‘Yellowstone’ TV: Fans Debate What John Dutton Would Do If He Knew Beth’s Major Secret

by Kayla Zadel
Photo Credit: Yellowstone Gallery, Paramount Network Press Center, Viacom

“Yellowstone” fans are dealt a devastating secret that Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) has been keeping since she was a teen. Not only do we find out what the only daughter of John Dutton (Kevin Costner) went through, but also why Beth has such a hatred for her brother, Jamie (Wes Bentley).

A teen Beth finds an interest in the new, adolescent ranch hand Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser). John Dutton has recently assigned him to the ranch after Rip is orphaned. Their young love results in an unplanned pregnancy. Beth is scared and doesn’t want to confront her father about it. So she consults her brother, Jamie, and asks him to drive her to an abortion clinic.

However, these series of events don’t necessarily sit well with fans. As a matter of fact, “Yellowstone” viewers find it hard to believe that two teenagers were able to hide something this big from John Dutton.

WWJD: What Would John Dutton Do?

What’s more, some “Yellowstone” fans took to Reddit to backtrack this situation that came to light in season 3. They debate how John would act if he knew about Beth’s teen pregnancy.

Would John Dutton come to Beth’s rescue and be supportive? Or would history repeat itself?

“Let’s be honest if Beth went to John aged 15 pregnant with Rips baby, she would of been shunned and rip would be dead, I mean the man couldn’t even forgive Beth over the death of her mother after a literal accident,” this viewer shares on Reddit.

This chat forum poster has a different opinion on this father-daughter moment. “Naw, I don’t believe that,” they write. “She’s a daddy’s girl. Oh, Rip would likely have gotten the shit kicked out of him, but John us traditional: Beth and Rip’s shot gun wedding would have been occurring.”

This person simply writes, “Would have taken rip to the train station.” Perhaps history would’ve repeated itself here. After all, Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and his then-girlfriend Monica (Kelsey Asbille), were in a similar situation. John brutally tells Monica in season 1 what he thought Kayce should’ve done about their unplanned pregnancy.

“We have proof positive of how John lost his sh-t when one of his kids came to him with an unplanned pregnancy, and that child was older, and wanted to do the right thing,” writes this fan. “There is ZERO reason to believe John wouldn’t have made sure the child was aborted, found out who impregnated his 15 year old daughter, and then made sure they were no longer drawing breath in this world.”

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