‘Yellowstone’ TV: Fans Speculate on Deeper Meaning Behind One John Dutton Line

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” fans are not sitting idly by as they wait for Season 4 to begin. Instead, they’re debating storylines and plot holes, future developments and favorite moments. And in the latest debate, one fan raised questions about a key John Dutton (Kevin Costner) line from Season 3.

On Reddit, the “Yellowstone” fan wondered why Dutton said what he said after Beth shared what happened between her and Jamie.

“John’s line: It’s all for nothing,” the fan posted. “John says this after Beth tells him what happened at 17. Why?”

Fans Guess at Deeper Meaning Behind the Line

When Beth (Kelly Reilly) was a teenager, she got pregnant by Rip (Cole Hauser). She turned to Jamie (Wes Bentley) for help, and so he took her to a clinic on the local Native American reservation. Jamie was afraid that if he took her to the Planned Parenthood in town, people would talk. There was just one problem: using the clinic came with a condition. Beth would have to get a hysterectomy. Jamie agreed to the procedure without telling Beth what was happening.

On Reddit, fans shared their thoughts on why Dutton said what he said after learning of this turn of events.

“Omg I don’t know if it was just a bad day but I felt this in my heart and knew exactly what he meant,” another “Yellowstone” fan posted to Reddit. “He kept this together. [And] he killed people. He sacrificed everything to keep the ranch and for what? He’s realizing that he may be fighting for something that no one else will fight for when he’s gone. I feel like he wanted his family to love the ranch and want to preserve it as much as he does, instead they only want to preserve it BECAUSE he does. I think there was a lot of meaning to it.”

Another fan said Dutton explained what he was thinking when he exploded at Jamie, telling him Tate (Brecken Merrill) can’t handle the ranch by himself. What has Dutton been fighting for all these years except to preserve his property to pass it down to his grandchildren?

“He kind of covers this when he’s yelling at Jamie,” the fan posted. “He only has one grandchild and will likely only ever have one grandchild to pass the ranch down to. John yells at Jamie about how is Tate supposed to run and protect the ranch all by himself. Jamie won’t have kids (he doesn’t know about the pregnant ex) and Monica and Kayce probably are not having anymore kids. Lee’s dead and Beth can’t have any. There’s only Tate and it takes more then one person to run it.”

‘Yellowstone’ Season 3 Ended on a Cliffhanger

Fans are no doubt waiting breathlessly for Season 4 to begin after the Season 3 finale left them hanging. As the season finale drew to a close, three Duttons – John, Kayce (Luke Grimes) and Beth – were in mortal peril. John Dutton became the target of a roadside attack. Kayce faced a pack of intruders busting into his office. And Beth disappeared in a cloud of smoke and flames as a bomb went off in her office.

It’s an open question whether all three will survive to see Season 4. In 2010, “Yellowstone” co-creator and writer Taylor Sheridan praised the artistic bravery that writers showed in killing off a key character on “Sons of Anarchy” – in that case, his character, Deputy David Hale.

“I think it’s very bold and very daring, and ordinarily in a series they don’t do that to characters that are so interwoven,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s artistically a pretty incredible choice.”

“Yellowstone” fans can only hope that none of the actors playing their favorite characters are asking for more money, and that Sheridan didn’t take a lesson from the “SOA” writers’ artistic decision to kill off an important character.