‘Yellowstone’ TV: Rip Wheeler Actor Cole Hauser Teases That ‘Everybody’s in Danger’ Ahead of Season 4

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser, who plays Rip Wheeler on the show, is not ruling out some serious revenge action in Season 4 of “Yellowstone.”

Hauser appeared at Deadline’s Contenders Television event recently along with co-stars Kelly Reilly, who plays Beth Dutton, and Gil Birmingham, who plays Thomas Rainwater. And he joked around about Rip’s deadly history as John Dutton’s (Kevin Costner) enforcer. He also hinted at Rip’s capacity for further violence in the season ahead.

Hauser reportedly conceded that the first episode of Season 4 might well be dubbed “The Wrath of Rip.” “Yellowstone” Season 3 ended with Beth, Rip’s beloved, disappearing into an explosion that engulfed her office after her assistant opened a suspicious package. Add to that John Dutton seriously wounded by a drive-by shooting and Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) fending off a pack of intruders at his office, and you’ve got a recipe for a very angry Rip. So there is the potential for some serious score-settling in Season 4.

“Everybody’s in danger in Montana after that,” Hauser said.

‘Yellowstone’ Star Says Beth and Rip Are Meant to Be Together

As the show’s resident star-crossed lovers, Beth and Rip have become fan favorites. Hauser said Rip has eyes for no one else. And the journey the two have taken together on “Yellowstone” has just cemented Rip’s conviction that they’re meant for each other.

“As far as Rip’s concerned, that was his first and only love from when he was 15 years old,” Hauser told Deadline. “Time stopped for him… He realized how really special she was and what she could give to his life. But he has lost her a lot over time. I love what Taylor did. He made it a slow burn for us. And it has taken four years now to investigate each other as people, and how their hearts beat. And it has been a pleasure to do that with Kelly.”

As for Reilly, she called the couple “soulmates.” And she said that while both have their violent tendencies, they’ve found peace together.

“We see them with all the other characters and then when they are together they just bring out a whole different color in each other,” Reilly said. “It provides a level of healing for Beth, a place for her to rest and lay down her weapons. Rip loves her in a way that’s so unconditional. And she’s starting to settle into that place. It’s so beautiful these broken characters are finding some sort of home with each other.”

Show Also Tackles Native American Issues

At the Deadline event, Birmingham, who is of Comanche lineage, spoke on how “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan has illuminated issues affecting Native Americans.

The show has especially tried to draw attention to the threats faced by Native American women. But it has also touched on issues like economic hardship and suicide.

“It is raising awareness of conditions that have happened on reservations historically going back 400 years to now,” Birmingham said. “Taylor has incorporated these themes to inform people while entertaining them. It’s not a podium, but there are serious issues that most people were unaware of. It is critically important for Native people in being recognized as being present, and not historical artifacts.”

With the next season just around the corner, fans won’t have long to wait before their favorite “Yellowstone” characters are back for Round 4.