‘Yellowstone’ TV: Tate Dutton Actor Brecken Merrill Reveals Behind the Scenes Secret About Scene That Never Aired

by Quentin Blount

The youngest of all the stars on Yellowstone took to social media on Sunday afternoon to share a sneak peek look at a scene that was never aired.

On the hit Paramount Network show, we all know and love little Tate Dutton. He, of course, is the defiant and curious son of Kayce and Monic. And he is the grandson of Kevin Costner’s character, John Dutton. But his name in real life is Brecken Merrill. The recently-turned 13-year-old has played Tate Dutton on the show since it began. And on Sunday, he let all of his fans in on a cool behind-the-scenes moment.

You may recall at the end of season two, Tate was kidnapped off the ranch. With one of his boots left behind, the Dutton family was able to piece together who the culprits were. That would be the Becks — one of their obvious rivals. When Tate’s dad, Kayce, confronts them about what happened, he ends up shooting both of the brothers.

Would you have liked to see the kidnapping scene played out in the show? It almost happened. In fact, Yellowstone even shot the scene. But according to the young actor himself, Merrill says that producers decided against airing it.

“Happy #yellowstonetv Sunday!” Merrill posted on Instagram. “Today’s pic is a little glimpse at a scene that never aired. We actually filmed Tate’s kidnapping, but in the end it was decided not showing it happen added to the tension and suspense. I agree!”

‘Yellowstone’ Fans Like Seeing Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Even though the scene never aired, Brecken Merrill still enjoyed his time shooting it.

“It was still fun to shoot though,” he continued. “Here I am with stunt coordinator and all-around nice guy @jrodstunts (he taught me how to rope fence posts!) and a kidnapper. (I can’t see which kidnapper this was — sorry! We are officially one week closer to season 4! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. #duttonranch #letsgotowork #bunkhouseboys #bts #allinadayswork #kidnapping #tatedutton”

The only thing better than the show Yellowstone itself, is well, more Yellowstone. It seems like loyal fans of the show agree that they enjoy all of the content they can get. As a matter of fact, they took to the comments section of young Merrill’s post. They thanked him for showing some behind-the-scenes footage from the show.

“Thank you for sharing. Love to see behind the scenes,” one fan wrote.

“Happy Sunday back at ya! It’s always interesting to hear the backstory of these episodes. Thank you for sharing,” another follower commented.

Even Jason Rodriguez, the stunt coordinator who goes by @jrodstunts on Instagram, commented on Merrill’s post.

“Always good working with you buddy!”