When Season 3 of “Yellowstone” left off, Jimmy Hurdstrom (Jefferson White) had been knocked unconscious by a fall from a horse. As Season 4 opens, his girlfriend, Mia (Eden Brolin), finds him on the ground and – perhaps unwisely – turns his unresponsive body over, sobbing.
So what did the actor who plays Jimmy think about the Season 3 cliffhanger, in which not only Jimmy’s but three other protagonists’ lives hang in the balance? John Dutton (Kevin Costner), Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) all came under attack in the Season 3 finale.
“I looked at it, and I was like, ‘Okay, four people. Four people are down,’” White recounted. “‘If anyone’s dead, is it going to be a Dutton? Or is it going to be this?’” And he pointed at his own face, laughing.
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the Season 4 premiere of “Yellowstone” and want to find out for yourself what happens, read no further.
‘Yellowstone’ Bunkhouse Boys Dish on Season 4 Premiere
In a new episode of Stories from the Bunkhouse, White chatted with his fellow Bunkhouse Boys, Denim Richards and Ian Bohen, about where things stood as the Season 4 premiere got underway. They debated Kayce’s swift moves to take down John’s attackers in the opening scenes of the Season 4 premiere.
“One of my favorite things about that opening sequence is finally seeing Kayce, like, switch,” White said. “We’ve sort of seen these flashes of him, of his past, for the last three seasons. And in that moment, for the first time, he sort of takes off any filter and just, like, brings the war to Montana.”
“He didn’t need to think about anything,” Richards, who plays Colby, agreed. “It’s just reacting. The only way you survive is if you just go to what you know.”
“I see it a little, just a freckle differently,” Bohen, who plays Ryan, demurred. “Where the first three seasons, when we see him click over, it’s the animal, and the emotion comes out almost from a place of fear and survival. It’s emotional. And it’s a trigger, as it he seems like he’s gotten sharper. When I saw him in this sequence, he did the same thing, but it was unemotional.”
Watch the full “Yellowstone” Bunkhouse Boys episode here:
Jimmy Is Headed to the Four Sixes
As it turned out, Jimmy survived the fall from the horse, but he had a long, painful rehabilitation process ahead of him. And more worryingly, he had broken his promise to John.
As Dutton made clear to Jimmy, he wasn’t about to watch him slowly gain his strength back only to throw it all away again by getting cocky and returning to rodeo. But Dutton didn’t toss him out with nowhere to turn. Instead, he sent him to a ranch in Texas along with Travis (Taylor Sheridan).
Thus begins Jimmy’s journey to the “Yellowstone” spinoff “6666,” which White has already signed up to join. Accompanying him at some point will be Walker (Ryan Bingham). Some fans have speculated that Beth will also wind up at the Four Sixes, but it’s hard to imagine Beth without Rip (Cole Hauser).
Time will tell how that spinoff takes shape. But in the meantime, looks like the “Yellowstone” Bunkhouse is one cowboy down.
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