‘Yellowstone’ TV: Wild Fan Theory Suggests Dutton Family Member Planned Attacks, Purposefully Spared Rip Wheeler

by Jennifer Shea
Paramount Network

“Yellowstone” fans have some time on their hands while they wait for the Season 4 premiere. And some of them are spending it on Reddit discussing the show, tossing out theories and having debates.

One of those fan theories is that Jamie (Wes Bentley) was somehow behind the bomb that arrived at Beth’s (Kelly Reilly) office in the Season 3 finale.

Jamie and Beth have never been close. And after Jamie gave his permission for Beth to be sterilized without her knowledge, their relationship devolved into open hatred.

That was where they found themselves when “Yellowstone” started, eventually trading insults and, on one occasion, punches. When Jamie finally set aside his political career to rejoin the family, tail between his legs, Beth greeted his return with vicious laughter. And in the Season 3 finale, Jamie relished his chance to overrule Beth due to her lack of legal knowledge.

But would Jamie really go so far as to kill Beth? His biological father did tell him killing is the only talent Randalls have.

Did Jamie Try to Kill Beth?

On Reddit, one fan laid out the theory that Jamie sent the bomb to Beth’s office.

First of all, the fan pointed out that we know the Duttons have access to explosives. The fan also noted that Kayce (Luke Grimes) was not harmed by the bomb – although as Season 3 ended, he was facing a pack of intruders in his office – and Rip (Cole Hauser) emerged unscathed, as well. Jamie had seemed to like both Kayce and Rip better than the rest of the people at the ranch.

“I really hope Beth survived and isn’t in too critical condition,” the fan added. “She’s way too important to kill off. The show is very male dominated and needs a strong female lead like her.”

Of course, not everyone shared that opinion. Another poster chimed in with the view from Jamie fans.

“If he attacked Beth it was well deserved,” that person argued. “I understand that he made a bad decision in the past but he was just a teenager.”

That said, the Duttons do have plenty of enemies. And while the season-ending string of attacks that someone visited on the Duttons may not all be from the same source, they did come after the Duttons’ hedge fund antagonists vowed to pull no punches.

Bentley Opens Up About Jamie and “Yellowstone”

Jamie is a difficult character to play. He starts out sympathetic and gradually becomes the most problematic member of the Dutton family as “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan peels back the layers of his story. Bentley said Jamie is wrestling with the aftermath of his own bad decisions at the end of Season 3.

“I think Jamie, coming with the realization that he isn’t even a Dutton, is realizing what he did cannot get fixed, or maybe he doesn’t have the ability to fix it,” Bentley told Entertainment Weekly last summer. “He’s trying to be strong there and stand up and say, ‘All right, it’s broken. You’re right. I’m not even one of you. But I still got to do something.’ But you know Jamie, he doesn’t make the best decisions. He makes a choice, I’ll put it that way.”

Bentley encouraged an interviewer’s suggestion that Jamie “go full villain,” so he surely wouldn’t object to the speculation from fans on Reddit. What’s more, he said it’s great that fans have their own theories about the show.

“I love fan fiction and fans guessing,” he said. “I don’t go online, but I get told these things literally on the phone with my mom.”

He added, “I love that, and you know, fans get involved and have theories and we’re going to have a lot of fun with it.”