So far, the volatile relationship between Beth, Rip, and their troublesome teenage ward, Carter, is proving a highlight of Season 4. Rip has no interest in taking in a “child” like Carter. He doesn’t like children, for one. But Rip knows this sort of bad-news-youth from a mile away. It’s like looking in a mirror to his younger self. And he sees Carter playing Beth for all she’s worth.
So what does he do? He tells his fiance and love of his life not to treat the orphan “like a pet.” If she does, that’s what she’ll get, Rip says. And not a good pet, either.
“What did you just call him?” Beth responds, setting up a priceless line that Yellowstone is highlighting Friday.
“I love you, I’ll see you at the house… But f**k you,” Beth spits, and means it. Kelly Reilly pours so much love and frustration into this one bit of dialogue that Cole Hauser’s reaction as Rip comes out perfect. His genuine chuckle and smile over the fire that is Reilly/Beth completes the best dialogue exchange of Yellowstone Season 4. And we love them both for it.
Classic Beth. As Reilly explained in a recent interview, however, Beth’s bite has proven a double-edged sword for her.
Kelly Reilly’s Fiery ‘Yellowstone’ Breakout Keeps Getting Her Offers for ‘Poorly Written Beths’
While speaking to Looper on Season 4, Reilly opened up about the affects Beth Dutton has had on her career.
“Obviously, I play Beth and people like it,” she broached the subject. This is a true statement, to say the least. But the sheer amount of love people hold for her in this role has led to Reilly being “inundated with very feisty, strong, violent-type women. I don’t want to play that again, those badly written Beths,” she says outright.
In fact, Reilly issues a lighthearted warning to Hollywood that she intends to “stay away” from these cheap knockoffs. Instead, she say she’s “looking for the next role that takes me into different waters.”
As for what those waters may be, Reilly is unsure. “I do a lot of work in Europe, obviously, as I’m from here. I’m in London right now. So, I just want to keep myself engaged and excited about the work I’m doing. I never really know what that is until I read it.”
Whatever role she tackles next, it’ll be hard to top Yellowstone‘s Beth Dutton and the chemistry she holds with Rip Wheeler’s Cole Hauser. That’s for damn sure.