Take a look back at Yellowstone’s Navy SEAL Veteran, Kayce Dutton, as he makes his way through the very real benefits – and struggles – of being a military vet.
***Be warned – there are spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t watched all three seasons of Yellowstone.***
For a modern American classic like Yellowstone, it’s a perfect fit for one of the Dutton clan to be a veteran. For the Duttons, it’s “prodigal son” Kayce.
Kayce Dutton is a former U.S. Navy Seal. While Kayce – and his family (even Rip) – find great honor in his service – it also haunts him to his core. His struggles, triumphs, and demons are the kind our U.S. Veterans must live within reality. In short, we owe each a debt of gratitude not only for their service time, but for the life-long merits – light or dark – they must shoulder for us, and always have in order to guard their country.
Take a look back at Kayce’s most riveting moments as a modern day warrior and U.S. Navy SEAL Veteran.
Kayce Dutton & The Cattle Thief Shootout
Within, Cattle Officer Kayce has full mastery of the situation. From military tactics to saving fellow officer’s (and friend’s) lives, here we see Kayce for the modern warrior he has become.
The intensity of this shootout is made far more poignant by the rest of this list. Once you’ve seen the full picture of Kayce Dutton, it’s hard not to appreciate the brilliance of this character.
The Struggles of Being A Warrior
Within this next montage from Paramount, we see much of the PTSD that plagues Kayce and his family. Here, alongside many riveting glimpses into Kayce’s life as a veteran, we hear directly from actor Luke Grimes on his respect he holds for his character and the things he has done – and continues to do.
“Wanna Hear a War Story?”
One fateful mission in Pakistan leads Kayce directly to a high-value target and enemy. The scum, however, isn’t alone and is using his leashed daughter and wife to shield himself. After he opens fire and kills several of Kayce’s soldiers, Kayce has no choice but to retaliate – killing the captive daughter and wife in the process.
Kayce Dutton vs The Bear
After returning home to the ranch, this enormous Yellowstone grizzly represents the new challenged Kayce will face. In short, there will never be a lack of trouble. Just trouble of a different kind.
And of course, keep watching to relive Rip’s special way of welcoming his “brother” home. With his fist.
Kayce Makes Monica a Promise
Thankfully, however, he is rescued by his father, who shows off the full run of his SEAL skills. Here, we see Monica ask Kayce to make her a promise. And it’s one he wasn’t expecting.
This exchange shows Monica become the “mama bear” she was born to be. Much to Kayce’s surprise, she finally understands his side of things – and that sometimes a man is better off dead. Especially the kind that would kidnap a child.
Bonus: “F*ck it & Flawed Logic”
Here, we see Kayce & Rip devise a hilariously-worded plan for herding on the ranch.
What could go wrong?
Eager for more Kayce Dutton? Thankfully, we don’t have too long to go until we find out where he – and certain guilty parties – end up. Yellowstone fans are set for plenty more of the show – and possibly even a film.
Season 4 hits in 2021 and Paramount is expected to announce the official release date with a trailer any day now.
Yellowstone is celebrating Veteran’s Day, as well, with a Kayce Dutton themed post dedicated to all U.S. servicemen & women.