‘Yellowstone’ Fans Are Freaking Out About Brutal Tim McGraw Flashback Scene

by Leanne Stahulak

Tim McGraw keeps popping up more and more in “Yellowstone,” as the “1883” prequel series ties into the modern-day show.

This past week, on Season 4 Episode 8 of “Yellowstone,” McGraw appeared in a lengthy flashback scene that also featured his wife, Faith Hill. We don’t know when exactly the scene takes place (other flashbacks have said 1893) but we do learn a lot about the original Dutton family.

Hill plays Margaret Dutton, matriarch and mother of the next generation of Dutton ranchers. McGraw plays James Dutton, the family leader and impromptu sheriff who keeps horse thieves and other criminals off their land.

During the flashback, Margaret clearly worries about James’s safety as he tracks down some horse thieves. Her worries are not put to rest when James stumbles home bleeding from a gunshot wound. He and his men hunted down the criminals, and he even left one alive to spread a message to other horse thieves. But not without consequence.

Earlier today, the official “Yellowstone” Instagram account posted a brief video of McGraw in the flashback. In the video, he tells the horse thief, “I don’t care if you live or die, but should you live, you tell them about me.” The account captioned the post, “Remember the Dutton name.”

Some “Yellowstone” fans really appreciated the flashback, which gives an insight into the Dutton family philosophy about defending what’s theirs. But others resented the amount of time taken away from the episode and loss of focus on the modern-day Duttons.

‘Yellowstone’ Fans Speak Out About Constant Tim McGraw and ‘1883’ Flashbacks

In the comments of the Instagram post, “Yellowstone” fans shared their hot takes on the flashback scene and “1883” in general.

“Tim McGraw is SO good in this series and Faith too! Love them both!!” one fan commented. Another said that the flashback scene featured “Great lines!”

One dedicated fan defended the constant references to “1883” in “Yellowstone.”

“I feel like I’m the only one that likes 1883. It is 10x more violent and a hell of a lot less PG in my opinion than Yellowstone, really gives you the true wild Wild West vibes, pretty sure more people have been killed in the first two episodes than in all of Season 4. Plus Sam Elliot is incredible.”

Another person wrote, “I seriously did not expect this show to be so good. I’ll watch anything with Sam Elliott but I really didn’t expect this.”

Other fans, however, are less than pleased about the references to Taylor Sheridan’s other shows. “Really don’t need this ad taking space in the show,” one “Yellowstone” fan commented.

“They’ve pushed this so much I can’t stand to watch it,” another person said.

“That belongs on the 1883 page, not the Yellowstone page. Sick and tired of the spin-offs,” someone else wrote.

Are you happy to see Tim McGraw on “Yellowstone?” Tell us your thoughts, Outsiders.