“It’s not his name, it’s my name,” John Dutton tells Governor Perry in a hard-hitting Yellowstone Season 4, Episode 7 exchange. Is the patriarch done with his adopted son? And likewise? Be warned, significant spoilers for Yellowstone are ahead.
Season 4’s “Keep the Wolves Close” was, in this Outsider’s opinion, the best episode this season since its premiere. Things are truly rolling now with several plots set in motion that will change the show forever.
7 episodes in, Governor Perry is finally back in the fold. And as ol’ JD says, “When governors drop by unannounced, it’s either real good or real bad.” In this case, it’s real bad for the patriarch.
Through Perry’s reunion with John, we learn that she’s running for Senate. and she’s considering endorsing Jamie for the next Montana governor.
John, as Yellowstone fans would expect, loses it.
“He’s the devil we know, John. I’ll take my chances,” Perry tells him, giving the episode its title. But John isn’t having it. At all. So much so, in fact, that he fights every instinct in his body to tell her that she can indorse him instead.
That’s right, Duttonheads. We’re seeing JD run for Governor of Montana. And it’s going to be so, so messy.
Fallout of John vs Jamie for Gubernatorial Race will be Paramount for ‘Yellowstone’
Through it all, Perry is shocked to see John’s dismay over his own son running for office. “He has your name,” she tells him.
“It’s not his name, it’s mine,” John growls back. His words hold such bite that we learn, finally, that he is truly done with his adopted son. “He will destroy everything we love.”
As Yellowstone Season 4 has made clear, however, Jamie himself is far more torn over whether to move on from his Dutton family. He was all but ready to kill his biological father, Garrett Randall, over orchestrating their assassination attempts. That is, until Randall managed to get Jamie’s son and her mother, Christina onto their new ranch.
Early episodes, too, taught us that Jamie was orchestral in helping his family survive the aftermath of those assassinations. But he didn’t show up for them. No hospital visits. Nothing. As Kayce tells him, “You didn’t even call.”
Jamie is finally faced with this absence in Episode 7’s ending, too; and it’s the big reason why he’s past the point of no return with his father and sister.
John & Beth Twist the Knife Over Jamie’s Absence
“Thanks for the flowers. They meant a lot,” John tells Jamie coldly outside his son’s office. He and Beth are there waiting for Governor Perry’s big announcement downstairs. And the name she endorses won’t be the one Jamie thinks he’s going to hear.
“We wouldn’t miss this for the world, son,” John continues. Ouch.
And the announcement is soul-crushing, too. Jamie is utterly defeated, and understandably so as his adoptive father and sister continue to twist the knife as hard as they can.
“This is just the beginning,” Beth whispers into the ear of a visibly hurt Jamie.
Through this riveting episode, Yellowstone sets up a brilliant showdown between John and Jamie. These two Duttons are going to dig up every last bit of dirt on each other, and it will absolutely come down to the last man standing.
It’s all been leading to this, folks. It’s going to tear these two completely apart. And we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.