‘Yellowstone’: Jamie Dutton Actor Wes Bentley Says the ‘Stakes Are at Their Highest’ in Season 4

by Jennifer Shea
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“Yellowstone” is out with a new teaser, and in it, the cast and crew of “Yellowstone” bring everyone up to speed on where things stand as Season 4 begins.

With multiple Duttons’ lives hanging in the balance and an epic clash brewing over plans for an airport and ski resort in the valley, “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan has really ratcheted up the suspense.

Jamie Dutton actor Wes Bentley explains in the new cut that tensions were high in the valley as Season 3 ended. And as Season 4 begins, the stakes for his character and other “Yellowstone” protagonists just keep climbing.

“It feels like a lot of battle lines are being drawn,” Bentley said. “It really feels like the stakes are at their highest now.”

For Jamie Dutton, Season 4 Is a New Beginning

After he recovered from the shock, Jamie seemed to feel liberated by the revelation that he was adopted into the Dutton family. He sought out his biological father, Garrett Randall (Will Patton). Jamie even confided in him – perhaps a bit too much – before openly defying John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his adoptive sister Beth (Kelly Reilly) at the climactic meeting over Market Equities’ offer for Dutton’s land.

“There’ve been a lot of reunions,” Bentley said of where “Yellowstone” left off. “Not always good reunions.”

Jamie’s biological father remains a wild card in Season 4. In the Season 3 finale, he advised Jamie to “kill the king” – i.e., John – and take his ranch. That’s coming from the man who murdered Jamie’s biological mother (and shows no remorse over it). So it’s a safe bet that was not a figurative suggestion.

“Now that Jamie knows he’s not really a Dutton, it gives him more of a reason to want to explore who is this dad figure? But he knows the criminal aspect of him and the potential there,” Bentley explained.  

‘Yellowstone’ Is Taylor Sheridan’s World, We’re Just Watching It

The teaser also takes stock of the bigger picture. In it, multiple “Yellowstone” cast members praise Sheridan for the work he’s done on “Yellowstone.” Sheridan writes the show’s scripts and also executive produces.

“This is one of those things, once in a lifetime, where you’ve got a leader, a creator, who is so in tune with what they’re trying to express,” Bentley said. “And we’ve got that in this show: Taylor.”

Indeed, Sheridan led the cast and crew through the pandemic, shooting Season 4 in a small patch of Montana and coordinating with the state’s governor as he imported a group of creatives from Los Angeles into the area around the Chief Joseph Ranch.

But this ride won’t last forever. As Sheridan told Deadline last year, he doesn’t want to dilute the brand by stretching the show out indefinitely. He sees it running for about six seasons total.

“I know how the series ends, and you have to move in a straight line toward that end,” Sheridan said. “You can’t walk in circles, waiting to get there, because the show will stagnate. So, you have to keep moving forward. And there have to be consequences in the world, and there has to be an evolution toward a conclusion. “

The good news for fans? Despite all the violent tumult at the Dutton Ranch right now, Sheridan does not ultimately see his series as a tragedy.

Watch the new teaser in full here:

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