John Dutton (Kevin Costner) plays for keeps, but he has his own peculiar notions of justice, even when dealing with his enemies. And “Yellowstone” is reminding fans of that in a new clip from Sunday’s episode.
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched Season 4 yet and want to find out for yourself what happens, read no further.
In the intense Episode 3 scene, we see Dutton disposing of the man who proudly declared that he helped arrange the Season 3 attacks on the Dutton family. Dutton drives out to the “train station” – the spot where he and Rip dispose of problematic people – in the dark with the man in the back of his truck. Then he drags the man, bound and gagged, to the side of the road, and drops a pistol near his head.
What Dutton has in mind is an old-fashioned shootout. And he’s willing to risk his life to deal with this assassin’s helper according to his own code.
“This is as even as it’s gonna get,” Dutton tells his opponent.
Watch what happens next here:
‘Yellowstone’ Patriarch Is Determined to Hunt Down Militia That Carried Out the Attacks
As that scene suggests, Dutton did not endure multiple gunshot wounds and an extended hospital stay for nothing. He tells his son Kayce (Luke Grimes) that their first task now is to hunt down the remaining members of the militia that carried out the attacks on the family. As livestock commissioner, Kayce has the authority to do just that.
But after his meeting with Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) and Mo (Mo Brings Plenty), Dutton now knows that the militia was just a pawn in a larger scheme. He doesn’t recognize the photo of the felon who ordered the hit on him. But he’s sure someone else was behind that order, possibly someone he would recognize. His next task is to find out who that is.
Meanwhile, the shooting seems to have inspired Dutton to leave a bigger legacy than just the survival of his ranch. He wants to make the Dutton Ranch brand synonymous with the finest horses in the world. And he’s investing what money he has left in that ambition.
Will Dutton survive to see his aspirations bear fruit? Tune in to the Paramount Network Sundays at 8 p.m. ET to find out.
Season 4 Is Seeing Sky-High Ratings
Sunday’s episode of “Yellowstone” brought in 7.49 million viewers. Not too shabby, but it pales in comparison to the total viewership numbers for the Season 4 premiere.
The live-plus-7 rating, which includes seven days of delayed viewing, put the premiere’s viewership at 11.24 million, according to Variety. That represents a new series high and makes the premiere the most-watched cable series telecast since a 2018 episode of “The Walking Dead.”
“[Series co-creator] Taylor [Sheridan] has created a riveting world that our remarkable cast led by Kevin Costner brings to life in a way audiences can’t get enough of,” Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of MTV Entertainment Group, told Deadline. “The Yellowstone Season 4 premiere numbers are just another reason why we are thrilled to deepen our relationship with Taylor and capitalize on this tremendous momentum by building out the Yellowstone franchise together.”
Fans of “Yellowstone” can look forward to the “1883” and “6666” spinoffs. The latter reportedly features Jimmy actor Jefferson White and Walker actor Ryan Bingham. In the meantime, “Yellowstone”-style revenge is due, and the Duttons have just gotten started.