‘Yellowstone’: Kelly Reilly Says Taking Carter in Is ‘Poetic and Beautiful’

by Chris Haney
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In the newest episode of Yellowstone, Beth Dutton‘s relationship with young Carter becomes even more complex as she seems to think long and hard about being the teenager’s guardian. Recently, Beth actress Kelly Reilly shared details about the ongoing storyline with TVLine.

During Season 4, Episode 3, Beth may have bitten off more than she can chew with Carter. The young boy did the unthinkable when he seemed to soften the typically unapologetic character when she brought him home to Rip. Fans who tuned in to the newest episode of Yellowstone saw Reilly’s character in a light we haven’t seen before. Carter seemed to unearth Beth’s maternal instinct a bit, or so we thought.

The Beth we all know came back fast after taking Carter to a store to buy him some new clothes. She offered to purchase him some new boots, a jacket, and a hat. However, the boy wasn’t interested in any of that, and instead tried to make a deal for a shirt he liked instead. Beth almost left Carter in the parking lot for pushing her buttons, but eventually took the boy back to the ranch. Welcome to life with a young teenager, Beth. It’s not exactly a joy ride, as Rip tried to warn her.

Once Beth gets home, she needs a drink… or the whole bottle as she says. Reilly’s character sent Carter to sleep in the barn, and said the boy isn’t welcome in she and Rip’s home now. It’s a hard stance, but one that Rip warned Beth about since he said it would take time to make a man of the boy. Reilly spoke to TVLine about the three character’s complex relationship in Season 4.

‘Yellowstone’ Star Kelly Reilly Talks About Beth’s Relationship to Carter

During the interview, the outlet asked Kelly Reilly about Beth Dutton becoming Carter’s guardian. It’s new territory for the character, and a definite departure from Beth’s abrasive demeanor.

“I’m not sure it is maternal instincts, though,” Reilly said to TVLine. “I think you can just care about a kid who is lost and has nothing. Is that maternal, or is that just being compassionate? I don’t think she’s going, ‘Oh, this is my child for us to go live happily ever after with.’ She’s just thinking that here’s this kid who is just like her man, who has nothing. And if she doesn’t help him, he has no life.”

Reilly went on to explain the comparison to Rip further. She referenced her father, John Dutton (Kevin Costner), and how he took in Rip when he was a teenager. The two young men and how they came about living on the Dutton Ranch definitely share a similar origin story.

“And just in the fact that John Dutton helped Rip when he was a kid on the ranch and she fell in love with him then, there’s something poetic and beautiful in that,” Reilly added.

We didn’t see Carter again after he and Beth’s argument, but we’ll see how their relationship progresses next week when Episode 4 airs on Sunday.

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