‘Yellowstone’ Season 4: What Was the Timeline After the Explosion?

by Leanne Stahulak

During last night’s Season 4 premiere of “Yellowstone,” we finally discovered the fate of the Dutton family members who were attacked.

WARNING! Major spoilers ahead for the Season 4 premiere, so be prepared!

Episode 1, titled “Half the Money,” picks up right where the explosive Season 3 finale left off. We find out that Beth survives the explosion in her office, but after the first 15 minutes are up, John and Kayce’s fates are still unknown. Kayce survived the initial gunfight in his office, but he got shot while pursuing the men who attacked his father. John, meanwhile, gets taken away in a helicopter to the hospital.

After the title sequence rolls and we see a flashback to the Duttons circa 1893 (Hello, Tim McGraw), we finally get back to the present day. But the present day happens to be a whole two months after the explosion in Beth’s office.

That’s right, “Yellowstone” fans. Twenty minutes into the episode, and we already have a two-month time jump after the explosion. We don’t find out that two months have passed until the end of the episode when Beth confronts Jamie in his office. She said she waited two months to see if John would live or die.

Apparently, he spent the majority of those two months in a coma. Right after the 1893 flashback, the “Yellowstone” episode cuts to John waking up and wandering the hospital. At one point, Beth gets into an argument with the doctors and says, “You tell me he’ll never wake up, and then when he does you put him back to f—–g sleep?”

Eventually, John recovers enough to make it back to the ranch. But he’s still got a long road of healing ahead of him.

What Else Happened on ‘Yellowstone’ During the Two Month Time Gap?

Fans were just as surprised as John to find out that two months had passed. A lot can happen in that amount of time, so let’s dive into what we know.

As of right now, the ranch still belongs to the Duttons. Jamie decided to lease the land to Market Equities instead of selling to keep the ranch together. Market Equities began using the land for their airport and ski resort. Construction paused on the airport though after the crews dug up some human remains and Native American artifacts.

Kayce survived his gunshot wounds, but he’s no closer to finding out who ordered the hit on the Duttons. He estimates half of the militia who came after them are still alive. And that’s half too many for John, who orders Kayce to kill them.

Chairman Thomas Rainwater might have a clue as to who ordered the hit, though. One of the militiamen played at Rainwater’s casino and confessed to being the “party planner” behind the hits. We still don’t know what info Mo beats out of him about the mastermind.

We’ll have to wait until next week to see what other plots reveal themselves from this two-month time jump.