‘Yellowstone’ Star Forrie J. Smith Believes Jimmy Could be the Next Rip Wheeler

by Jennifer Shea

Yellowstone’s Jimmy Hurdstrom (Jefferson White) has evolved considerably since he first appeared at the Dutton Ranch. He’s gone from a cringing junkie to a strapping cowboy who’s building a new life for himself.

And no one has been happier to see that transformation than White’s co-star Forrie J. Smith, who plays the senior ranch hand Lloyd on Yellowstone. On a recent episode of the official Yellowstone podcast, hosted by White, Smith not only put in an appearance, but also teased some upcoming developments for White’s character.

Among other things, Smith suggested that Jimmy could be the next Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser), John Dutton’s (Kevin Costner) enforcer and right-hand man who watches over the Dutton Ranch like a hawk. Could Jimmy become that kind of man at the Four Sixes?

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White welcomed Smith to the podcast by talking about their characters’ relationship. When Jimmy first arrived at the Dutton Ranch, Lloyd looked out for him and took his side, even when Jimmy was being bullied by other ranch hands.  

“A relationship that, for me, has been incredibly informative and instructional and nourishing is the relationship between Lloyd and Jimmy,” White said. “Because from day one, I, Jeff, have been looking to you, Forrie, for leadership, for mastery, I’ve been asking you questions. You’ve been teaching me how to ride, how to live in Montana, how to survive in the bunkhouse, all of this.”

“I’ve been learning lessons from you since day one of Yellowstone and Jimmy has also been learning lessons from Lloyd since day one of Yellowstone, you know,” White went on. “Lloyd has been in a lot of ways a sort of father figure to Jimmy, he’s always someone who showed him the affection and care that Rip doesn’t and John Dutton doesn’t, no one else does. So will you talk a little bit about Lloyd’s relationship to Jimmy and what that means for Lloyd, specifically? What it means to have that person looking up to him?”

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“You know, I think everybody kind of needs that,” Smith replied. “And Lloyd is – evidently it’ll come out in Season 4, people – I was that way with Rip.”

Smith then made a comparison that may be surprising to some Yellowstone fans, but will be less so to those who have watched Jimmy blossom at the Four Sixes.

“You’re kind of the next Rip,” Smith said. “And I see the heart and the determination in you, you know, you could’ve not shown up but you did, you showed up. Jimmy showed up and he put up with Rip harassing him and still sticks right in there, and Lloyd appreciates that and I think that’s one of the things that drew Lloyd to Jimmy, Jimmy’s determination and he was gonna do this.”

“If Rip didn’t care about you, he wouldn’t harass you,” Smith added, explaining that that’s how men in Montana show affection.

Jimmy made major strides during the first three seasons of Yellowstone. But since Jimmy left the Dutton Ranch, he’s really grown into himself. The time away from Montana has been good for him, and now he has an opportunity to be as important to the Four Sixes as Rip is to the Dutton Ranch. Tune in to Yellowstone Sundays at 8 p.m. ET to find out Jimmy’s fate.