On Yellowstone, Carter (Finn Little) is facing an uphill battle to gain Rip’s (Cole Hauser) acceptance and Beth’s (Kelly Reilly) trust. The troubled tyke has decided to become a cowboy, and he has one shot at a life on the Dutton Ranch.
“The first rule is always keep your resume dusted off and ready to send out,” Bohen said. “Because you’re probably not gonna be here for very long. And just don’t pick any fights with anybody – that’s really the only golden rule.”
Yellowstone Ranch Hands Discuss Carter’s Addition to the Ranch
Meanwhile, in Episode 22 of “Stories from the Bunkhouse,” the Yellowstone ranch hands got into a more detailed discussion of Carter and his place on the ranch. They
“There’s this interesting character, this boy, that Beth meets on the sidewalk,” Bohen said of Carter.
“You know, it’s interesting to watch the boy sort of work his way into Beth and Rip’s strange little family,” chimed in Jimmy actor Jefferson White.
Bohen then argued that Beth introduces Carter to Rip “with one foot out the door,” and said she seemed to have brought the kid home in part to poke at Rip, whose first reaction is to be very mean to the kid.
Beth Dismantles Power Structures, Identifies with the Underdog
Rip and Beth are different in how they approach new people and situations, White pointed out. Beth experiments. She’s only really committed to her dad, John Dutton (Kevin Costner), and to Rip. But she’ll dabble in other things in a sort of noncommittal way. Rip, on the other hand, commits. He’ll keep everything at arm’s length unless he’s decided to make it part of his family.
There’s also “that weird kind of fractured relationship that [Beth] had with her mom,” Colby actor Denim Richards pointed out. “I think they’re both kind of like loving this kid in the way that they were raised.”
Plus, Beth seems to have “a soft spot for underdogs” on Yellowstone, White said. She instinctively goes after powerful figures and structures and seeks to break them down – unless, of course, you’re talking about the Dutton Ranch, an influential player in Montana politics in its own right. Carter is powerless, and Beth sees that, and she sympathizes with the boy.
Moreover, Beth sees in Carter a young Rip, a parallel that Rip himself is slower to recognize. Will he take to Carter eventually? Or will Carter have to leave the ranch early?
To find out, catch Yellowstone on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on the Paramount Network. And watch the Bunkhouse Boys dissect Carter’s presence on the ranch here: