‘Yellowstone’ Star John Emmet Tracy Opens Up About Outside Threats the Duttons Face

by Jennifer Shea

Yellowstone star John Emmet Tracy has a ringside seat to the unfolding battle between the Dutton family and Market Equities. And in a new interview, he opened up about the “outside threats” the Duttons are facing.

“I love that in Season 4, the storylines are simultaneously expanding and coming into a narrower focus,” the actor recently told The Express. “The Duttons are facing much stronger outside threats, like Market Equities’ intensified efforts to develop the land. And Garrett Randall’s increasing influence over Jamie and, therefore, the Dutton family.”

“At the same time, Season 4 is doing much deeper explorations of the relationships between the characters,” he added. “This is true of John and his children, Beth and Rip, Kayce and Monica, even Lloyd and Walker.”

Yellowstone Star Says He Didn’t Even Know If His Character Was Complicit in Season 3 Attacks

What’s more, Tracy offered some behind-the-scenes details about how information gets out on the set of Yellowstone. He said that when it comes to crucial plot developments, Taylor Sheridan plays his cards close to his vest and keeps details of future episodes tightly under wraps.

Tracy’s own character, who is Market Equities’ chief counsel, could have been implicated in the attacks on the Dutton family. But Tracy says he had no idea if he’d participated in the attacks or not until it was his turn to read the script for Season 4.

“When we were shooting the season three finale, that information was definitely kept under wraps,” Tracy told The Express. “Many of us were playing characters that seemed likely to be guilty. But when shooting the finale, even we didn’t know if we’d done it. That remained true until season four scripts started coming in.”

You can’t blame Sheridan for being circumspect. Yellowstone has a pretty big cast, and with most of the actors kept in the dark about what happens next, there’s less chance of spoilers leaking out to the audience before the episodes air.

In Season 4, Multiple Threats Loom for the Duttons

As the season finale draws near, the Duttons are facing down multiple threats. For one, it remains to be seen how well Beth (Kelly Reilly) has neutralized Market Equities, which aims to swallow up the whole valley where the Dutton Ranch sits. For another, Jamie’s (Wes Bentley) biological father (Will Patton) is still on the loose and has vowed to try to kill the Duttons again.

But lately, the family has also been consumed by divisions from within. John Dutton (Kevin Costner) has turned against Beth. There is an uneasy truce between Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith) and Walker (Ryan Bingham), but only just barely. And after Rip (Cole Hauser) caught Beth turning to Walker in a vulnerable moment, a rift is growing up between the fan-favorite lovebirds, too.

Will the Dutton Ranch manage to pull it together in time to face those looming outside threats? Tune in to the season finale tomorrow on the Paramount Network at 8 p.m. ET to find out.