‘Yellowstone’ Star Josh Holloway and Family Are Wishing All a ‘Happy Everything’ in New Post

by Jon D. B.

He may no longer be Yellowstone‘s Roarke Morris, but life roars on for Josh Holloway and his ridiculously beautiful family this holiday season.

“Happy everything from me and mine, to you and yours,” Holloway posts to his official Instagram Christmas Eve morning. In the photo by his wife, Yessica, we see his two picture-perfect children in what is surely the beginning of a fruitful modeling career.

Or, as Instagram fan GoodCry2 puts it: “ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THOSE FACES ??????”

As for Josh Holloway himself, the fan-favorite actor is, well, no longer a part of Yellowstone. Instead, he will be starring in the new HBO Max series, Duster. Within, he’s reuniting with LOST creator J.J. Abrams, a pairing that’s sure to excite.

But what of Roarke Morris? Is he really gone forever? Would Yellowstone truly dispose of one of the best antagonists they’ve ever produced?

To answer that question, we’ve got to dive into some serious spoiler territory, so be warned.

The Fate of ‘Yellowstone’s Roarke Morris

As Season 4, Episode 1 of Yellowstone wraps up, Rip approaches Roarke while the Market Equities villain is fly-fishing, his favorite pastime. His angling holiday goes from peaceful to deadly real quick, however.

“Is this yours?” Rip asks. The furious right-hand of John Dutton then flings a diamondback rattlesnake from a cooler out onto Roarke’s face. The viper latches on, and in less than a minute-and-a-half, Roarke is lying dead in the forest.

“Is he really dying like this?” millions of fans cried out as Holloway’s character lied foaming from the mouth with Rip pressing his boot into Roarke’s chest. The answer is yes. And it was insane.

But how close to reality was this moment? Could something like this truly occur? We spoke to snake expert Nick Hanna to find out. And he says Roarke’s death is “certainly within the realm of possibility.” Well, if “all the stars align,” that is.

Need a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake in Montana? Rip Wheeler’s Your Man

Right off the bat, it’s worth noting that the only venomous snakes native to Montana lands is the prairie rattlesnake. Western diamondbacks live further south in much warmer climate and are prevalent in Texas and the southern parts of New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

But look, we’re dealing with a a man of Rip’s character. He could easily procure a Western diamondback in Montana, right? And if he did, is Roarke’s resulting death a possibility through the bite of a Western rattler?

That answer, again, is yes. And Nashville Zoo’s Nick Hanna gave us a brilliantly detailed look into the hows, whys, and whens of this pit viper’s deadly nature.