“Yellowstone” fans know well that Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) may not have a lot of close people in her life, but those she does, she protects fiercely.
We’ve seen her circle of loved ones slowly expand over the last four seasons, but the one person who’s been constant throughout all of it has been Beth’s father, John Dutton (Kevin Costner). Even though she could care less about whether the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch lives or dies, she knows it’s important to him. And for that reason, she’ll do what she can to protect it.
Reilly sat down with Looper earlier this week to talk all things “Yellowstone,” Beth, and Season 4. At one point, after giving a little tidbit about what to expect this season, Reilly circled back to Beth’s ultimate goal.
“She’s still trying to protect the ranch, which seems an endless quest,” Reilly revealed. “It seems everyone wants this piece of land, and she’s the only one really fighting for it for her father.”
John is the whole reason Beth fights in the first place — against Rainwater, the Beck Brothers, Market Equities. Now, she has a new villain to take down in the form of Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver).
“I think she’s found that she’s come up against — they all have — the most terrifying of enemies now. These people who are wanting to turn it into a resort. Just like [Caroline] says, ‘Cover it in pavement, destroy it,'” Reilly recalled. She referenced a line from Caroline in “Yellowstone” Season 4 Episode 2 when we meet Caroline for the first time.
Based on promos for the next few episodes, it looks like Beth and Caroline clash soon. And it promises to be an absolute bloodbath.
‘Yellowstone’ Star Kelly Reilly Reveals Beth’s ‘M.O.’ on the Show
While talking about Beth’s determination to preserve John’s land, “Yellowstone” star Kelly Reilly also opened up about the personal motivations for Beth.
“She also says, ‘My father’s dream is my Alamo that I will die defending,'” Reilly quotes from one of Beth’s earlier lines. “And that’s exactly her M.O. and exactly what she feels is her life’s purpose. Just to look after and protect her father’s dream.”
Reilly went on to say how you could call that “misguided… But that’s who she is. And you’re seeing her torn in a million different directions of who she is and who she allows herself to be. It’s an interesting journey. It’s wild,” the “Yellowstone” star said.
Misguided or not, it comes from a place of love and affection for her father, which is an emotion we don’t see out of Beth too often. In later seasons, she’s been a bit more vulnerable with her feelings. But she really just channels those emotions into hard battles and a determination to achieve what she sets out to do.