‘Yellowstone’ Star Piper Perabo Talks John Dutton’s Larger Than Life Persona

by Thad Mitchell

In the most recent of the hit Paramount Network series ‘Yellowstone,” fans got their first look at Piper Perabo’s new character.

Perabo is playing Summer Higgins on “Yellowstone” for the fourth season and he looks like she could be trouble. An environmentalist and animal rights activist, Summer is in Montana to protest industrial farming in the state. She claims Montana’s farming laws have caused the unnecessary deaths of millions of animals. While Summer seems to have her heart in the right place, she seems a little misguided on cattle ranching practices and land conservation efforts in the state. She immediately butts heads with John Dutton, who has her arrested and says charges will be pressed.

But the “Yellowstone Ranch owner has a change of heart and bails Summer out of jail. To the surprise of practically everyone, John invites Summer to tour his ranch. Skeptical at first, Summer accepts John’s offer. We leave this storyline with Summer hopping into John’s truck and off they go. We’ll see how it goes with tonight’s (Sunday) new episode.

In an interview with Screen Rant, Piper Perabo talks about what it is like working with “Yellowstone” leading man Kevin Costner. She also talks about the dynamic between Summer and John Dutton. She says the two will try to find common ground but it won’t be easy.

“I feel like I have a big picture of the kind’ of heroes that he (Taylor Sheridan) writes, and John Dutton really fits into that pantheon of heroes,” she says. “There’s a reserved power. Unlike Kayce, who jumps out of his truck with his gun drawn, John really shows up and assesses the situation. And his power really precedes him; he can come in quiet.”

We hope to see more of this odd pairing tonight.

‘Yellowstone’ Newcomer Piper Perabo Talks About Her Character

We’ll see what kind of part Summer has in the “Yellowstone” occasion but Piper gives a few hints.

She says Summer will tangle with Beth Dutton (go figure) and provide a second adversary to the “Yellowstone” queen.

“I’m really excited about Summer and Beth’s relationship,” she says. “I don’t think there’s really any man that could take Beth Dutton, but this season, there are two women who try and take her apart. Jacki Weaver, she’s another big boss that comes in this season. And you would think when Beth brought Schwartz and Meyer down, that they would just fold with their tail between their legs and go away. But actually, they send in the biggest boss of all, and Jacki Weaver (Caroline Warner) comes in.”

Very interesting words there from Perabo. Could we Summer and Caroline team up to take Beth down? That would be a very unlikely scenario but you never say never with “Yellowstone.”