‘Yellowstone’ TV: Fans Debate If Tate Dutton Character Is ‘One of the Worst Kids on TV’

by Halle Ames
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Is Yellowstone’s Tate Dutton really “one of the worst kids on TV?” Fans are battling it out online. Here is what we think. 

Tate Dutton is the only child of Kayce Dutton and Monica Long. Tate is also the only person who will carry on the Dutton name at this point and is the heir to the Yellowstone ranch. 

No pressure. 

Reddit Weighs in on Tate Dutton’s Behavior

However, have Monica and Kayce been too lenient with their parenting? Fans online say yes. 

Reddit user Urbanvic hilariously comments on the character pointing the blame at producers. 

“Why can’t writers discipline their child characters?”

Others agree, also commenting their opinions on the post, but say he is acting as any kid would. 

“I agree,” says Earlgreyowl. “Spoiled? Sure. But not far off from normal kid behavior.”

Some Reddit users disagree with the statement, defending Tate Dutton actor Brecken Merrill. The user touches more on the acting abilities than Tate’s behavior. 

“Well, to be fair, this is Brecken Merrill’s very first role, so, naturally to assume he wouldn’t be at his best the very first time where he’s still learning before he can work on improving. But yeah, I agree, coming from someone who has been around kids that age before on a regular basis. Outside of the acting, which is explainable considering this is the very first time the actor is playing in a role, much less one this big, so, a lot of it can be dismissed as him being pretty green around the edges. He acts like a regular kid, growing up in that sort of household where he’s continuously doted on as the only child of sorts, of two generations.”

Our Thoughts

Being the Yellowstone experts we are, we don’t think Tate is that terrible of a kid. Sure he lashed out at the hospital once and probably needed to be punished. But the kid was scared. His mother just suffered a significant head injury. 

However, besides that, he just likes dinosaurs, hates being kidnapped (don’t we all), and wants to be a cowboy. So, he seems like a typical kid to us, just going through his stubborn stage.

Tate Dutton is definitely his father’s son after seeing him take down a rattlesnake and act as nothing happened after almost dying when he fell in the river.   

Characters Open Up About Working With Brecken Merrill

Brecken Merrill comments on how much Tate Dutton looks up to his father, Kayce. 

“He thinks his dad is a superhero. He thinks he is like the strongest person on earth, and he really loves his dad.” 

Luke Grimes, who plays Kayce Dutton, notes how professional Merrill was on set. 

“I’ve worked with kids in the past that are tough, and it’s hard to keep them on track or keep them focused. And he’s actually really good.”

His on-screen mother, Monica, played by Kelsey Asbille, agrees that Merrill is a joy to work with.

“He’s amazing, and he has so much fun. I mean, what a cool job for him as well. My scenes with him are probably my favorite.”

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