‘Yellowstone’ TV: How Carter ‘Pushes’ Beth’s ‘Buttons,’ According to Kelly Reilly

by Thad Mitchell

One of the brightest moments from the premiere of “Yellowstone’s” fourth season is the blossoming relationship between Beth Dutton and Carter.

We are off and running with a new season of our favorite Modern Western series and fans couldn’t be happier. The internet is still buzzing about the fourth season premiere that saw the Dutton family live through a vicious attack. We meet a slew of new characters that will be a big part of the new “Yellowstone” season. One of those new characters is Finn Little’s Carter and the youngster looks like he’ll play a big role in season four. Beth Dutton has certainly taken a liking to the youngster and her fiance, Rip Wheeler, appears to be coming around.

In a recent interview with TV Line, Beth Dutton actress Kelly Reilly explains why Beth is drawn to Carter. Reilly says that Carter presents a new challenge to Beth and it is one we will develop over the season.

“There’s something about Carter that pushes her buttons in a way that nothing ever has,” she says. “I don’t know that she feels she’s actually capable of [parenting him] or if she thinks she’d be any good at it. She’s not a Disney character.”

She isn’t a Disney character indeed and that is why “Yellowstone” fans love Beth Dutton. It was interesting to see Beth provide a rare moment of compassion in the season premiere. Through three seasons of the show, that is something that fans rarely see. It seems though that the recently orphaned Carter is drawing out new feelings from the typically stone-cold Beth. Could it be her maternal instincts coming out? Remember, Beth is unable to bear children and so this may be the closest thing she gets to a family of her own.

‘Yellowstone’ Season Four Shows Us a New Beth Dutton

“Yellowstone” fans are used to seeing a cold-blooded Beth hurl insults and threats to just bout everyone. Seeing her with even the slightest bit of compassion is an odd, but welcome, sight. Reilly explains Beth’s thought process when first dealing with Carter as his father passes away.

“In that moment his father’s about to die, so she’s not really taking him under her wing,” she says. “She’s just like, ‘What’s she going to do?’ Go, ‘You’re on your own?’ So, she’s very in the moment there and I think she feels for him. She feels like she’s losing her father there, she thinks that she might be an orphan, too.”

The latest episode of “Yellowstone” is due out later this evening (Sunday) and we’ll see just how Beth is feeling. It is heartwarming to see an unlikely family unit coming together like the one Beth, Rip and Carter appear to be doing.

Hopefully, we will get to see even more of this storyline in the upcoming third episode.