John Dutton is a calloused man and it’s often hard to see behind his armored shell. However, the Yellowstone ranch owner does let a few people see another side of him. That’s his grandson, Tate (Brecken Merrill), and his love interest Governor Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz).
There isn’t much we know about their relationship, other than they casually sleep together. However, this often swings Governor Perry’s decision in the long run. However, at the end of the third season, fans see Gov. Perry votes against John Dutton, and fans are left with a cliffhanger.
So where does that leave Dutton and Gov. Perry? It’s hard to say. However, Wendy Moniz, who plays Governor Perry, drops some information on how their relationship could develop in season 4.
A Political Romance: John Dutton and Gov. Perry
Are the two just using each other to get what they want? One might think that, however, Wendy Moniz feels like their relationship is more than that.
“I think that they really are attracted to each other,” Moniz says, according to Express.
“I think they care about each other deeply, but I think that there’s a sadness with them, because they can never quite get over those people that were their true loves,” she continues.
John is still struggling with the loss of his wife Evelyn (Gretchen Mol). Fans also learn that Perry has suffered a loss too.
Then there’s John’s daughter, Beth (Kelly Reilly). She doesn’t approve of her father’s love interest. But that doesn’t seem to bother the Governor. In fact, Moniz says that if John survives the targeted attack at the end of season 3, then the two could possibly take their physical relationship to the next level.
Moniz says, “And so the being together is filling a void that is a loss when they’re romantic, but they’re also reminded it’s also a memory of the sadness of their loss. So it’s complicated.”
What’s more, we’ve only seen John Dutton and Gov. Perry out together a few times. This is obviously a smart decision because it would raise questions if Perry is ethically doing her job. If her followers find that she’s not, then she could easily lose her position of power. Then there’s John, who also has a major influence in the world he runs in.
“Then there’s also this fear that there’s a competition of who’s going to be on top because John Dutton is not to be messed with,” Moniz adds. “And Lynelle is the governor and they’re both in positions of power.”
Position of Power vs. Love
Their relationship could quickly become complicated as they both fight for what they stand for. John Dutton will be defending his ranch, if he survives, and Perry will be defending her political position.
“It’s a bit of a chess game. But I think that when the love and the romantic connection that they have is really genuine and that everything sort of goes out the window when they’re having those moments,” she continues. “And those moments are really showing up this season more than the past two, which has been so much fun to play and work with Kevin in that way.”