“The best life there is.” Relive the classic Yellowstone moment that reveals why patriarch John Dutton does it all, courtesy of this timeless discussion with his only grandson, Tate.
“Well if ranching’s so hard, how come we do it?” asks John Dutton‘s only third-generation heir. Tate is full of excellent questions on Yellowstone, and this one easily ranks as the most important of them all.
It’s a damn fair question, too; one that exemplifies the entire heart of the Western. The Dutton’s hardships are heavily dramatized, sure. Yet many close to the reality of true American ranchers, which then doubles the importance of Tate’s question. Why would anyone choose this grueling, unforgiving, and voraciously competitive business for a life? And not only for themselves, but for their families?
John Dutton answers the question with five timeless, grizzly words. And for Tate, who has come to think the world of his grandfather, it appears to be the only answer he’ll ever need.
Relive this iconic moment Monday, courtesy of the latest official clip from Yellowstone‘s Twitter, before revisiting the entire scene below.
John’s Love of Yellowstone Ranch Extends to Tate
“Ranching’s a terrible business, grandson,” John Dutton begins for his only grandchild.
“Terrible? How?” a wide-eyed Tate asks in a ten-gallon hat that’s nine-gallons too big for his noggin’.
“Well where do I start?” John laughs with a pause in the official clip below. “We can’t control the price of beef, or hay, or the diesel it takes to take the cattle to auction or the hay out to the cattle. There’s federal regulations, state regulations, county regulations…”
“There’s people in the city suing us – complaining about the way we raise the food they eat,” he continues of Yellowstone Ranch’s many plights.
“What else? Lizards and droughts… And half the herd trying to kill itself in the river and the other half looking for a hole in the fence… So they can stand in the middle of the highway and get hit by a car. Or wander into the forest and get eaten by a grizzly,” he growls with an unsurprisingly perfect grizzly bear impersonation. “Or a big stinkin’ Sasquatch!”
“The hell is a Sasquatch?” Tate smiles. “There’s no such such thing as a Sasquatch, is there?” Tate asks, before redirecting their talk.
Five Immortal Words: “One Hell of a Life”
We often dismiss the intelligence of children in fiction, let alone reality. So when Tate comes back immediately with “well if ranching’s so hard, how come we do it?” – his grandfather is visibly stunned and moved – all thanks to the brilliant acting of Kevin Costner.
There, in the moment, he takes in the wild Montana scenery with his only grandson. And his answer is as solid as the tambour in his voice.
“Because it’s one hell of a life, Tate… One hell of a life.”
The sequence solidifies so much of what we love about Yellowstone, and is available to stream courtesy of the show below:
Ranching isn’t an easy life. In this official season 3 clip, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) explains to Tate Dutton (Brecken Merrill) why it’s all worth it. Yellowstone, summer’s No. 1 drama, airs Sundays at 9/8c only on Paramount Network.Paramount Network