‘Yellowstone’ TV: Kelsey Asbille Talks Monica Learning ‘Consequences of Being a Dutton’

by Jennifer Shea

When “Yellowstone” started out, Kayce (Luke Grimes), Monica (Kelsey Asbille) and Tate Dutton (Brecken Merrill) were alienated from John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and the Dutton Ranch. Living on the Broken Rock reservation, not speaking to the Dutton side of the family, they nonetheless managed to get by without regular eruptions of violence.

But over the course of Season 1, all that changed. Kayce wound up moving his family over to the Dutton Ranch, where Monica faced the difficult adjustment of becoming a true Dutton. Now, as Season 4 begins, Asbille says Monica is coming to terms with the downsides of life on the Dutton Ranch.

“With Monica, it’s really hard for her to see her son go through PTSD,” Asbille told CBR.com in a recent interview. But “she comes to terms with the consequences of being a Dutton.”

‘Yellowstone’ Star Says Season 4 Is About ‘Healing’

In Season 4, as Chief Thomas Rainwater actor Gil Birmingham has already revealed, there’s a traditional Native American healing ceremony, which will give viewers another glimpse into contemporary Native American culture. Asbille also hinted at some kind of cultural ceremony that involves Monica, and perhaps Tate too.

“She goes back to her people and her culture as a way of healing,” Asbille said of Monica’s Season 4 path. “I think that that’s a really beautiful part of the season.”

As for the Season 4 finale, while that’s getting a bit ahead of ourselves, Asbille would only say that it’s “really crazy,” and apparently involves a cliffhanger for her and Kayce. The couple have been through a lot over the past three seasons, so what new ordeal Taylor Sheridan might have in store for them is a bit of a mystery.

As Season 4 Begins, the Dutton Ranch Is Under Attack

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the Season 4 premiere and don’t want to know what happens, read no further.

In the “Yellowstone” Season 3 finale, we saw John, Beth (Kelly Reilly) and Kayce Dutton come under attack away from the Dutton Ranch. But in Season 4, we learn that the Dutton Ranch also suffered a vicious assault. Besides burning down Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) and Beth’s cabin, the attackers invaded the main house and the Bunkhouse.

Kayce seemed to know that they would. From behind the heavy desk in his office, he told Monica to get to the Bunkhouse as soon as she could. But she couldn’t go without Tate, and that motherly instinct put her in harm’s way. No sooner did she return to the darkened, narrow hallways of the main house than a strange man in a face mask appeared, wielding a gun.

After a struggle over the gun – during which the attacker bashed Monica’s head against the floor – the stranger emerged victorious, and was just about to shoot Monica when a bullet from a shotgun fired by Tate felled him.

Add one more memory to the list of traumatic struggles that life on the Dutton Ranch has given to Tate. But maybe Season 4 will bring some healing for Tate, instead of more nightmares and violence. “Yellowstone” fans will just have to tune in to find out. Taylor Sheridan’s hit series airs Sundays, exclusively on the Paramount Network.