Paramount’s Yellowstone leaves fans’ jaws dropped, eager to see the next episode as each twisting hour-long tale comes to an end. Which of the show’s 29 episodes reigns supreme though? Is it possible to select a single episode in the show’s three seasons that can confidently claim the number one spot?
IMDb lets viewers rate episodes on the website, drawing in a tally to decide the best, or ‘highest-rated,’ episode. While season three’s finale had fans on edge and continues to draw questions from viewers, begging to learn the Duttons’ fates, it’s an episode in season two that takes the cake. The second season’s seventh episode, “Resurrection Day,” boasts a 9.5/10 from 934 votes on the IMBd rankings. Close behind with a rating of 9.2 is the nail-biter finale of season three, “The World is Purple.”
Season 2, Episode 7’s Best Quotes
– Monica to Kayce: You’re a part of my soul.
– John to Jamie: You know the thing about suicide, you don’t just kill yourself…You kill every memory of you. Every second you spent on this earth will be reduced to how you chose to leave it. No one will mourn your loss, son, because this isn’t losing your life. This is quitting it.
– John to Jamie: Your grandfather used to say that you can’t fix a broken wagon wheel. But you can use the parts to make a new one. (Hidden message alert! As the two walk away from the field, a wagon wheel is seen in the grass. Round of applause for cinematic GENIUS.)
– Beth Dutton: Challenge accepted. (If you’ve seen the show, you get it. Beth will take on any and every challenge without an ounce of fear.)
– John: Aw Beth. You would have made a hell of a cowboy.
– Beth Dutton: I remember the stories of heaven and hell in church. Lies, a lot of it. I think heaven’s right here. So is hell. One person can be walking the clouds right next to a person enduring eternal damnation, and God is the land.
-Beth: Don’t say it. It doesn’t mean anything on a roof under stars like a bunch of f***ing hippies. Tell me, tell me when it saves me.
Rip: OK. I won’t say it.
And of course, you can’t forget the chilling lines that close the episode. Kayce and John look out onto their vast land and exchange these words…
– Kayce Dutton: What are we going to do about these Beck brothers?
John Dutton: We’re gonna kill ’em, son.
The father-son pair looks into the distance as thunder rolls, and the closing credits hit the screen. Yeah, that’s an absolute masterpiece.
IMDb’s Highest-Rated Episode, “Resurrection Day”
“Resurrection Day” further builds tensions with the Beck brothers, shows Rip’s devotion to Beth, and amplifies Beth and Jamie’s hatred.
Towards the beginning of the episode, Beth scowls at Jamie and delivers some of her soul-crushing burns. She walks away from the conversation leaving him with a morbid thought by saying: “I gotta tell you something, and it comes from a place of love. You should really consider killing yourself.”
And of course, later, John finds Jamie sitting in the field holding a shotgun, shaking as he contemplates doing exactly what Beth angrily suggested.
This episode is a turning point for Kayce and Monica’s relationship, as they recommit to each other and move onto the ranch as a family. It’s also a huge moment for Beth and Rip’s relationship. The two sit under the stars and Rip opens up the Beth about his difficult past and the deaths of his family members. He nearly tells Beth he loves her but she cuts him off, telling him to wait for the right time. “Wait till it saves me,” she says.
And that he does. Later in the episode, Beth gets attacked in her office by two men sent by the notorious Beck brothers. Rip comes to Beth’s rescue (though she made it clear to the intruders that she was far from scared and could handle her own) right in time to take down the man hurting Beth. As she’s shaking and bleeding from the surreal trauma of the situation, Rip holds her close and says it when it saves her: “I love you.”
Pass the tissues, please!
The episode ends with Malcolm Beck receiving a very clear message from the Duttons: the two men bloody and naked outside his home, with a note “Return to sender.” Yeah, that’s a lot of action and plot development in a single show… we love it.
Fans Weigh in On Their Favorite…
A few days following the release of “Resurrection Day,” NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt shared his high praises on Twitter.
Another user agreed that season 2 episode 7 is the best.
And many more agree. “@Yellowstone Best episode ever!!!!!” one user wrote following “Resurrection Day”‘s original airing. Another says of the action-packed second season’s seventh episode, “Sunday’s episode of Yellowstone was the best episode in the series through 3 seasons. Must watch television.”
Other fans are in accordance, saying other than the show’s incredible pilot episode in season one, the August 7th episode is the best by far.
Of course, tons of Twitter users recognize the show can’t be boiled down to one single “best” episode, because all of the Paramount series is phenomenal.
This user admits it doesn’t matter which episode or season it is, Sunday nights are best when a new Yellowstone airs. When they hear those six words, they are sure to be in store for an action-packed, beautifully-acted, cinematic story.