A multi-talented musician and actor, Ryan Bingham has been a perfect fit as Walker on the television series Yellowstone.
Bingham, however, has been known mostly for his music up to this point in his career. He has put out six studio albums and one live album and gained a strong following for his style of western music. He began his music career at a young age, playing local honky-tonk bars and smaller venues. Bingham would progress into a full-time, traveling musician with a record label backing. Music also led to becoming friends with Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan and his appearance on the show.
The 39-year-old is now making a name for himself as a Yellowstone Ranch hand after a couple of seasons. Walker, the trouble-making ranch worker, has one of the most interesting story arcs on the show. He has more than once been sentenced to death by bunkhouse boss Rip Wheeler. He’s been spared by Kayce Dutton each time his life has come in danger.
Yellowstone Actor Ryan Bingham Talks About His Character
In a recent podcast interview, Bingham talks about his relationship with Sheridan and what led to his character being “written in.” Walker can often be seen with a guitar in his hands and some of the tunes on the show are Bingham’s actual songs.
“He (Sheridan) was a fan and wanted to use a couple of my songs in the show,” Bingham recalls. “He learned that I used to ride bulls and cowboy a little bit and said we’ve got to get you in the show. Taylor was like ‘I don’t know what we’re going to with you but we’ll figure something out.’ So he came up with my character and he said, ‘We will slowly introduce you in there and if you do real good we’ll keep you in…and if you suck we’ll just kill you off.'”
Now, Yellowstone fans are eager to see what Sheridan has in store for Walker in the fourth season. There are a number of different paths for Walker to take now that he’s returned to the bunkhouse.
The fourth season of Yellowstone expects to premiere sometime this summer — it’s safe to say fans can’t wait.