As “Yellowstone” begins, the Duttons are the most politically powerful clan in the valley where they live, and possibly in the state of Montana. But as the series unfurls, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) faces threats to his carefully cultivated influence from without and from within.
When Season 3 ended, perhaps the biggest threat to Dutton’s plans was Jamie (Wes Bentley), his adopted son, who basically stumbled into the job of state attorney general. Adding insult to injury, a close runner-up was Gov. Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz-Grillo), Dutton’s former lover, who had turned on him regarding a hedge fund’s plan to use part of his land for an airport.
At various points in “Yellowstone,” Dutton has pushed each of his three children to run for office, hoping to extend his reach in Montana even further. So which of the Dutton kids will wind up with the most political power in the end?
Why Kayce Looks Poised to Gain Influence on ‘Yellowstone’
Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) clearly has little appetite for politics. But Jamie’s current power may not last. “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan threw a potential wild card into the mix: in the Season 3 finale, Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes), the new livestock commissioner, heard a plea from his constituents to run for governor. With ranchers a politically influential group in the state, Kayce stands a decent shot at the job once he’s got their backing.
And that’s not all Kayce has going for him. He also stands to inherit Dutton’s ranch and all the connections that come with it. Moreover, as the likely heir to the Dutton legacy, he has a stake in the future of the state, and sooner or later he will take a more active interest in steering it.
Plus, as “Yellowstone” fans pointed out on a recent Reddit thread, the idea of Kayce running for governor has a certain logic to it. He’s a local who understands Montana – remember how he told Tate (Brecken Merrill) about transplants? He’s not one of those – and he’s pretty easy on the eyes as well.
Kayce Runs Away Only to Return to the Ranch and All That Comes with It
Kayce may be reluctant to run for governor at first. But he once spurned the Dutton ranch, only to return to it. He tried to turn down the livestock commissioner job, only to finally accept it. Everything he runs away from on “Yellowstone” winds up coming back to him in the end.
Kayce is mulling a run for governor and Jamie is enjoying his new role as state attorney general. So the brothers seem poised to clash in Season 4. Thus far, Kayce has never fought with Jamie on the show, but especially with Jamie now expecting a child and eyeing the ranch for himself, the two seem to be on a collision course.
Will Kayce go after the governorship? Will Jamie tolerate his brother eclipsing him politically? There’s only one way to find out what Sheridan has in store for his characters, and that’s to tune in to Season 4 of “Yellowstone” this November.