‘Yellowstone’: Wes Bentley Sounds Off on How Jamie Is ‘Vulnerable to Influence’

by John Jamison

Not long after discovering he was adopted in Season 3 of Yellowstone, Jamie Dutton faces a decision for all his chips. Does he go back to the family who raised him? Or does he align with Will Patton’s Garrett Randall, his biological father? One thing is certain—Jamie has never been more vulnerable.

With the premiere of Yellowstone Season 4 that just aired on Sunday night, Jamie’s situation is one of the biggest questions on the minds of fans everywhere. Say what you will about Wes Bentley’s character; he’s a formidable mind to have on your side. And he has plenty of reason to feel indebted to the Dutton family, but at the same time, Beth (Kelly Reilly) hasn’t let him feel like he belongs (and it’s hard to blame her, given their history). It’s part of the reason why Wes Bentley’s character already seems to have a foot out the door.

Enter Garrett Randall. We haven’t spent a ton of time with Will Patton’s character thus far. But as Jamie Dutton’s biological father, he’s more than capable of giving Jamie the emotional support he’s been craving. His intentions remain to be seen.

In an interview with TV Line, Wes Bentley spoke on whether or not he thinks Garrett Randall is a trustworthy figure in Jamie’s life.

“If you’re asking Wes Bentley, no,” said Bentley. He “believes this guy is not a good guy necessarily, but it has been a long time, and maybe he’s different. And more importantly than anything, he’s accepting Jamie, and he’s hit the vulnerable spot of Jamie. He’s loving him. He’s showing him what it means to be a son to someone. So yeah, [Jamie’s] vulnerable to influence.”

Wes Bentley Loved Working With Will Patton for Season 4 of ‘Yellowstone’

Whatever happens between Jamie Dutton and Garrett Randall, Yellowstone fans can look forward to some powerful scenes.

Wes Bentley referred to these moments as “some of the best scenes I’ve ever been a part of, very, very, very intense, emotional scenes.” They “left me as an actor floating. It felt like I was in someone else’s feet or something as I walked out of the house and into the real world. And it took a long time to come out of that,” Bentley continued.

Garrett Randall offers Jamie something that John Dutton never did—a choice. As a Dutton, Jamie was told. As a Randall, Jamie is asked.

“He just tells him what to do. But Garrett’s talking to him and listening to him. And this is opening up a side of Jamie, I think, that he’s understanding now. At this point, it may not be happiness I need; it’s just a sense of belonging,” Bentley told Channel Guide.