Have we been looking at a Yellowstone spoiler for at least a year? If history does repeat itself in the Yellowstone universe, that means some promotional material, thematic elements, and particular foreshadowing from 1883 and the current Dutton drama may have given us some insight what’s to come.
Let’s take a look at the 1883 photo in question:
In this scene, Margaret Dutton, James Dutton, and their son John are standing together, with daughter Elsa further to the side, as shown in another angle. There is a noticeable gap between Margaret and James, almost as if another person should be standing there. Paired with the fact that Elsa is standing away from her family, that gives us a pretty strong sense of foreshadowing that something might happen to her. Spoiler Alert: 1883 ends with her death and the Duttons settling in Montana.
Now, looking back at this promotional image from Yellowstone Season 3, we can see that someone is missing:
This could have just been an aesthetic choice to have the two couples on either side of John Dutton, or did they deliberately leave Jamie out of the group? If we take the elements from the 1883 image and compare it to the Yellowstone promo, we can speculate that, possibly, Jamie may die in the future. Maybe we’re reading too far into it because we’re getting antsy about the new season, but maybe someone major does die in Season 5 – or at some point in the series.
What we do know about Jamie’s situation right now is he’s now firmly under his Beth’s thumb. She threatened him into killing his biological father, Garrett Randall, and then took photos of him disposing of the body. She has some pretty heavy blackmail material against him now. And, Kelly Reilly says that Beth is going to be much more unhinged in Season 5. Could she be gearing up to use her blackmail against her half-brother?
Jamie has constantly been in hot water with the family, and he’s more or less everyone’s least favorite character. So, could he have been set up in the beginning just to eventually fall? It’s possible.