John Dutton has definitely been through a lot throughout the first four seasons of Yellowstone, leaving fans to wonder what his fate may be. Will his political aspirations in Season 5 be what finally ends him? Or will he continue to cheat death?
From having colon cancer and stomach ulcers carved out to surviving that season-spanning assassination attempt, John has defied his fair share of death. If anything has been foreshadowed throughout the duration of the show, however, it’s the Dutton patriarch’s death.
To make matters worse in Season 5, he’s now a politician. Nothing makes enemies in America quite like a political career. Things aren’t looking too great for John, and we’ve gathered a handful of reasons why his days may be numbered.
Reason #1: John Dutton adds more enemies as Governor in Season 5
“You have no friends in this building, John. You’re going to have to bring your own,” Governor Perry tells John in the gripping Season 5 trailer, which promises an all-out political war.
John knows it, too. But does it stop him from piling more enemies onto the existing, wildly expansive horde of humans who already hate him? Not even close – he immediately fires all existing gubernatorial cabinet members.
Thankfully, John will at least have his most powerful ally on his side. Beth has been appointed as his Chief of Staff, putting her “Back to work.”
Reason #2: Foreshadowing alludes to fate & bad health coming for John
John Dutton’s serial cheating of death cannot last forever. In Season 1, he fought colon cancer. After his doctor found another mass during a CT scan, the stubborn patriarch left the hospital as so many pissed-off dads do. Coughing up blood, physical therapy, and a later bout with rupturing stomach ulcers would follow.
Could we see a resurgence of his cancer as John takes on a strenuous political career? Anything could happen!
Reason #3: Kayce’s Vision Quest Shows Him ‘The End’ of the Duttons
In Season 4, we saw Kayce embark on his vision quest with Broken Rock stalwarts Thomas and Mo. Kayce’s end result? “I saw the end of us…”
Not only does Kayce speak of his wife, Monica and son Tate, but of the entire Dutton family. Kayce’s vision is a direct connection to the prophecy of 1883, in which Spotted Eagle tells James Dutton that this land’s Indigenous People will take it back “in seven generations.”
Taking the latest spinoff 1923‘s expansion of the Dutton Family Tree into consideration, Kayce’s son, Tate, is that seventh generation. Nothing would spell doom like the absence of its fiercest protector. After all, Beth has stated she’ll sell off their homestead as soon as her father is gone.
What do you think? Will John Dutton die before Yellowstone is over?
Safe to say there’s a lot of evidence mounting towards John’s demise. But one thing is much more likely: We’ll see John Dutton die on Yellowstone. Just not in Season 5.
Taylor Sheridan hopes to round out the show with 6 seasons. But whether Kevin Costner will be acting in those final episodes, though, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Taylor Sheridan did, however, hint at some major character deaths next season. Check out what he had to say here!