Yellowstone Season 4 ended with an action-packed finale that for the second time in two weeks, saw a major character killed by gunfire, in shocking fashion. With so many questions left to be answered, we’re already excited for Season 5!
The episode begins with Rip talking Beth back from the edge as she is packing to leave the ranch after her confrontation with John. We see another side of her as she goes to him and apologizes, telling him she’d like to stay despite his indication in the previous episode that he might prefer for her to leave. We see that their bond has not been broken as he tells her, “Beth, I love you. That never changes.”
She also goes to see the man who orchestrated the attacks against the Duttons that ended Season 3, then goes to see Jamie after putting together the pieces that his birth father, Garrett Randall, was really behind the plot. She offers him two extremely unpleasant choices, as well as a third that we do not overhear.
As it turns out, the third choice was for him to murder Randall, which Jamie does, by shooting him in the head after telling him he loves him. Has Jamie finally crossed a line that’s irredeemable? He then takes Randall’s body to the train station, only to find Beth waiting there to take his picture. She plans to hold over his head to control him in the future.
Beth also loses her position at Market Equities after Caroline Warner figures out she’s behind staging the media coverage of the protests. Those protests end very badly for Summer when a judge decides to make an example of her, sentencing her to decades in prison for her role. John intervenes afterward, making it look like she’ll serve a much shorter sentence in the end.
Meanwhile, Kayce spends days in a delirium as he goes through an indigenous ceremony to try to find out why the wolf keeps showing up for his family. He hallucinates a conversation with his brother Lee, who died in Season 1, and ultimately emerges from the experience with an epiphany. However, the epiphany was revealed when he later tells Monica that he saw the end of their life together.
Jimmy keeps his word to John by returning to the ranch. He introduces Emily as his fiancee, which Mia does not handle well. Mia attacks Emily, and then tells Jimmy she wishes he’d fought for their relationship. John also demonstrates a new respect for Jimmy when he frees him from his promise with the words, “The only person you owe is yourself, Jim, You don’t owe me a thing.” Jimmy opts to return to the 6666 ranch with Emily.
Also in the finale was the long-awaited wedding of Rip and Beth, though it doesn’t go as he might have pictured. Beth wants to make sure the wedding is accomplished before she takes care of what she has to do with Jamie, so they end up getting married in the yard at the ranch. Not surprisingly, she kidnapped a priest at gunpoint to get the job done.
The episode concludes with John wondering if he has lost his son when Beth returns from her grim errand, which ends with her saying that he now owns him. There’s still a sweet moment at the end, despite all the events of the season. John tells Carter that he can’t see a point in riding that day, Carter shoots back, “There is no point. It’s just fun.” John responds with, “Guess we’d better ride,” that reminds fans that he still has a soft spot.
Now that Season 4 is over, we can focus more on the prequel 1883. Have you watched it yet? We also got an exclusive interview with the show’s costume designer. So amazing hearing about her creative process and the hard work that went into the show! Read it here.