Cole Hauser Says Rip & Beth Might Come To View Carter As A Son In Yellowstone Season 5: “It Takes Time”

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With the Season 4 Finale in the books, and some of our questions answered (goodbye Garrett Randall), we still have a ton more.

Yellowstone Season 4 brought in a number of new characters, including Will Patton’s Garrett Randall, AKA Jamie’s biological father, but as we saw in the finale, he won’t be making it to Season 5.

Other characters include Summer Higgins, who’s looking at a long time in state prison, Caroline Warner, the CEO of Market Equities (we’re definitely gonna be hearing from her next season), and then Carter, the kid that Beth and Rip reluctantly take under their wing.

As far as the future of the show goes, I think Carter’s story is the most compelling.

After some ups and downs, the Season Finale found Carter left in tears after he called Beth “mama,” and she told him not to. It was a brutal moment, one that pissed a lot of fans off, and one that Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton) addressed herself.

But will there come a time when Rip and Beth will start to see him as a son?

According to Cole Hauser, who plays Rip Wheeler, that moment could come as soon as next season:

“I think there’s potential for it. I mean, you know, Rip, as you’ve seen throughout the years, he’s tough love.

And I think the thing with him is it takes time. I think that’s just who he is. And I think, over time it might not be Season 4, might be Season 5, but you might see that. I mean, it’s really up to Taylor.”

But whether  Rip winds up calling him “son” or not, Carter (Finn Little) is definitely important to his growth as a character:

“It just shows another side of not only of Beth, but Rip, and also the ranch, and John Dutton… it’s this new character that’s necessary for their growth of their relationship as well.”

And as far as Cole’s favorite scene from Season 4, none other than his man-to-man chat with Carter:

“I love the scene with Carter when I open the door and he’s sitting there and that conversation about life.

I think it says not only a lot of what Rip believes in but also the mentality that it takes to survive not only in life, but at the ranch.”

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

Of course, with wisdom like this, I’m sure Carter will grow up into a fine young man…

For more from Cole on Yellowstone Season 4, check out his entire interview with Entertainment Tonight:

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