With Yellowstone Season 5 right around the corner, fans of the show are busy binging the previous seasons to either catch up before the premiere, or have the storyline fresh in their minds for the new season.
Thanks to the official Season 5 trailer, we’ve already learned that John Dutton is sworn in as the Governor of the great state of Montana, but there is a number of other lingering questions fans are hoping to have answered.
Of course, Kayce and Monica’s relationship has a big question mark above it, Beth Dutton is going head to head with Caroline Warner, Jamie appears to be back in the fold, and Lainey Wilson were make her series debut, but one of the big questions stems from the finale of Season 4.
One of the most talked about scenes was when Carter calls Beth his “mama,” and she had to tell him the cold hard truth that she does not consider herself to be his mother. But if only she said it like that, right?
I mean, you wanna talk about absolutely crushing the spirits of a young kid who is just desperate for love and acceptance? Beth ruthlessly left him in tears. In the scene, you can tell that she wants to be considered his mother so bad when she responded “hi baby” to him, but her nature won’t allow her to do it.
After she collects herself and says he can’t call her that, she responded:
“You lost your mother, kid. You don’t get another. I lost mine. Same goes for me. And I’m nobody’s mother. Ever. Got it?”
So needless to say, fans are wondering what the family dynamic between Beth, Rip and Carter will be in Season 5.
Will they be one happy family? Or will they continue to treat Carter like they have been.
The Yellowstone fans on Reddit have made their feelings crystal clear… and they’re OVER it.
Replying to the question, “Am I the only one cringing at how Beth and Rip treat their foster kid? I feel they are so abusive and cold to him! It’s not ‘tough love’ either,” fans lefts over 100 comments about Beth and Rip’s parenting skills.
Here’s what they had to say:
“I don’t understand why people love Beth. She’s a captivating character for sure, and Kelly Reilly plays her perfectly. But she’s an awful person, and one who I find impossible to root for.”
“As a fictional character, I hate her so much.”
“Beth truly is a disgusting character, I think why people like myself hate her so much is because her story is unrealistic as are the other characters attitudes to her.”
“Beth is a shitty person and parent. Rip enables her.”
“Beth is a horrible person who was raised by John, a horrible person. The man put a cattle brand on his own son for getting a woman pregnant.”
“It honestly put me off the entire show. I was already not really drinking the Beth Kool-Aid. That really tipped the scales for me.”
“The only time I liked Beth was when she confronted and embarrassed that boutique store Karen that thought Monica was stealing.”
“He may be able to sleep and eat in the main house but Beth & Rip still treat him like shit and it pisses me off.”
“Beth gets more unlikable every episode.”
“Beth is a total POS, Taylor Sheridan has written her in a way that I think you are supposed to admire her because she is a “strong” “fearless” and always wins. In reality she is nothing more than a vindictive, petty, cruel, self righteous and abusive waste of oxygen.”
“Rips father murdered his ex-wife and one of his children after abusing all of them for years. Beth’s mother was a cold hearted bitch to her daughter and tried to act like it was for her benefit.”
“Not to say this excuses it or that this is how everyone who had an abusive parent turns out. But this is just one of the outcomes that are possible.”
“Glad somebody said it – he’s like the nicest kid ever!”
“What made you think they would treat him different? Look how John treated Rip at first.”
“She is pure evil.”
“Rip was a real asshole to him from the start but at least he has some kind of excuse as he had such an abusive and traumatic childhood himself.”
“Yea I feel so bad for that kid.”
“I think it is supposed to show how neither of them were really ‘loved’ or raised ‘right’.”
“Hurt people hurt people.”
Kelly Reilly (Beth) is relatively active on social media, but it’s extremely rare for her to comment back to her fans.
Earlier this year, she posted a picture of her and Rip kissing, celebrating the fact that the two are now married on the show.
However, when one heartbroken fan commented:
“I love ya Beth, truly, but you have to be nicer to Carter… you broke my heart last week when you made him cry.
Come on! He’s just a kid. Tell those writers to stop and get it right or Rip will be taking them to the train station. Poor kid.”
Reilly acknowledged that she rarely comments back to fans, however she wanted to set the record straight.
She responded with a deep explanation of Beth’s motive:
“I understand. It was supposed to be brutal and heartbreaking. I don’t usually comment but want to say this… Beth was about to do something that will ruin her life.
She is about to go into prison and kill the man that she thinks attacked her family. She knows there is a chance she will not come back. She can’t tell this kid she is his mother and then leave him abandoned again.”
“Beth is honest. It’s tough sometimes, really tough but that’s how she was raised,.. but it’s always truthful. When I read it I had the same feeling for them both. But honestly, not sure Beth in that moment was ready to be that for anyone… she was out for vengeance and could see nothing else.
(There is a moment, where I hope you see the fight in her after he calls her that) I think the heart wants it but she has to protect that kid from herself… not sure that will make any sense. But let’s see where the writer will take them… I have hope.”
I think I can speak for everybody when I say that scene was heart wrenching for everybody. As we all know, Beth definitely wants and deserves to be a mother after everything that’s happened to her, but it appears that she truly was looking out for Carter’s best interest giving the situation.
And I’ll admit though, it was frustrating to see her respond the way she did… poor Carter.
But, now that Rip and Beth are married, and Carter got to be there, maybe we’ll finally start to see that happy family come together in Season 5.
Only time will tell…
Season 5 is set to premiere on November 13th on Paramount Network.
Kelly Reilly Says Beth Dutton Won’t Calm Down In Yellowstone Season 5: “Fierceness Is Ramping Up”
Marriage calming Beth Dutton down?
Not a chance…
In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Yellowstone actress Kelly Reilly weighed in on whether or not her character Beth Dutton might mellow out a bit now that she’s finally married to Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser), and they basically have an adopted son in Carter (Finn Little).