Since the first season of Yellowstone, there has been one relationship that has been incredibly rocky up until now, as we sit at the midway point of season five…
And it’s no other than the relationship between the two siblings, Beth and Jamie Dutton.
Of course, Beth has had a longstanding hatred of Jamie ever since he took her to an abortion clinic after she got pregnant when she was young, which ultimately sterilized her from having children for the rest of her life.
Since then, we’ve constantly seen her berate Jamie, and even threatened to blackmail him if he didn’t murder his biological father in season four.
However, we saw one tiny bright spot between the two, when Jamie basically said his decision to take her to that abortion clinic was the biggest regret of his life, but Beth was still not ready to let it go, as she threatened to take his child away from him.
With that being said, if you thought there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for the two, think again.
Wes Bentley, who plays Jamie on the show, recently sat down for an interview with TVLine, and revealed some shocking (or not so shocking) details about the future of the two’s relationship on the show going forward.
He told the outlet:
“Kelly (Reilly) and I have always had this sort of secret hope that there would be some reconciliation, some love reconnection (between Beth and Jamie), or at least (some circumstance in which) they worked together in some way.”
However, Taylor Sheridan has other plans:
“He’s just like ‘No, no, no. Hate, hate, hate.’ So I think that is kind of an indication of how this all wraps up maybe.”
Bentley was also quick to note that he doesn’t know anything about the future plotline of the show, but he’s fully convinced that the show doesn’t have a happy ending:
“It’s sort of like that quote George (R.R.) Martin gave about ‘Game of Thrones:’ ‘If you think this has a happy ending, you’re not paying attention.'”
So, unfortunately, it appears there is no happy ending for Jamie and Beth in sight.
Of course, we may not even be getting a second half of season five, as Kevin Costner (John Dutton) has had some scheduling conflicts for filming the second half of season five, and it’s rumored that he doesn’t even want to continue filming… and the series’ lead may be gone for good.
Matthew McConaughey is rumored to star in a new spinoff series created to move the story forward once Costner exits.
We’ll see… but on camera and behind the scenes, it doesn’t like there is going to be a happy ending for anybody.
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Will Jamie Dutton Take Out… Summer?
The Yellowstone Season 5 mid-season finale was a bit of a bummer once we found out that the show wouldn’t be returning until this coming summer, but nevertheless, we know the second half of the season is going to bring some fireworks.
Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and her adopted brother Jamie (Wes Bentley) have been at each others’ throats since they were kids and it’s finally coming to a head.
Under the seduction of Market Equities legal vixen Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri), Jamie was finally convinced to betray his father John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and call for his impeachment as Governor of the state of Montana.
I’m still hoping for the Jamie Dutton redemption arc, but in the meantime, Beth wants to take Jamie to the train station, it sounds like John may agree, and Jamie may try and take out Beth before she can have him whacked.
Will Jamie get killed? Will Beth get killed?
It’s anybody’s guess, but one Redditor has an interesting theory on why it might be neither.
In fact, Redditor lgrahamtx thinks that Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo) is going to be the one to get got.
Wait… Summer Higgins? Yeah, Summer… and it’s all an… accident.
Check it out:
“Since Summer is living in the main house, I really think Jamie’s hitman will mistakenly kill her instead of Beth.
That is the only reason I can see why she is in John’s house other than she is a convenient piece for John’s enjoyment now that the ex-Governor has moved on.
I can’t see Beth getting killed just yet.”
How about it?
I mean, it would be a great twist that doesn’t result in the destruction of the family (and a major character for that matter). Not that major characters can’t die in Taylor Sheridan projects (I mean, have you see anything else he’s done?) but are we really gonna watch the Dutton Family implode?
As much as the evil ways of the Duttons have made fans grow to hate them, you still want to see them win, right?
Nevertheless, fans are behind the theory, sharing a number of comments agreeing with the plausibility of this scenario:
“Oh I could see that…”
“I’d also like to think that if that is the way they go, how it would motivate Beth to pretend to be dead for a while and get the upper hand on Jamie. That’d be really interesting to see if that is how the story goes along.”
“I’d be ok with that. Can’t stand that actress. She has two expression modes and neither are doing it.”
“It’s also something Taylor Sheridan has done before in Sons of Anarchy.”
“I can easily see this happening, and I’ll be happy when it does.”
“Oh how I hope so!”
“God I hope you’re right.”
“Interesting and very possible.”
“Yup. That’s my thought too.”
“I can see that happening…”
“Don’t get my hopes up.”
“That would be a tough explanation to the judge since she is under house arrest; not one they could cover up.”
“Interesting theory. Killing the wrong person isn’t exactly what professional hit men do. But I could see it.”
“I really hope that doesn’t happen. I want to see Jamie get some kind of win.”
Yellowstone Season 5 resumes this coming summer, on Paramount Network.
Disconnecting From Jamie
There’s one character in particular this season who is getting a ton of focus, and it’s no other than Jamie Dutton, the adopted son of John.
In this season, Jamie has a strong sense of jealousy towards his father after he got elected governor of Montana. Now, he’s getting close to (VERY close to) Sarah Atwood of Market Equities, and now they’re conspiring to impeach John.
But speaking of Jamie, Wes Bentley (who plays Jamie in Yellowstone), recently sat down for a candid interview with The New York Times to discuss his past struggles with substance abuse.
Bentley suffered from excessive use of heroin, cocaine, and alcohol, and ultimately got arrested in 2008 and pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and using a counterfeit $100 bill.
“The regrets are always going to be there.”
He has since turned his life around, and is not playing a pivotal role on the biggest show on television.
However, h also admitted that it hasn’t been easy playing the role of Jamie Dutton:
“He’s incredibly sad. I’ve always dealt with my sadness with things like comedy, or humor, or drugs at one point, or trying to just ignore it and finding another way out of it.
But you can’t do that when you’re trying to portray someone’s sadness. You have to let it be there. That’s been the hardest part of it all, and it’s weighed on my life a little bit.”
And sometimes, it’s difficult to leave that on set:
“I’ve prided myself for most of my career on leaving it at the door, or like an athlete would say, leaving it on the field, but Jamie’s sadness permeates my life, even though I’m not sad.
I’m very lucky to have a great family and be where I’m at in life, but he’s always there behind me, clawing at that, especially when I’m shooting.
He added that his wife will tell him when he lets the character invade his real life:
“You’re letting him come home now. Jamie’s coming home and we don’t want him here.”
Of course, we’ve seen a number of phenomenal actors intertwine their personal lives with the characters of their professional lives. Usually referred to as “method acting,” it can be a dark and destructive process depending on the character. It can also make the performance incredible.
Christian Bale, Joaquin Phoenix, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron and others have turned in impressive performances, pushing their minds and bodies to the brink to get into the mind and body of their characters. Of course, Heath Ledger’s Academy Award-winning performance of Joker in The Dark Knight has been regarded by many as a performance that may contributed to his death, however Ledger’s family has continuously disputed that speculation.
Nevertheless, it’s quite incredible what actors are willing to go through, physically, mentally, emotionally, to invest every part of their being into their characters. And while Wes Bentley isn’t method acting per se, it’s not hard to see how the sadness of Jamie’s character, and perpetually being the black sheep of the show can creep into his mind.