‘Yellowstone’ Season 3 Episode 5 Preview: What is the ‘toxic’ past that ruined Jaime and Beth's relationship?

'The reason for Beth and Jamie's toxic relationship is revealed'. But what happened in the past?


                            ‘Yellowstone’ Season 3 Episode 5 Preview: What is the ‘toxic’ past that ruined Jaime and Beth's relationship?
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Ever since ‘Yellowstone’ started airing, one thing that has bothered fans is Beth Dutton's (Kelly Reilly) strained relationship with her brother Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley). What really happened in their childhood that makes Beth hate Jamie so much? The last episode hinted at Jamie's involvement in Beth's tragedy of how she cannot be a mother.

The ugly truth came out of its shell when Beth confessed to Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) in the last episode 'Going Back to Cali' that she cannot have children. Sharing the personal secret, Beth said that being with her is going to be the end of him. While Rip accepted his fate and said it doesn't matter to him whether he builds a legacy or not, Beth clearly is not okay. It is evident that she wants to have children. She adores Tate (Kayce and Monica's son) and wishes she had a child of her own.

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No sooner did that scene air, fans bombarded social media with speculations on how Jamie could be connected to the tragedy. And now, before the new episode releases, the one question on most minds is: Did Jamie do something to cause Beth not to be able to have kids? Titled 'Cowboys and Dreamers', the official summary reads: "The reason for Beth and Jamie's toxic relationship is revealed; Kayce bends the rules to help a family in need; Rip and the boys get into a confrontation with two men from John's past."

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Jamie and Beth (Paramount Network)

What really happened to Beth and Jamie in the past that has ruined their relationship? As the new episode returns, a flashback from the past may be the first thing that catches your eye. Fans have been talking about that "betrayal" for a long time. "There IS something that happened. The actors who play Beth & Jaime discuss it a little in the "inside the episode" video on this last episode. Beth's actress calls it "a betrayal" and they suggest it's a big deal, whatever it was, and that we'll find out about it in upcoming episodes. It's suggested that whatever this "betrayal" was that Jaime committed against Beth, was really fucking bad and is responsible for the destruction of their relationship," one Reddit fan had posted.

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One theory suggests: "When Beth/Rip were younger they had a fling. Rip snuck into her room, they had sex and were caught by Jamie. Jamie rats out Beth to John. That sex led to Beth getting pregnant. John then forces Beth to get an abortion rather than allow a ranch hand to impregnate his only daughter. This all seems reasonable, especially since Kace got his brand for an almost identical situation with Monica. That abortion Beth had has led to her being unable to have children." 

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A fan even goes on to say: "Here’s my guess... Rip had NO idea that Beth was ever pregnant. Beth’s heart isn’t breaking for herself in that scene with Rip and Tate... it’s breaking for Rip and for what she didn’t allow Rip to have." 

Beth and Jamie (Paramount Network)

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In another lengthy explanation, one fan speculated: "Let's say no one saw Rip and Beth having sex and Beth got pregnant as a teen. We don't know if she would have kept the baby or had an abortion because we need more information to their story so putting Jamie in this scenario of catching them in action still doesn't equal the amount of hate."

The fan continued: "Maybe Jamie might be the cause of a loss of a baby that was Rip's but maybe at a later age where Beth was old enough to marry Rip and not as a young teen. Maybe Jamie caused an accident and that resulted in a pregnancy loss but honestly, these are just guesses and we do not have enough information to figure it out yet. Whatever the reason, I just want to know this season. I don't want to wait until Zeason 3 or longer to know what the hell Jamie did to Beth!!!!"

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It's time to wrack your brains a bit more but before you jump to any conclusions. Catch the new episode on Paramount Network once it airs on July 19, 2020, at 9 pm ET.