'Yellowstone' Season 4 Ending Explained: Has John lost Jamie as a son for good?

Beth's powerplay forces Jamie to effectively become her puppet and tow the line, unless he wants his life ruined

                            'Yellowstone' Season 4 Ending Explained: Has John lost Jamie as a son for good?
Kevin Costner as John Dutton in 'Yellowstone' (Paramount Network)

Spoilers for 'Yellowstone' Season 4 Episode 10 'Grass on the Streets and Weeds on the Rooftops'

'Yellowstone' Season 4 certainly delivered an explosive finale! We previously saw Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) at the receiving end of John Dutton's(Kevin Costner) anger when she basically used and sent Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo) to jail like sending a lamb to the slaughter, for her own agenda. This led to the father telling his daughter to leave while he sorts things out.

Meanwhile, another Dutton family member Kayce (Luke Grimes) is facing a unique challenge in the mountains, all alone without food or water to determine the meaning of his spirit animal and induce visions. Also still concealed is the identity of the actual Dutton attacker which Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) knows. With many ongoing plots happening, here's what happened in the 10th episode and how the show wrapped up Season 4.


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The tenth episode of the Season saw Beth make up with John immediately, but she has a plan in mind that John doesn't know of. Returning back to Yellowstone ranch is Jimmy (Jefferson White) who brings along Emily who is now his fiance, leading to a full-blown catfight with Mia (Eden Brolin). Jimmy's return is quite brief as John tells him he owes him nothing, leaving Jimmy free to go back to Texas which he chooses to do. Kayce who has hallucinations in the mountains comes back home, but much somber than before. Coming back to Beth, the only daughter of the family is set to take revenge on the man who carried out the hit with the intention of killing him. This sees her meet him under the guise of a conjugal visit where she learns that Jamie had visited as well. When she confronts Jamie in his office he spills that it wasn't him but Garrett Randall(Will Patton) his birth father who was the perpetrator. The furious lady gives blackmails him with two options, both ending with him dead or in prison for life. When he begs her she tells him of a third option.

Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton in 'Yellowstone' (Paramount Network)

What happens at the end of the tenth episode?

Jamie comes to visit Garrett Randall who may soon disappear for a while as Jamie wants to run for governor. He tells his son that he's the only one who cares about him and that the Duttons will use his fear against him and deceive him into thinking that he's a bad son. He tells Jamie that he loves him but what comes next is shocking. A tearful Jamie says, "I love you too dad", and proceeds to shoot him in the head and we learn that this was Beth's third option. Later when he's dumping the body Beth is ready at the scene and takes a picture of him in the act to use against him anytime he crosses the line.

Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton in 'Yellowstone' (Paramount Network)

Towards the end we see Beth come home where John asks her where has she been with her replying that she was keeping her promise to destroy anything that hurts him. John asks her to tell him straight and says, "Did I lose a son today", with Beth saying he was never his son. John says that he is a disappointment and his biggest failure but he raised him and loves him as much as he's tried not to. Demanding an answer he asks, "Do I still have him"?. Beth replies, "Yeah, but now you own him daddy."

Although Jamie now has to abide by Beth's rules it doesn't mean he won't be resentful. After all, he did just have to kill his birth father who was showering him with love, support and reaffirmation that he's craved all his life. Beth forcing him to do so for an agenda that was for John won't go down well with the adopted Dutton son and may have potentially been the biggest crack in an already fractured relationship.

Season 4 of 'Yellowstone' is available to stream on the Paramount Network app and on Amazon Prime Video.

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