John Dutton (Kevin Costner) ended season four on a high, with the title of Montana governor in sight.
John’s surprise decision to run for governor, after years of refusing to enter the world of politics, was one of the most unexpected storylines featured in “Yellowstone” season four.
If the season five trailer is anything to go by, the Dutton patriarch finds himself firmly implanted in the position in the new episodes.
In his personal life, last season also saw John begin an unlikely romance with animal-rights activist Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo), but their relationship got off to a rocky start thanks to Beth’s meddling.
Beth Dutton, meanwhile, found herself settling into domestic life as a wife and a mother (sort of).
Season four saw John’s only daughter take in an orphaned young boy named Carter (Finn Little), who she meets while visiting her father in the hospital.
While their arrangement was only meant to be temporary, the troubled teen reminds her of a young Rip, and she agrees to let him stay.
At the end of the season, Beth was also shown to make huge strides in her relationship with on-and-off again partner Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser).
The two tied the knot in an impromptu ceremony just outside the family home attended by John, Carter, Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith), and a priest who Beth, of course, kidnapped.
Beth’s now-husband Rip Wheeler spent much of the last season keeping things in order in the bunkhouse.
With John focusing on his political aspirations, Rip is given the responsibility of taking care of the ranch in his absence.
However, this leads to one of the show’s most heartbreaking moments so far. After Lloyd picks a fight with fellow worker Walker (Ryan Bingham), Rip enforces his hard and fast rule of no fighting in the bunkhouse.
To keep him from throwing fists, Rip does the only thing he can think of: breaking his hand.
This doesn’t seem to affect their friendship too much as, by the end of the season, Lloyd is by Rip’s side as his best man during his wedding to Beth.
Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) reconnected with his biological father — but their storyline ended in tragedy.
Jamie spent season four distancing himself from his adoptive father since he was also vying for the position of governor. At the same time, he also grew close to his birth father, Garrett Randall (Will Patton).
However, he learns that it was Garrett who ordered the triple hit on the Dutton family in season three. When Beth ekes this information out of Jamie, she threatens to have him jailed or killed.
She also gives him a third option, which turns out to be taking care of Garrett himself. He shoots him in the head, understanding that it is the only option to ensure his own survival.
Later, when disposing of the body, he is surprised to run into Beth, who photographs him to use as blackmail.
Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) went on a spiritual journey and returned a different man.
Season four saw Kayce settle into family life with his wife Monica (Kelsey Asbille) and son Tate, but his storyline took a turn for the weird when he started communing with a visiting wolf.
On the recommendation of Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham), he decides to lean into experience and goes on a narcotic-laden hallucinogenic journey.
Along the way, he has visions of his dead brother Lee (Dave Annable), his time in combat, and finally, the wolf shows him a young American Indian girl. She leads him to the ridge, where he is given two equally unappealing paths to choose from.
When he awakens and returns to his family, Kayce is asked by Monica what he saw and his answer is pretty bleak. “The end of us,” he responds.
On a happier note, it is also revealed that Monica is expecting another child in the season four finale.