Despite being a pivotal cog in John Dutton’s (played by Kevin Costner) ranch since he was young teen, there is one piece of family history Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) is in the dark about. For four seasons of Paramount’s Yellowstone and despite now marrying his long-time sweetheart Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly), he has no idea her adoptive brother Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) is the reason she can’t provide him with a baby.
The heartbreaking truth behind Beth’s inability to conceive wasn’t unveiled to Yellowstone fans until the third season.
Despite years of pure hatred and vitriol thrown Jamie’s way from Beth, fans were none the wiser as to exactly why there was such resentment up until this point.
Thanks to a flashback, it was revealed Jamie had taken Beth to an off-the-books clinic for an abortion after she fell pregnant with a young Rip.
However, he kept it hidden from her that she wouldn’t be able to bear children ever again after the procedure.
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Beth’s traumatic childhood has hardened her into the no-holds-barred figure Yellowstone fans are so familiar with today.
Combined with the blame she’s been putting on herself for her part in the death of her mother Evelyn (Gretchen Mol) too, it’s no surprise Beth isn’t the most emotionally stable.
However, heading into season five, it finally sounds like she’ll have support from an outside force, case in point her new husband Rip.
And judging by new quotes from star Hauser, Beth’s internal struggles and past traumas may come into the limelight and into Rip’s knowledge.
After all, Jamie isn’t exactly in the Duttons’ good books heading into season five, with John and Beth merely seeing him as a pawn to manipulate after blackmailing him for the part he played in Garrett Randall’s (Will Patton) death.
So if Beth confides in her new husband, it’s unlikely she’ll be thinking of sparing her adoptive sibling.
Rip is known to stop at nothing in order to protect Beth as well, even taking a bullet to the torso to protect her from the Beck brothers’ hitmen.
Should he discover what Jamie did to Beth, he may take deadly action as reparation for depriving the two of their dream family unit.
This wouldn’t be the first time the threat of Rip was used to send shivers down Jamie’s spine.
After she discovered Jamie knew his biological father was behind the season three assassination attempts on the Duttons, she blackmailed him into killing him off or she’d tell Rip.
So fearful of what Rip would do, Jamie killed his own father – but will season five see Rip finally take deadly action against him?
Yellowstone season 5 premieres on the Paramount Network in the USA on November 13. A UK release date is yet to be announced.