Beth & Rip’s Yellowstone Season 4 finale surprise unorthodox wedding is called crazy and touching by the show’s stars Cole Hauser and Kelly Reilly.
Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser explain the Yellowstone season 4 finale surprise marriage of Rip and Beth. Reilly plays Beth Dutton, the daughter of Kevin Costner’s John Dutton, a ranch owner at odds with local politicians and competition in the region. Rip plays John Dutton’s right-hand man on the ranch, who shares an on-again-off-again romance with Beth, which came to a stunning new step in the season 4 finale.
Yellowstone is created by Taylor Sheridan and, thus far, the show has been a smash hit, starring Costner, Reilly, Hauser, Luke Grimes, Wes Bentley, and a host of recurring and guest stars from season to season. The show recently debuted a spinoff prequel series, 1883, which stars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Sam Elliot. Another spinoff series, 6666, aka the Four Sixes, is expected as well, which will cover a similar ranch to Yellowstone’s in Texas.
Amongst a handful of big events in the Yellowstone season 4 finale, one of the biggest was the surprise wedding of Beth and Rip. Talking to ET, both Reilly and Hauser commented on the scene, which transpires as Beth storms into the ranch, wearing a revealing gold dress with a priest she kidnapped, demanding everyone meet outside so that she and Rip could be married. “It’s pretty wild!,” said Hauser of the scene, continuing, “Even as an actor we’re sitting there and we’re trying to put all the things together and connect all the dots and you’re like, ‘This is f**king crazy,’ you know what I mean?’ [But] it all comes together and there’s actually this beautiful moment there. I thought it was pretty touching in the end.”
Reilly commented on the surprise scene, saying that it’s something she’d expect from Beth. “I love their wedding, and it’s just so typical Beth,” Reilly said. “She’s just not interested in having a wedding party or a wedding dress or any of that. All she cares about is being his wife and she knows that… I kind of find her slightly heroic in a really messed up way.” Of course, Beth had a lot to contend with in the Yellowstone season 4 finale, including almost getting kicked off the ranch, confronting the man who tried to kill her father and brother, and finally, blackmailing her other brother, Jamie into killing his birth father.
Reilly’s Beth Dutton has become a signature character in Yellowstone and this latest twist makes perfect sense for who she is. Rip is the one person who seems to be able to handle her, while she seems to be the only one who can meet his level of intensity. Together, they’re sure to forge ahead as the “tornado in a tailerpark” that’s defined the actions of most characters in Yellowstone, which is what makes it one of the best dramas on television. The premiere of Yellowstone season 4 netted 15 million viewers, making it a hit that rivals HBO’s Game of Thrones at its peak. While a fifth season isn’t official, with those kinds of numbers, as well as the spinoff shows rolling out, Yellowstone is sure to continue its run for at least a few more seasons, if not many, many more.