We're only two episodes into Yellowstone Season 3, and already several characters are set up to play major roles in the rest of them.
Because of the events of Season 2, patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) had to resign as Livestock Commissioner. Fortunately, he was able to choose his replacement. Unfortunately, it was the son he didn't want—Jamie (Wes Bentley)—who is taking over and is already in the middle of quite the mess.
John is 'desperate to protect' what's his, like the ranch, the star says.
Meanwhile, hedge fund manager Roarke Morris (Josh Holloway) has come to the area with big plans, setting him on a collision course with Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly). Plus, there are some changes coming to the ranch.
Scroll down to see which characters we're keeping an eye on this season.
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John Dutton (Kevin Costner)
The patriarch of the family is always at the center of things, especially when it comes to protecting his family’s legacy and land. From the looming threat of plans for a ski resort, airport, and city in the area to the trouble coming with Jamie as Livestock Commissioner to likely more scenes with family members like the ones with his other son Kayce (Luke Grimes) and his grandson Tate (Brecken Merrill), we expect to continue to see all sides of John Dutton in Season 3.
Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly)
So far, Beth is the only Dutton to interact with Roarke Morris, and due to her job, we’ll likely continue to see her in the middle of those business dealings. Plus, she and ranch foreman Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) are finally together, but Roarke could very well play a role in her personal life as well. There are certainly sparks.
Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley)
If there’s one thing John can count on with Jamie, it’s that he can’t really count on Jamie. And while his son may be trying to turn that around as he takes over as Livestock Commissioner in Season 3, he’s already in trouble after his first episode on the job. He’s accountable for his agents’ actions, and Agent Hendon (James Jordan) accidentally killed two suspects in his custody in an attempt to send a message. How will Jamie handle this? How will John react? And will Jamie be able to earn his family’s trust this season?
Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser)
Rip’s in charge of the bunkhouse, which means he’s the one bringing in new faces, including one on this list. Between that (and whatever else he maintains control of on the ranch) and his relationship with Beth finally taking off, we expect to continue to see him have a big role to play in the season and as part of the family.
Roarke Morris (Josh Holloway)
The latest threat to Yellowstone, the hedge fund manager already made a splash (and showed off his stamina by hiking miles upstream in a river) in the premiere and continues to do so in every scene he shares with Beth. But he’s just getting started, and we can’t wait to see what happens when he and our favorite characters cross paths in a boardroom and likely on the Dutton ranch. And, there is, of course, whatever could be coming up with him, Beth, and Rip…
Teeter (Jennifer Landon)
So far, only Rip and Lloyd (Forrie J. Smith) have met the newest addition to the ranch—during Rip’s try-outs in Episode 2—and she’s already made quite the splash. And she’s set to be quite a fun character this season, just based on what we’ve seen from a featurette released before the premiere. The bunkhouse is not going to be the same.