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Beth’s Big ‘Yellowstone’ Reveal in Episode 6 Is Reshaping the Series
This TV season, Paramount Network’s Yellowstone is making a play for the title of television’s best summer drama series. And Taylor Sheridan’s popular sweeping western has changed its tune in its third season. Sure, there’s no shortage of violence and darkness on the Dutton family’s expansive Montana ranch, but there is a nuance in Season Three that wasn’t as present in the series’ first two seasons. While Kevin Costner and company were out making a motorcycle gang dig their own graves, it’s the women of Yellowstone who are doing the heavy lifting. In particular, Beth (Kelly Reilly) has had an extraordinary past two episodes as the series unpacks the traumatic abortion-turned-hysterectomy she was forced into as a teenager.
Somewhere along the way, Yellowstone threw its rulebook out the window and said, “We’re here to tell a story.” From the issue of forced sterilization to the rights of indigenous people, Yellowstone has harnessed the power of its storytelling and is actually doing some damn fine work when it comes to creating a compelling narrative without losing its absurd charm—seriously, whoever resurfaced Guy on a Buffalo should be promoted.
In last week’s July 19 episode, the show flashed back to the day when Jamie (Wes Bentley) drove his sister Beth to a free clinic that primarily treats indigenous people. When told that if Beth got an abortion at the clinic, she’d be required to be sterilized, Jamie consented without telling his sister. This week dives into Beth’s trauma as she confronts Jamie. In the exchange, Jamie accuses Beth of only being mad at him for doing what he asked her to do, to which Beth promptly responds, “I didn’t ask you for a fucking hysterectomy.” In an impossibly difficult moment, she clarifies and says, “When you consider the pain you cause a person the person’s fault? That’s evil, Jamie.”
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It’s an incredible moment for a series that, at times, has a penchant for the melodramatic. To think a couple seasons ago that Yellowstone would highlight the darkness of victim blaming is a shock, to say the least. But in the back half of Season Three, Yellowstone has managed to create this microcosm of badass women who are learning to work outside the confines of the types of women we often see in westerns. Even in this week’s secondary story where a Native American girl named Sila goes missing and is found dead, Chief Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) and Monica (Kelsey Asbille) have a frank conversation about how indigenous people are a bother to the American government because they only are interested in the land the Native American people hold. Monica steps up to lead the charge to protect indigenous women in Montana.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Sheridan said that he knows how the show ends, and that could potentially stretch another couple of seasons. With the way that Season Three has evolved, especially over the past two or three weeks, it seems that Sheridan has a plan to take these women who anchor the series and say a lot more with their story than viewers initially expected. The darkness that Yellowstone has become known for has shifted, alluding to something more meaningful than it did at the start.
As the series continues to wade into the complex social waters that it has throughout most of Season Three, it will be interesting to see what Sheridan has in store for the female characters who are bringing the series to life. For a series that seems to be continually on the rise in popularity, narratives like the ones in this season will only keep viewers coming in. That and the occasional voyeuristic wolf.
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.
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