Yellowstone season 2 episode 4 review: An unnecessary death

Yellowstone season 2 episode 4Tonight, Yellowstone season 2 episode 4 brought forward a story about continuing land battles, family conflicts, but also a violent situation at the ranch that spiraled out of control.

What this episode brought stylistically is much of what you’ve probably been loving all season long — a stellar color pallette, great performances, and also Beth trying to pull strings at every chance. She recognizes that keeping the ranch in one place is going to get ugly.

Now, let’s get to some of the ugly. For Jamie Dutton, the man is finding himself screwed over by Beth — he’s not in the running for Attorney General and, to go along with that, he was toyed around with at the dinner table in front of Cassidy, Beth, and John. Jamie’s finding himself on the outside looking in on this ranch and no matter how you look at it, this is a man dealing with some rather-sorry times.

Meanwhile, Kayce started to find a little bit more of a place with John riding alongside the agents in order to uncover some buried secrets to help his father out. The land battle around Yellowstone is becoming more and more like a war, with Malcolm Beck himself making it clear that if they wanted to keep themselves from being turned into a ski lodge, they had to make sure that either greedy people or the government were going to stop them.

Kayce’s story lead to the night’s pivotal situation, as there was a dead body at the ranch — one that could have enormous ramifications in the weeks that are coming up. Kayce did his part to look into what was going on with Jerry and as soon as he uncovered the truth, things take a turn for the violent. Jerry resisted arrest and soon after that, his boy pointed a gun at him. This led to a violent confrontation with an unprepared authority and on the other side of this, Jerry’s boy ended up being shot. He’s gone. This situation escalated and now, things are even more chaotic.

Something needs to be fixed when it comes to the power structure in this part of the country. That much is clear on the other side of tonight. The only thing you have to wonder is if Yellowstone has so many factions and people at play that it’s hard to really jump from one to the next effectively.

On a personal level, at least Kayce and Monica’s relationship is getting better … right? Close to the end of the episode the two slept together. Whether or not that turns into something more remains to be seen, but just seeing that one vision of their family together at the end was a reason to want to have home.

CarterMatt Verdict

Yellowstone season 2 episode 4 delivered a heck of a solid hour, and also one that delivered some significant character swings at the same time. It also exposed some of the problems within local law enforcement and how corruption could eat all of these people alive. Let’s see how things are going to build up through the remainder of the season.

Maybe tonight’s confrontation involving Kayce sets up a larger chain of events, or maybe it’s cast aside and forgotten about. Either way, this is one of the more standout moments so far this season.

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