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Yellowstone Fans Think They’ve Figured Out How the Show Will End

Yellowstone lovers are anticipating the end of the world, with family funds drying up and California vegans gaining control. The series, now in its fifth season, is sure to wrap soon, and the final plot point—who is left with John Dutton’s land—may not be far off. After Fans speculate that Taylor Sheridan was the creator of Episode 4. The writing has been there since the beginning. The Yellowstone ranch will end up with one of John’s children, fans think, but not the one we expected.

On Reddit’s Yellowstone fan page, one user believes the final victor will be Jamie. “Who do [the Duttons] always turn to when they need to be bailed out?” this Redditor asks. “Who knows all their secrets? … Time will tell, but I think if you keep poking an animal and poking and poking, at some point they turn on you and attack with every ounce of their soul.”

The theory alludes to Jamie’s treatment over the course of the show; he’s long been the abusive target of his legal sister Beth. He’s also the escape route for much of the family’s legal problems, a loyal servant with enough knowledge and legal power to ruin them if pushed to the edge. Already in Season 5, we’re seeing this pressure mount. Prodded animals will eventually bite back.

The theory, however, isn’t just psychologically compelling. Many Redditors note the show’s foreshadowing of Jamie’s ascent.

For one, there’s his name—from the Bible and meaning something like “usurper” or “one who supplants”—which signals some future Judas act. It is also a variation of “James,” the name of John Dutton’s great great grandfather who we follow in 1883. Jamie’s own son, named after himself, could bring the story full circle; Jamie could take over the ranch and give it to his own son, James. Others point out that Jamie’s son could give the land away to fulfill a promise made by James Dutton to his native tribe in 1883 to them: they would return the land after seven generations.

Others point to the foreshadowing in the series’ first episode, when John kills a horse, which many believe symbolizes the land. Kayce also manages to rescue a stray pony in that sequence. It is thought that Sheridan prefigured the ending of the series with this opening sequence. Kayce is represented as the horse that he must lead away the others, i.e. the Dutton Ranch. (Kayce’s overall flight from the ranch seems now to be almost complete as he appears to be choosing Tate and Monica over his Dutton duties.) John’s shooting the metaphoric horse also appears to already be in motion this season, as he makes risky decisions that could leave the ranch vulnerable for takeover. This is how he is ruining the land. Rip even compares John’s ascent as Montana governor to the fall of the Roman Empire.

How did Jamie get the land? Presumably, through some aggressive legal maneuvers. It’s unclear how he avoids the anvil that is Beth Dutton hanging over his head, though Beth seems well on the path to self-destruction anyway.

We like the idea of the land returning to Montana’s tribes by way of Jamie. It would be the end of the prodding and pokes that have been going on for too long.

Joshua St Clair is an editor assistant at Men’s Health Magazine. 

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