‘Yellowstone’ Fans Figured Out How the Duttons Will Save Their Ranch

From Good Housekeeping

  • Since the start of season 1, the Dutton family has been fighting for their land.

  • After John Dutton turned down the $500 million offer to sell his land to Market Equities, it seemed like they were out of options.

  • Fans are now think hope lies with John's grandson, Tate.

During the last three seasons of Yellowstone, the Dutton family has gone head-to-head with their rivals — the Beck brothers, Roarke Morris, and well, even their own blood (Beth and Jamie). While they typically come out on top, season 3 is bringing the Duttons their toughest battle yet: In a recent episode, it was revealed that they would have to give up their land, one way or another.

The ranch, which has been in the Dutton family for six generations, has been under constant attack by "those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and United States of America's first national park." Last season, Dan Jenkins and Thomas Rainwater, conspired against John Dutton and his family, even planning to build a casino and hotel on Dutton soil. That is, until the Beck brothers came along and threatened to overtake them all.

Season 3 brought Market Equities CEO Willa Hayes and "hedge fund baller" Roarke Morris, who put an offer on the table — a $500 million, at that — to deter the Duttons from having their land taken over by the state. They are ultimately fighting a losing battle and have two choices: sell the land for a large sum, or give it up in a few years' time and come away with nothing. Although the Dutton children agreed that the $500 million deal was the best move for their family, John had the final word: "I made a promise and I'd rather lose it than break it," he told Beth as he turned down the offer.

But now, it feels like the Duttons are back at square one — and they have even more enemies plotting to take everything away from them. Fans, however, remain confident that they'll find another way to hold on to what's theirs.

Some are theorizing that the Duttons will put the land in Monica's name, so that it's protected by the reservation.

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Others say it'll be put into a trust for Tate, her and Kayce's son. Because Tate is half Native American, the land will fall under the same protections.

It makes sense, especially since John had previously told his grandson that the ranch would be his someday. Maybe it'll just be sooner than he had originally planned.

But if this plan fails, there's a strong chance that John will turn the land over to Thomas Rainwater. Plus, since he's now working so closely with Monica now, it might turn out to be a win-win situation for everyone.

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