Warning:This article contains spoilers for season five of Yellowstone.
Yellowstone‘s mid-season finale kicked off with a bang, a burial, and a brand — and an emotional moment between Rip Wheeler and John Dutton. As fans saw in the last episode, Wheeler made a life-changing decision when one of John’s ranch hands, Rowdy, disrespectfully spoke about Beth Dutton. It was in this episode that we saw the repercussions of his actions.
In protecting Beth’s honor, Wheeler let anger get the best of him and ended Rowdy’s life, and while he went to John for help with what to do next, the landowner certainly wasn’t going to do it for him. No, Rip chose to end someone’s life, and he would clean up his own mess.
John drove Rip and Lloyd to the train station in one of our first peeks into its layered history, and we see the two ranch hands as they carry Rowdy’s body to send him off on his final ride. The tension is so thick that you could cut it with a knife as the two get back into the car, no one saying a word until John asks questions.
“He was a good hand and now he’s gone because he insulted you, but he didn’t insult you — he insulted my daughter which insulted you which leads me to my next question: is something going on with you and my daughter?”