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It all makes sense now...
Jamie did it! HA!
So, here's a Season 4 summary for you...and remember, folks, you heard it HERE 1st!!!
- Beth survives, but she's either crippled / dismembered / or tragically disfigured.
- Casey survives unscathed (possibly even shooting some/all of his attackers), (eventually becoming Governor in later episodes)
- The horse Rip shot was meant for John to find, not Rip. The woman on the side of the road with the flat was just a coincidence.
- The boy on the side of the road survives (obviously, because he's crouched in the bushes). His mom dies.
- Rip turns around and goes back down the road the other way and finds a mortally wounded John on the side of the road, and rushes him to the
hospital, narrowly saving his life. The reason he turns around is because of the birds he saw overhead.
- Casey, now as Governor, uncovers Jamie's plot from the instructions of his real father "in order to run the empire you have to kill the King", and
forces him to turn over the Yellowstone trust to him, which he, in turn, gives back to Beth.
- Casey leaves the Yellowstone in the hands of Beth and Rip. Thus, he extracts himself out of the very thing which got him branded in the
beginning...the war between the tribe and the Duttons over the ranch. John, now older and in failing health, agrees to this arrangement.
- Rip and Beth adopt the little boy (from the side of the road), because Beth can't have children.
- Market Equities, the obvious real villain here, turns out to be a nothing burger, and essentially gives up and disappears from the story.
Now, here's where YOU come in...
? - The dispute between the tribe and the Duttons has to be resolved somehow. Some mutually acceptable agreement gets struck between the the two
parties and they agree to an uneasy alliance against future foes. But how?
? - What is the ultimate fate of Jamie? Does he get a pardon from going to the "Train Station", and instead gets branded himself and lives out his
days in servitude at the Yellowstone? (Oh, what a turn of events THAT would be, right?)
And then there's Season 5, right? You've got to figure Costner is not going to be on the show much longer, he's got other stuff to do. Hence his
role stepping back.
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