It is evident from Yellowstone‘s first episode that Beth Dutton (third child and only daughter of Kevin Costner’s John Dutton) and Rip Wheeler (the lead ranch hand at the Yellowstone) have a history and some damn good chemistry. It appears to have been years since they had seen each other but that doesn’t stop them from a quickie on a dresser.
Beth is cold-hearted, usually with a cigarette or drink in her hand (everyone blames her for her mother’s death — it would mess you up too) while Rip is a lot softer. Though he is a ranch hand who doesn’t blink an eye at branding another man, he appears to have held a candle for Beth for decades. She’s a mess and he’s ready to fix her. He isn’t afraid throughout the entire first season to let his feelings known, no matter how much Beth pulls away, telling her in the finale he doesn’t care who she sleeps with, he just cares about her.
Though Beth isn’t all stone-cold bitch. She does tell Rip halfway through the season that everyone she loves dies so she isn’t sure how he’s still standing. Gave me chills.
Sure they seem doomed. I mean Beth is a basket case and will just pull out Rips’s heart again and again but I can still want it, can’t I? As the title of the article says, they are the best thing this show has got going for it and I will keep watching to see what they do together and individually.