What Happened to Tate Dutton in Season 5 of Yellowstone

March 11, 2024

Tate Dutton, played by Brecken Merrill, has always been a sweetheart on Yellowstone. He brings a childlike perception to the show, and he’s been through plenty of rough times in his short life. Unfortunately, Season 5 of the Paramount Network series brought another tragic episode for the family. The last scene of the episode was heartbreaking for everyone involved.

The episode opens with Monica (Kelsey Asbille) letting Kayce know that she’s having contractions. He tells her to call an ambulance, and they head off on the ride to Billings. But on the way, she swerves to avoid a bison in the road and crashes into an oncoming truck. Despite the horrific accident, both she and Tate are still alive. But her unborn son—whom she names John—dies at the scene.

While the Duttons aren’t exactly known for their compassion, they did what they had to in order to rescue the boy. They immediately made a connection between Malcolm and Teal Beck, the neo-Nazi white supremacists that had kidnapped Tate. Kayce raided the Beck Brothers mansion and found Teal in a bathroom, and he didn’t hesitate to shoot him and interrogate him. The info he gave up led the Duttons to where Malcolm and Tate were hiding.

Sadly, John was not able to save Tate this time. He succeeded in shooting Malcolm, but he couldn’t bring himself to shoot him again. Instead, he sat down with him as he slowly bled to death. The end of the episode shows John in tears, and it’s obvious that this was a huge blow to him. This was everything that he had worked for: to get back in the good graces of his ex-wife and to ensure that a second John would take over his ranch one day.

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