Rip Wheeler isn’t the lightest character on Yellowstone, but that doesn’t mean he can’t feel joy. The complicated ranch foreman also has a sunnier side, and in an interview to promote Season 4 of the hit series, actor Cole Hauser explains what would constitute a happy ending for a character who has had so much darkness.
Season 3 saw Rip start to lighten up a bit as his relationship with Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) deepened and John Dutton (Kevin Costner) admitted he was like a son to him by giving her a cabin. where to live, but the end of the season saw it all under threat as the Duttons came under concerted attack. Season 4 brought both more violence and more joy to the character’s story arc, and Hauser opened up to Taste of Country in an interview ahead of the Season 4 premiere in November, sharing what he considers a happy ending for Rip.
“I think Rip is… before everyone else gets hurt and almost killed, I think he’s in that happy place, you know,” he says. “He does what he wants to do, John gave him this wonderful cabin. He’s in love, he raises a ranch and does the only thing he knows and loves to do. So I think before that cliffhanger of the season 3, and that kind of near-death experiences for all of these characters, I think he’s about as happy as he’s ever been. “
It remains to be seen whether Season 4 will end in a way that allows Rip, Beth, and their new load, Carter (Finn Little) to retain the happiness they have found this season. Yellowstone ends Season 4 Sunday (Jan. 2) on Paramount Network starting at 8 p.m. ET.
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