Delicate spoilers under for the fourth episode of Yellowstone Season 4, so tread rigorously if you have not but watched.
Anytime Taylor Sheridan makes an look on Yellowstone as horse dealer Travis Wheatley, it is going to be a damned good time. After dropping among the finest traces of the season thus far in a number of episodes, Travis delivered fairly a number of extra whoppers in Episode 4 as he and Jimmy bonded considerably throughout their journey to the 6666 Ranch in Texas to assist arrange the upcoming 6666 spinoff with Jefferson White starring. Throughout one scene, Sheridan additionally tipped his hat to the upcoming prequel spinoff 1883 in a enjoyable manner.
After Travis makes it abundantly clear why Jimmy won’t ever be allowed to drive that exact pickup truck on that exact drive, the horse-riding maestro drops a memorable quote from the considerably influential film Highway Home, and goes on to name it the most effective film of all time. (Jimmy’s in all probability fortunate Travis didn’t make him really feel even worse for not instantly recognizing it.) And whereas that already might need been sufficient to spark fourth-wall conversations, Travis flat-out name-checks Sam Elliott:
So, though 1883 hasn’t but premiered on Paramount+ and Paramount Community, and thus hasn’t but canonically established Sam Elliott’s rootin’est-tootin’est cowboy Shea Brennan into the Yellowstone-verse, we live in a world the place Elliott will exist on two totally different planes. He’s a legendary actor to Travis and others, very similar to he’s in our world, and he will even be portraying the individual liable for getting John Dutton’s ancestors to the Montana land that will grow to be the household’s expansive ranch.
Yellowstone wrapped up most of its filming in late 2020, lengthy earlier than the 1883 prequel introduced that Sam Elliott was solid alongside Tim McGraw and Religion Hill. Nonetheless, a part of the reported the reason why Season 4 took so lengthy to debut on Paramount Community needed to do with further scenes being shot. So at this level, it’s unclear whether or not or not Taylor Sheridan was already conscious of Elliott’s prequel involvement on the time when that scene was filmed.
However I feel I’d desire the concept Sheridan positively knew about Elliott serving such a pivotal position for the Dutton household so way back when he talked about Highway Home and made everybody consider the enduring actor rocking Patrick Swayze’s mullet. That makes issues extra attention-grabbing in the long term, as a result of now I would like certainly one of these two concepts to occur:
- John Dutton pulls out some previous household picture albums and comes throughout some portrait that includes James and Margaret Dutton together with Shea Brennan, and Travis walks by and notices it, after which everybody begins speaking about how a lot Brennan appears to be like like Sam Elliott, full with The Large Lebowski references.
- It is revealed that there is a time machine someplace on the Yellowstone ranch, and somebody goes again in time and will get James and Margaret Dutton to observe Highway Home, and so they name in Brennan and his thoughts is, like, completely blown. By the point journey. However then additionally by seeing a person that appears precisely like he does.
Whether or not or not that ever occurs, we’ll simply have to attend and see. However you’ll want to try Yellowstone each Sunday evening on Paramount Community at 8:00 p.m. ET, and tune into the 1883 premiere when it debuts as a simulcast throughout each Paramount Community and Paramount+ on Sunday, December 19.