‘Yellowstone’ Season 4: Monica and Tate Are Mysteriously Absent, as Kelsey Asbille Teases a ‘New Chapter’


  • In the Yellowstone season 4 premiere Monica and Tate found themseleves under attack.
  • Kelsey Asbille says her character is ‘done’ with the Duttons.
  • The Yellowstone star teases a new chapter for Monica and Tate.
Yellowstone stars Kelsey Asbille (Monica) and Gil Birmingham (Chief Rainwater)
Kelsey Asbille (Monica) and Gil Birmingham (Chief Rainwater) on ‘Yellowstone’ | Paramount

Yellowstone is back for season 4, and star Kelsey Asbille says big changes are coming for her character, Monica Dutton. The season premiere was a traumatic one for Monica and her son, Tate (Brecken Merrill). But in the second episode, the two were mysteriously absent.

While Kayce (Luke Grimes) was focused on taking down the people who attacked him, his father, and his sister. According to Asbille, the latest Dutton chaos will lead to a “new chapter” for Kayce’s wife and son.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Yellowstone season 4

Monica and Tate fought off their attacker in the ‘Yellowstone’ season 4 premiere

The intense opening of Yellowstone season 4 saw an attacker inside the Dutton home attempting to kill Monica and Tate. For a moment, it looked as if Monica was doomed. But Tate showed up at the last second with a shotgun and killed the intruder, allowing the two to make it to safety.

Ahead of the season 4 premiere, Asbille told Hollywood Life that Monica had just one thing on her mind when the attack on the Duttons started.

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“I think the only thought in her mind is Tate and how do I get him out of here,” Asbille revealed. “We pick up right where we left off and the opening is so intense and also has real consequences for Monica and Tate.”

Kelsey Asbille says her character is ‘done’ with the Duttons

The attack in the season 4 premiere was just the latest trauma that Monica has had to deal with since she and Tate moved to the Dutton ranch with Kayce. At the end of season 2, Tate was kidnapped by militiamen working for the Beck brothers. He was eventually rescued, but Asbille says that Monica is done with the dangers that come from marrying into the Dutton family.

“She is done… I think what she sees in him [Kayce], too, is she sees the Dutton coming out, which is really terrifying for her,” Asbille explained. “She’s always been a person fighting for her family. She wants to be a good mother, so this is really the tipping point and she’s like, ‘I’m out.’”

The ‘Yellowstone’ star teases a new chapter for Monica and Tate

Monica and Tate will show up again in Yellowstone Season 4, Episode 3 “All I See Is You.” The mother and son are still at the Dutton ranch when the episode begins. But they might not be there when the episode ends. Asbille says that after the trauma of the premiere, things are changing.

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“I think that it definitely opens a new chapter for Monica and Tate,” Asbille teased. “It comes with its own crazy cliffhanger at the end of the season. There is something that comes at her that’s unexpected but also kind of playful. It brings out a different side in Monica that we haven’t seen.”

Monica confronting Kayce is ‘a long time coming’

Asbille says that the upcoming episode will feature one of her favorite scenes from season 4. It’s the moment Monica confronts Kayce about his dangerous family and lifestyle, and Asbille says “it’s been a long time coming.”

“They were both in the [emotional boxing] ring, and Luke and I were up to the challenge. It was a scene we hadn’t done before. It was a conversation we hadn’t had before,” Asbille told UPI. “Everyone on the show is fighting for their family, and they have very different ways of approaching it.”

Going back to her community in ‘Yellowstone’ season 4

Asbille says that when Monica does leave the ranch, she will turn to her community and her indigenous culture as “a way of healing for Tate.” She says that also “brings Kayce in” and they will “reintroduce that world” that they left in season 1.

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“[Creator] Taylor [Sheridan], at heart, is a romantic. He loves these characters and roots for these characters. Who knows what will happen, but I think they are in it for the long haul,” Asbille said.

New episodes of Yellowstone air Sunday nights on the Paramount Network.