‘Yellowstone’ Sets Up Yet Another Spinoff With 1 Subtle Move


  • Season 4 or Yellowstone gave fans a sneak peek at Tim McGraw and the prequel series 1883.
  • John Dutton called in a favor for Jimmy Hurdstrom after Jimmy broke his word to him again.
  • Yellowstone made one subtle move to set up another spinoff.
Yellowstone star Jefferson White attends Paramount Network's season 2 Premiere Party at Lombardi House on May 30, 2019
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Yellowstone season 4 began right where season 3 left off — with the fates of multiple characters hanging in the balance. Fans finally found out who made it out of last season alive in a high-octane, real-time opening sequence. They also gave fans a sneak peek at the new prequel 1883 and star Tim McGraw. And by the end of episode 2 “Phantom Pain,” Yellowstone had set up another spinoff with one subtle move.

Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Yellowstone Season 4, Episodes 1 and 2

Who made it out of ‘Yellowstone’ season 3 alive?

After more than a year of wondering who lived and who died in the explosive Yellowstone season 3 finale, fans finally got answers. Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) found John Dutton (Kevin Costner) on the side of the road after he had been shot multiple times. The ranch hand was able to get his boss medical care fast enough to save him. But John has a lot of injuries to recover from.

Meanwhile, Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) shockingly walked out of Schwartz & Meyer after a bomb went off. She was severely bloodied and injured, with multiple burns, bruises, and scrapes. She was able to recover, but was left with massive scars.

Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) was armed and ready for the gunmen entering the Livestock Commissioner’s office. He tossed a grenade and took out the men coming after him, and then went on a rampage in search of the militiamen responsible.

Jimmy Hurdstrom is alive

There was another incident at the end of season 3 that happened separate from the attacks on the Duttons, but it still left the fate of one character in question. Jimmy Hurdstrom (Jefferson White) was bucked off a horse and left prone in a corral after he promised John Dutton he would steer clear of the rodeo.

Jimmy’s girlfriend Mia (Eden Brolin) quickly found him, and he was able to get medical attention. But once again, Jimmy was severely injured. The episode jumped forward in time a few weeks and Jimmy was still at the hospital undergoing physical therapy.

When Jimmy finally made it back home to the ranch, he was still in a back and neck brace that restricted his movement. It’s clear he still has months of rehab ahead of him, but it won’t be happening at the Yellowstone.

‘Yellowstone’ made one subtle move to set up another spinoff

The second episode’s title “Phantom Pain” was a hint at Jimmy’s storyline. And the topic came up during his discussion with John after he got home. John tells Jimmy that he sure is lucky to have Mia by his side, but she says she’s the lucky one. “No honey, you aren’t,” John tells her.

When John and Jimmy get a moment alone to talk, the ranch hand tells his boss, “It’s weird. I don’t have any feeling in the tips of my fingers, but they still hurt. I don’t know how I can’t feel them and they hurt at the same time, you know?”

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John then tells Jimmy that his grandfather lost his leg, and he said the worst pain he ever felt was in his toes after his leg was gone. “Phantom pain, they call it,” John says. “Yeah, I guess that’s what I got,” Jimmy replies.

John Dutton calls in a favor for Jimmy Hurdstrom

“You broke your word to me, Jimmy,” John tells the young cowboy, who repeatedly apologizes. “You broke your word, you know I’m so goddamn tired of being right. I told you this would happen. And what did I say next?”

Jimmy begs, “Please don’t fire me, sir. Alright, I can still be useful.”

“How? How can you be useful?” John asks. “You can’t ride. You can’t lift anything. But in a few months you will. And you’ll think you have cheating fate all figured out, and you’ll do it again. And I won’t watch that happen.”

John then tells Jimmy that he made a promise to his grandfather. And unlike Jimmy, he keeps his word. However, John tells Jimmy that he’s done trying to make a man out of him, and he’s “leaving that to someone else.”

“It’s the last favor I call in for you. You screw this up and you’re on your own,” John tells him.

Jimmy Hurdstrom is headed to the ‘Yellowstone’ spinoff ‘6666’

When Rip tells Jimmy to pack his things, the young cowboy asks where he’s going. Rip tells him that he’s going with Travis (Taylor Sheridan) to “where cowboying was invented.”

“If those boys can’t make one out of you, you weren’t meant to be one. I’m sorry, Jimmy. It wasn’t my decision,” Rip tells Jimmy.

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Rip’s reference was subtle, but it was obviously to the new Yellowstone spinoff 6666. Jimmy is apparently heading to the Four Sixes Ranch in Texas, which is a real-life location that Sheridan just bought. And it’s the set for the new spinoff.

According to the press release, “The 6666 is synonymous with the merciless endeavor to raise the finest horses and livestock in the world, and ultimately where world-class cowboys are born and made.”

A premiere date has not been announced for 6666 just yet, but it will most likely be in 2022. New episodes of Yellowstone air Sunday nights on the Paramount Network.