Yellowstone‘s Beth Dutton never lived through a war she wouldn’t fight. Damn, a war she wouldn’t do get started, for that matter. But, portraitist Kelly Reilly tells TVLine that she may have bitten off more than she can chew when she hired young Carter as a nurse. “I don’t think she knows she doesn’t have the skills for it. She doesn’t even know any kids other than… [nephew] Taat.”
If Beth was instructed to deliver a wrecking ball to an enemy — destroy a career or bankrupt a company, for example — she could do so blindfolded with one hand tied behind her back. Maybe two. As Reilly puts it, “she knows how to destroy, but does she know how to nurture, how to care for something?”
Ahead of Sunday’s episode of Paramount Network’s never-ending thrill ride (8/7c), viewers have marveled at the spectacle of Beth trying old college, sweetly manipulating tough fiancé Rip to shave Carter and leave. . to perfect her Hamburger Helper recipe. (The trick? Use hamburger, not tuna.) “Suddenly,” Reilly notes, “we see her feeding and cooking and sort of trying out this aspect of herself that I really like.
“There’s something about Carter that pushes her buttons in a way that nothing has ever done before,” she adds. “I don’t know if she feels she’s really capable of… [parenting him] or if she thinks she would be good at it. She’s not a Disney character.”
“And there’s a part of me,” she continues, “that hopes for her that she can provide for her own family.”