Yellowstone Star Wes Bentley on Those Shocking Finale Deaths: 'Feels Like the Board Got Wiped'

The final 10 minutes of this finale are dripping in brutality. It's shocking, but also on Yellowstone we've seen similar things happen before.

When I read the script, I was like, "Oh?!" With Taylor, we'll be on a path down one way and he'll cut the branches on the side so we're going to tumble down with him. I think big, big, dramatic things happen, violent things happen, and in a lot of ways it defines the show because that's who gets the ultimate say. It comes down to that [brutality]. Outside of aliens landing, I don't know where Taylor is going to go from here. He gave himself the ability to go from any angle now. To restart or refresh, he definitely has left himself an open door for a lot of options. I think that's clever. He has a plan, so I think he was ahead of it. As an audience, it feels like the board got wiped and we can write some new things on that board.

Something that's been lingering since earlier this season is Jamie's identity crisis, given that it was revealed he was adopted by John. It's explained that John saved Jamie from living in another broken household, where Jamie's father killed his mother "for your own good." Where is Jamie's head at in the aftermath of the finale?

Jamie probably somewhere in him was always afraid something like this was true. He's a smart guy. Maybe he's fantasized about being from a different family; maybe if that family was there for him, he could connect with them and truly have a family connection that he felt was on a deeper level. But then to find out his [biological] dad is not a good guy, I mean, where do you go from there? I don't know. I have a great mom and dad. I'm lucky. Where I get my spine is from my family. You know what I mean? I stand up because of my family, right? For Jamie, who is he now? He has no spine or legs to stand on. I think Jamie finds family important. He wants that. He wants the love that comes with it.

The theories about the murder sequences at the end are going to run rampant. Do you pay attention to any of that?

I love fan fiction and fans guessing. I don't go online, but I get told these things literally on the phone with my mom. I love that, and you know, fans get involved and have theories and we're going to have a lot of fun with it. It's going to be a blast to hear about what fans think as a community. I mean, I was a Game of Thrones fan, so I had my own theories.

Murder and a sprawling family story. Sounds kind of like Game of Thrones. Do you see that with Yellowstone?

Yes, there definitely is [a connection]. The way the family dynamic works and the goals that kind of all fit together in some weird ways.

Maybe Jamie can go full villain. He's shown flashes before, and his final words in the finale are chilling.

I like how you're thinking. I agree with that. I think it's going to be a really interesting thing to see. I can't say if it it will or it won't, but that'd be a really interesting path to take.

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