Uber writer-producer Taylor Sheridan is excellent at keeping secrets, namely how Casey Dutton’s vision quest at the end of season 4 of Yellowstone changes the character as he advances. But star Luke Grimes didn’t want it any other way.
“I should know a lot more when I read some of the scripts for season five,” Grimes told the crowd at Deadline’s Contenders TV event. “I didn’t know what that wolf was talking about. But I’m not asking Taylor. It’s fun to go for a ride like everyone else. He knows where the show is going and how it ends but he’s not going to tell us. It is joy. I too am going for a walk. I’m curious to see where he goes and if these experiences change him in any way.
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During his onstage chat with moderator Mike Fleming, Grimes acknowledged that Sheridan sees a lot of The Godfatherfrom Michael Corleone to Casey, the youngest member of the Dutton family who returned to the ranch after serving in the military and had to work in the family business. “He’s dealing with major PTSD from the things he’s had to do and you finally get a little taste of that Season 4 ending. This guy must’ve seen a lot of things that most people don’t. ever,” said Grimes, who was joined. on stage by Jefferson White (Jimmy). “He has a big heart, he loves his family and unfortunately he was forced to do things he is not proud of. Michael Corleone is a reference we talked about in season 1. Casey is between a rock and a hard place. He is loyal to his family and his heritage. It’s something he could steer but he has to constantly tweak that decision. Over the seasons, he must choose his camp.
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White, meanwhile, reflected on his character’s enormous arc at the Dutton Ranch, from the day he arrived as a drug-addicted rookie to an old pro who knows how to raise a horse. In many ways, Jimmy’s experience mimics White’s joining Western drama. “I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never touched a horse in my life. I was kind of scared and intimidated by the process. I’m surrounded by these brilliant, brilliant cowboys, these artists who have a mythical quality. Jimmy is thrown into difficult new circumstances, which reflect my experience on the show. He learned to masturbate a stallion.
“Every time I tried to guess what was going to happen next, Taylor came up with so much better than I could come up with,” White continued. “I gave up guessing.”
The experience became so immersive, White said, that Sheridan actually allowed him and other cowherds to improvise the dialogue in the dorm. “We get to riff and get away from the script. He knows how to take that improvisation and shape it in the daytime and in the editing room to create the atmosphere he was writing towards.
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