Yellowstone: Who is Rip and where does Rip come from? Tragic backstory revealed


Contemporary cowboy drama Yellowstone will be airing this evening (Sunday, August 9) on the Paramount Network and Amazon Instant Video in the US. Seasons one and two of Yellowstone are available to watch on NBC’s streaming platform Peacock. Sadly, those in the UK can only watch season one which is one Channel 5’s catch-up service My5.

Where does Rip come from on Yellowstone?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from all seasons of Yellowstone

Yellowstone focuses on the fortunes of the Dutton family and their ranch, which is said to be the largest one in America.

Along with the main members of the Dutton clan, the show also includes characters such as Rip Wheeler (played by Cole Hauser) and Jimmy Hurdstrom (Jefferson White).

In recent episodes, fans have seen a softer side to Rip after Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) decided to give their romance another shot.

Beth even proposed to Rip with a ring as she tried to prove her love to him.

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Prior to this, Rip has mainly served as patriarch John Dutton’s (Kevin Costner) muscle and got things done using force.

Many have been wondering about Rip’s background and where he came from before he worked for the Duttons.

Sadly, Rip had a tragic upbringing which saw him murder his abusive step-father after he was attacking his mother.

The locals blamed the teen and branded him a “monster”, calling on John to sort out of the feral juvenile.

Along with a tricky relationship with Beth, Rip also had a complex dynamic with John’s youngest son Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes.

Speaking in a behind-the-scenes, actor Grimes explained: “Rip and Kayce, they’ve had a problem with each other growing up.”

He continued: “John took Rip in and he sort of became a father figure. The difference between the two guys is that I run away from my father whereas [he’s] always by his side.”

Grimes went on to explain this love/hate relationship between the two men, saying: “They’ve always hassled with each other.”

The American actor added: “Rip’s whole goal is what’s best for John.”

While star Hauser said: “There’s a brotherhood there but there’s some anger.”

Hauser said of Rip and Kayce’s skirmishes: “They get their a**** kicked and they get back up on their horses and they’re like, ‘I’ll get him the next day or month from now.’”

He went on to explain: “Rip resents that he’s not here for his family.”

The star said: “Rip wants Kayce to understand what he’s up against and I think what Kayce hasn’t realised is that if you’re going to come back and be a part of this family, there’s going to be a lot put on your shoulders.”

Yellowstone season 3 airs on the Paramount Network on Sundays and on Amazon Instant Video US


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