Yellowstone Cast: Full Character Review For Season 5

Need a refresher for Yellowstone‘s huge cast during the monster, 14-episode Season 5? Outsider’s got you covered with our full character review. Let’s start with the basics:

The Yellowstone Dutton Ranch Family

John Dutton (Kevin Costner)
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Yellowstone premiere recap: Big trouble in big sky country
A family tragedy, fresh foes, and fearsome wolves saddle the Dutton clan with more trouble in season 5 opener.

Yellowstone’s two-episode premiere picks up approximately nine months following season 4’s conclusion. We know this because Monica (Kelsey Asbille,) revealed to be pregnant late last season, is now about three weeks from her due date.

During that stretch, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) has also run a successful political campaign. In fact, the first episode opens on election night, with him receiving a congratulatory/concession call from the competition. Accompanied by his predecessor/love interest Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz) – who’s also won her senatorial bid – John delivers a no-nonsense victory speech, essentially promising to halt progress. As Governor, he wants Montana — and especially his coveted ranch — to remain unmolested by greedy corporate outsiders and tourists that treat his home state like a playground.

During the address, his Attorney General son Jamie (Wes Bentley) still seems bruised over not being nominated for the seat, while daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly) simultaneously gloats over the win and glares at her despised brother. Meanwhile, Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) catches the speech from his casino, where he warns Mo (Moses Brings Plenty) that Dutton’s new position will likely benefit the land but not their business endeavors.

But the Broken Rock Reservation leader’s reaction is measured in comparison to Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver). Fearing that the Governor will shut down plans to build an airport and ski resort on her land, the CEO of Market Equities – who memorably promised to turn Beth’s house into a toilet last season – throws a drink at her.. .and threw a few F-bombs. But his sleazy colleague Alice Steele notices Jamie’s obvious sadness, and immediately wonders how they can take advantage of this weakness. The answer, apparently, is calling the big guys, specifically a woman named Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri).

Next, we go back to the journey of Beth and Rip (Cole Hauser) through their tumultuous, teenage courtship. To make a long story short, the rich daddy’s girl clearly likes the rough farm guy, but takes every opportunity to belittle, humiliate, and embarrass him during their first date. She wakes up filled with guilt and apologies in her current home with Rip, now her husband. He promises her to let it all go, find some happiness, and find a new nemesis to vent his negative energy on.

Role: Series Lead
Status: Living (60s)
Occupation: Governor of Montana, ranch owner
Description: The 5th generation owner of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch and now Governor of Montana, John Dutton III fiercely protects his family tree and their legacy. His living children are Beth, Kayce, and Jamie (adopted). Both his wife, Evelyn, and eldest son, Lee, are deceased, kicking off the main events of the show as John struggles to prepare his children to inherit their massive ranch – and protect it from countless threats. His latest method of accomplishing this is reluctantly securing the Montana Governor seat.
Josh Lucas also plays the character during flashbacks to the 90s
For a full breakdown of John’s legacy, see our The Dutton Family Tree: From ‘1883’ to ‘1923’ to ‘Yellowstone’.

Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly)

Role: Series Lead
Status: Living (38)
Occupation: Financier, Governor’s Chief of Staff
Description: The only daughter of John Dutton, Beth is fiercely loyal to her father and an incredibly skillful businesswoman. She’ll do anything to protect their ranch for him while he’s alive, including framing her brother, Jamie, for murder. She finally married the love of her life, Rip Wheeler, whilst caught in a financial war with Market Equities. Now, she’s taking on a position in her father’s gubernatorial cabinet as his Chief of Staff while continuing to get into all sorts of trouble.
Kylie Rogers also plays the character during flashbacks to the 90s

Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes)

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ole: Series Lead
Status: Living (32)
Occupation: Livestock Commissioner, NAVY SEAL Veteran
Description: The youngest son of John Dutton, Kayce is poised to inherit the family ranch but cannot make up his mind whether he intends to do so or not. He currently lives on a small ranch with his wife, Monica, and their son, Tate, to escape the dangers of protecting the ranch. Given a vision quest by Monica’s Broken Rock Tribe, Kayce emerged to tell her he “saw the end of us.” Kayce and Monica lost their second-born son, John Dutton IV, an hour after his birth. He also wears the Y Brand.
Rhys Alterman also plays the character during flashbacks to the 90s

Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley)

Role: Series Lead
Status: Living (40)
Occupation: Montana Attorney General
Description: The eldest living son of John Dutton, Jamie was adopted as an infant and didn’t find this out until well into his adulthood/political career. This led to Jamie ostracizing himself from his Dutton family and taking in his biological father, convicted murderer Garrett Randall. After being manipulated by both sides, Jamie shot Randall in the head, then took his body to the ‘Train Station’ to dump it off a cliff. But his sister, Beth, was there to frame him by taking photos to use as blackmail; bringing Jamie back under the thumb of the Duttons for Season 5 – something he pushes against by associating with Market Equities’ Sarah Atwood. Jamie also has a son, a baby boy, with his former colleague Christina.
Dalton Baker also plays the character during flashbacks to the 90s

Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser)

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Role: Series Lead
Status: Living (40s)
Occupation: Ranch foreman
Description: Married to Beth Dutton, Rip is now the son-in-law of John Dutton after years of loyal service and unquestioning loyalty. Rip was taken in by John as a feeling teenage orphan after killing his murderous father to escape the same fate as his mother and little brother. Now, he mentors a young orphan, Carter, on the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch himself as he continues to oversee its duties and bunkhouse. Rip wears the Y Brand.
Kyle Red Silverstein also plays the character during flashbacks to the 90s

Monica Dutton (Kelsey Asbille)

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Role: Series Lead
Status: Living (29)
Occupation: Teacher/Professor
Description: Monica is of Indigenous Broken Rock Tribe heritage. She has a son with Kayce Dutton, Tate. Monica has taken on various teaching roles, including teaching history at a local Montana university, which has led to activism roles in her community. Currently, she lives on a small private ranch with Kayce and Tate, yet seeks solace in her Dutton kin after the death of her second son, John Dutton IV, an hour after his birth.

Tate Dutton (Brecken Merrill)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (teenager)
Occupation: N/A
Description: The son of Kayce and Monica Dutton, Tate is of Indigenous Broken Rock and Dutton settler heritage. He is the only seventh generation Dutton by blood once again after the death of his hour-old baby brother, John Dutton IV. Tate stands to inherit the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch one day.

Yellowstone Ranch Supporting Cast
Jimmy Hurdstrom (Jefferson White)

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Role: Series Lead
Status: Living (30s)
Occupation: 6666 Ranch hand
Description: Jimmy was pulled from the depths of drug addiction into becoming a Yellowstone ranch hand by way of the Brand as a favor to his grandfather (an old friend of John Dutton’s). After breaking his word to John, Jimmy was sent to become a ranch hand on Texas’ 6666 ranch as a “last chance.” He now works there permanently with his finace, Emily. Jimmy wears the Y Brand.
Lloyd Pierce (Forrie J. Smith)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (60s)
Occupation: Lead Yellowstone ranch hand
Description: Lloyd goes back decades with the Yellowstone ranch, and has served as a mentor to Rip, Jimmy, and now Carter. An old rodeo champion, he is as loyal to this way of life and the Dutton family as they come. Lloyd wears the Y Brand.
Forrest Smith plays a younger version of the character in 90s flashbacks.

Carter (Finn Little)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (teenager)
Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
Description: An orphan of drug addicts, Carter was taken in by Beth Dutton after they witnessed his father die together in the hospital. Both Beth and Rip see him as a loose surrogate son, though neither allows him to call them mother or father. He’s been thrust into the world of ranching as his last ditch effort to stay off the streets, much like Rip before him.

Ryan (Ian Bohen)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (40s)
Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
Description: A loyal ranch hand and sometimes enforcer, Ryan is a skilled horseman and is with the Yellowstone Ranch for life as a branded man (Ryan wears the Y Brand).

Colby (Denim Richards)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (30s)
Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
Description: A loyal ranch hand and sometimes enforcer, Colby is a skilled horseman and is with the Yellowstone Ranch for life as a branded man (Colby wears the Y Brand). He is in a loose relationship with fellow ranch hand Teeter.

Teeter (Jen Landon)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (30s)
Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
Description: A latecomer to the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, Teeter has proven her loyalty and work ethic multiple times over. She now wears the Y Brand as both a rancher and enforcer. Teeter is in a loose relationship with fellow ranch hand Colby.

Walker (Ryan Bingham)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (40s)
Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
Description: A musician and felon, Walker returned to a life of ranching after Rip pulled him from the local prison gates. He has since made enemies and friends of Lloyd and the bunkhouse, only to be blackmailed into receiving the Y Brand by Rip. He believes the Yellowstone to be an evil place, and will do whatever he can to escape his branded fate. It is rumored he will do so by joining Jimmy on the 6666 Ranch in Texas.

Emily (Kathryn Kelly)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (30s)
Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
Description: Emily is a vet tech for the 6666 Ranch in Texas when she meets displaced Yellowstone ranch hand Jimmy Hurdstrom. The two quickly fall in love, becoming engaged within a matter of weeks. Together, they travel back and forth from Texas and Montana as their relationship grows.
‘Yellowstone’ Ranchers Cont’d

Rowdy (Kai Caster)

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  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (20s in flashbacks)
  • Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
  • Description: A ranch hand for John Dutton in the 90s, Rowdy is initially a friend to young Rip Wheeler before becoming a competitor for a young Beth Dutton’s affection.

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Eden Brolin plays Mia, a Yellowstone bunker who’s previous relationship with Jimmy has come to an end. It is unknown how she will factor into Season 5. Her best friend, Laramie, is played by Hassie Harrison. Laramie has had relationships with both Lloyd and Walker, but her role in Season 5 is also unknown. Both hold recurring roles on the show.

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Jake Ream and Ethan Lee play Jake and Ethan respectively on Yellowstone, and are both loyal ranch hands that have been around since Season 1. Neither is known to wear the Y Brand, however. Both hold recurring roles on the show.

Travis (Taylor Sheridan)

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  • Role: Guest Star
  • Status: Living (50s)
  • Occupation: 6666 horsemaster, breeder, trainer
  • Description: A business acquaintance of John Dutton, Travis hails fromt he 6666 ranch in Texas. He is a master trainer, breeder, and showman who sells horses to the Yellowstone. He also takes Jimmy down to begin a new life on his Texas ranch.

‘Yellowstone’ Friends & Foes

Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (60s)
Occupation: Chief, Broken Rock Reservation
Description: Thomas Rainwater is the stalwart Chief of the Broken Rock Tribe & Reservation. He is a skilled businessman and politician who’s ancestral land was settled by the Duttons. He aims to take it back, but remains an honorable man in his pursuit. Currently, he finds himself at odds with Market Equities and in a loose alliance with John Dutton.

Mo (Moses Brings Plenty)

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  • Role: Series Regular
  • Status: Living (50s)
  • Occupation: Rancher
  • Description: The right hand man of Chief Rainwater and Broken Rock enforcer, Mo is an honorable but lethal marksman and rancher. He is a part of the loose alliance with John Dutton to ensure Market Equities is unable to seize his ancestral land from the Duttons.

Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz)

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  • Role: Series Regular
  • Status: Living (50s)
  • Occupation: Former Governor of Montana
  • Description: After a lucrative role as governor, Lynelle announced her intention to run for one of the two Montana Senator seats. She is a longtime love interest of John Dutton and the two remain close friends and allies. She supported John in his ascent to become the next Governor of Montana, and continues to do so while he’s in office.

Clara Brewer (Lilli Kay)

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Role: Series Regular
Status: Living (30s)
Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
Description: A latecomer to the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, Teeter has proven her loyalty and work ethic multiple times over. She now wears the Y Brand as both a rancher and enforcer. Teeter is in a loose relationship with fellow ranch hand Colby.

Walker (Ryan Bingham)

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  • Role: Series Regular
  • Status: Living (40s)
  • Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
  • Description: A musician and felon, Walker returned to a life of ranching after Rip pulled him from the local prison gates. He has since made enemies and friends of Lloyd and the bunkhouse, only to be blackmailed into receiving the Y Brand by Rip. He believes the Yellowstone to be an evil place, and will do whatever he can to escape his branded fate. It is rumored he will do so by joining Jimmy on the 6666 Ranch in Texas.

Emily (Kathryn Kelly)

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  • Role: Series Regular
  • Status: Living (30s)
  • Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
  • Description: Emily is a vet tech for the 6666 Ranch in Texas when she meets displaced Yellowstone ranch hand Jimmy Hurdstrom. The two quickly fall in love, becoming engaged within a matter of weeks. Together, they travel back and forth from Texas and Montana as their relationship grows.

‘Yellowstone’ Ranchers Cont’d

Rowdy (Kai Caster)

  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (20s in flashbacks)
  • Occupation: Yellowstone ranch hand
  • Description: A ranch hand for John Dutton in the 90s, Rowdy is initially a friend to young Rip Wheeler before becoming a competitor for a young Beth Dutton’s affection.

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Eden Brolin plays Mia, a Yellowstone bunker who’s previous relationship with Jimmy has come to an end. It is unknown how she will factor into Season 5. Her best friend, Laramie, is played by Hassie Harrison. Laramie has had relationships with both Lloyd and Walker, but her role in Season 5 is also unknown. Both hold recurring roles on the show.

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Jake Ream and Ethan Lee play Jake and Ethan respectively on Yellowstone, and are both loyal ranch hands that have been around since Season 1. Neither is known to wear the Y Brand, however. Both hold recurring roles on the show.

Travis (Taylor Sheridan)

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  • Role: Guest Star
  • Status: Living (50s)
  • Occupation: 6666 horsemaster, breeder, trainer
  • Description: A business acquaintance of John Dutton, Travis hails fromt he 6666 ranch in Texas. He is a master trainer, breeder, and showman who sells horses to the Yellowstone. He also takes Jimmy down to begin a new life on his Texas ranch.

‘Yellowstone’ Friends & Foes

Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham)

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  • Role: Series Regular
  • Status: Living (60s)
  • Occupation: Chief, Broken Rock Reservation
  • Description: Thomas Rainwater is the stalwart Chief of the Broken Rock Tribe & Reservation. He is a skilled businessman and politician who’s ancestral land was settled by the Duttons. He aims to take it back, but remains an honorable man in his pursuit. Currently, he finds himself at odds with Market Equities and in a loose alliance with John Dutton.

Mo (Moses Brings Plenty)

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  • Role: Series Regular
  • Status: Living (50s)
  • Occupation: Rancher
  • Description: The right hand man of Chief Rainwater and Broken Rock enforcer, Mo is an honorable but lethal marksman and rancher. He is a part of the loose alliance with John Dutton to ensure Market Equities is unable to seize his ancestral land from the Duttons.

Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz)

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  • Role: Series Regular
  • Status: Living (50s)
  • Occupation: Former Governor of Montana
  • Description: After a lucrative role as governor, Lynelle announced her intention to run for one of the two Montana Senator seats. She is a longtime love interest of John Dutton and the two remain close friends and allies. She supported John in his ascent to become the next Governor of Montana, and continues to do so while he’s in office.

Clara Brewer (Lilli Kay)

  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (20s)
  • Occupation: Assistant to Governor of Montana, John Dutton
  • Description: A Miles City, Montana native, Clara is the assistant to Montana Governor John Dutton. She’s a steady and supportive presence in his life, helping him navigate his new political world. She’s also a skilled rider in her own right, and spends ample time on the Yellowstone ranch as a result.

Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver)

  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (70s)
  • Occupation: CEO, Market Equities
  • Description: A fierce and highly-skilled businesswoman, Caroline Warner aims to take the Duttons’ land from them at any cost. She is currently locked in a hard financial-turned-personal battle with Beth, who she promises to send to jail. Once she fails, however, Market Equities asks her back to NYC as to not waste more resources on Beth.

Ellis Steele (John Emmet Tracy)

  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (50s)
  • Occupation: Real Estate Representative, Lawyer for Market Equities
  • Description: The right hand man of Caroline Warner, Ellis is a real estate representative for their Market Equities who is proving vital in their battle with the Duttons over Yellowstone Ranch land. With Caroline sent packing to NYC, Ellis is the highest-ranking ME official left in Season 5.

Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo)

  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (40s)
  • Occupation: Environmental Activist
  • Description: Summer Higgins arrived in Montana to protest the work of ranchers, including the Duttons, landing her in jail. But after John releases her from jail, an unlikely romance and friendship buds that leads into Season 5 as John swears to help free her from a severe court sentencing. He does so early on in Season 5, then commutes her sentence to the ranch under ‘house arrest.’

Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri)

  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (40s)
  • Occupation: Market Equities Representative
  • Description: Sarah Atwood was called into Montana by Caroline Warner to wreak havoc on the Duttons for Market Equities. Her main line of attack has been manipulating Jamie Dutton into further betraying his family, specifically through a physical relationship. (*Olivieri also played Claire in prequel 1883 (above), but the two characters are unrelated.)

Angela Blue Thunder (Q’orianka Kilcher)

  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (30s)
  • Occupation: Tribal Lawyer, Broken Rock Reservation
  • Description: A skilled lawyer employed by both Broken Rock and the Duttons at one time, Angela returns in Season 5 as the battle over Yellowstone land intensifies. Her goal this time around is to remove Thomas Rainwater from power and take their Brocken Rock kin in a new, more “powerful” direction.

Bill Ramsay (Rob Kirkland)

  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (40s)
  • Occupation: Sheriff
  • Description: A Montana lawman, Bill Ramsay has a long history with the Duttons. The former Watch Commander has been promoted to Sheriff ahead of Season 5, and doesn’t plan to go easy on John Dutton as his late predecessor, Sheriff Haskell (Hugh Dillon), did. He starts by putting Beth Dutton in jail.

Avery (Tanya Beatty)

  • Role: Series Recurring
  • Status: Living (30s)
  • Occupation: Rancher
  • Description: Formerly a stripper, Rip Wheeler recruited Avery to return to ranching on the Yellowstone. There, she fell for Kayce Dutton, who was already married to Monica. After leaving the ranch to return to her native Broken Rock Reservation, Avery re-entered Kayce’s life in Season 4, and chances are she’ll appear in Season 5 again as he anticipates “the end” of his family.

That’s it for the main cast of Yellowstone! To catch up on new characters added to the show, be sure to see our ‘Yellowstone’ Season 5: Everything We Know About New Cast & Returning Characters next.

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