What Yellowstone fans still don't understand about Rip
As the hit western drama Yellowstone continues to grow, so does its dedicated fan base.
The series has a loyal fan base online, where fans can discuss everything from their opinions on the most controversial characters, to predictions for upcoming prequels and spin-offs.
Plus, "Yellowstone" fans often discuss their favorite characters, and rancher Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) is a popular response. Many viewers love his tough-as-nails attitude and relentless dedication to his job, even if it means getting blood on his hands or branding new hires.
A member of Yellowstone Ranch for years, Rip has a complicated relationship with the Dutton family.
He had a heartbreaking journey back to what Cowboys fans know and love. But, as the show progressed, his once-admirable brutal behavior angered some fans. Season 4 in particular caused confusion among many fans.
Here's what some fans still don't understand about Rip Wheeler.
Not all Yellowstone fans like Rip’s attitude
On the Yellowstone subreddit, u/Middle_Presence3965 started a thread titled "I'm the only one who can't stand Rip??" They went on to say that his constant mistreatment of everyone on the ranch in Season 4 is disheartening, especially newcomer Carter (Finn Little), who also bears the weight of childhood trauma.
Many Rip loyalists have pointed out that his abusive upbringing is not necessarily an excuse, but an explanation for his aggression. Others agreed that while they once loved the character, he’s going down a concerning path.. "I feel he really needs a true, hardcore reality check to turn his a** around and make him see what a d*** he’s become," said u/7ruby18.
Some have admitted that many of the characters in "Yellowstone" are deliberately hated. "I think the writers saw the love affair the audience had for this character as a good guy and are reminding (them) that he’s not," suggested u/bigtankbaybay.
Fans also agreed that Rip’s relationship with the equally ruthless Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) only fueled his intense behavior. "I'm sure they both love the power they hold and love to bully those they believe are below them," the OP said.
Despite the criticism, "Yellowstone" fans continue to hope he can right his wrongs.