Yellowstone season 4: Carters future as a cowboy ‘sealed’ as Cole Hauser drops big clue?

Yellowstone cast discussing Lloyd's attack on Walker

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Carter (played by Finn Little) has been one of Yellowstone’s most popular and talked about newcomers since being introduced in season four of the Paramount drama. Desperately seeking a family in the form of Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser), Carter’s not exactly had the smoothest of welcomes on the Yellowstone Ranch. And, heading into the tail-end of the season, the dysfunctional family unit is far from solidified – although a huge clue from Rip star Hauser could hint Carter won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

To recap, Carter and Beth first crossed paths as he tended to his dying father in the hospital and the no-nonsense Dutton recovered for the explosive attack of the season three finale.

After his father died, Carter was caught making trouble by the local police and, with no family left, informed them his only guardian was Beth.

Beth’s desire for a family and children of her own had been scuppered following an off-the-books abortion when she was a teen – for which she blames Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) – so she spotted the chance to show off her motherly instincts by taking the youngster in.

Carter has tried to show his worth to John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his newfound guardians by getting his hands dirty on the ranch but Beth has also found his behaviour testing on more than one occasion.

Rip’s remained unconvinced by the idea of taking on Carter with Beth from the get-go and a disastrous shopping trip almost left the youngster with nowhere to turn.

However, Carter managed to convince Beth to give him another shot on the ranch and earlier in season four, Yellowstone fans got to see him work closely with Lloyd (Forrie J Smith) to learn the ropes.

Lloyd himself has faced difficulties of his own of late as his feud with fellow rancher Walker (Ryan Bingham) hit boiling point, resulting in a stabbing, a smashed-up guitar and a final face-off in the ring. 

Discussing this working relationship between Lloyd and Carter as well as the youngster’s future on the ranch on Paramount’s Behind the Story feature on YouTube, the stars dropped a number of clues that – despite Rip’s hesitations – Carter’s in it for the long haul.

Little said of his character’s interactions with Lloyd: “It was really cool working with Forrie because he had experience working on the ranch.”

“He brings Lloyd some joy,” Smith weighed in, hinting the pair’s friendship looks set to continue.

But it’s Hauser’s quotes that are arguably the biggest clue yet that Carter has a future as a cowboy with the Duttons.

The Rip star commented: “What’s great about the consistency of what Taylor (Sheridan) [showrunner] writes for these characters that do come on to be cowboys is he has to work.”

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So with Hauser all but confirming showrunner Sheridan is writing material to lead to Carter eventually joining the bunkhouse as a cowboy one day, it looks like Beth may get her family unit after all.

Smith also drew comparisons with young cowboy Jimmy (Jeffrey Hurdstrom) and the time in season one he was introduced to life on the ranch.

“He’s not quite the crushed soul that Jiimmy was when he came,” Smith said. “He’s more of an innocent open slate.”

So with two of the show’s biggest stars tipping Carter for a life as a cowboy, it seems the future looks bright for the youngster.

However, fans will know everything can change in the blink of an eye when it comes to Yellowstone. 

And with just three episodes to go as John continues to try and seek vengeance for the season three attacks, it’s unlikely everyone will make it to the end of the finale alive.

Elsewhere, the issue of Jimmy’s future at the Texan 6666 Ranch remains up in the air, Jamie faces his own family problems and the possibility of John and Summer’s romance all need to be addressed.

Yellowstone season 4 airs Sundays on the Paramount Network in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.

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