‘Yellowstone’: Inside a Pair of Fights and the Tragic Flashback in a Volatile Episode 3

IndieWire | 7/11/2018 | Staff
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Kevin Costner’s John Dutton is the patriarch of “Yellowstone,” but it took until the third episode of the new Paramount Network series for audiences to get a glimpse of the mother.

Introducing Evelyn Dutton (played by Gretchen Mol) via flashback, in the final moments before a fatal riding accident, reframes a lot of what the audience understood about the Dutton family. Series writer/director Taylor Sheridan told IndieWire that picking this specific introduction was a choice made mostly on instinct.

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“It’s hard to say. It’s not an intellectual decision. It’s a feel. It felt like the right time,” Sheridan said. “It felt like we need to understand the loss that the family had suffered before you see the things that unfold. And so it just felt right. I wanted us to know the characters a bit and be curious about the decisions that they were making.”

Back in the show’s present, the character most shaken by her mother’s death (Beth, played by Kelly Reilly) continues to deal with the psychological ripples of that fateful horseback ride. Much like Beth was plunged into the deep end of adulthood, Reilly’s first experience in character was a surprising plunge itself.

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“My first day of filming was on day two of the shoot and it was the scene in the bathtub. So I was like, ‘OK. Thanks. Good. Nice to meet you.’ There’s no warming into it.”

More than bathing in an outdoor trough, the specificity of emotions was what presented the biggest challenge, particularly when they came with Sheridan’s specific expectations.

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“There’s an adrenaline about the show for me. There’s no just sitting around talking. Everything counts. You have to be prepared,” Reilly said. “Some of my lines are really hard to say. [Taylor] would just be ‘Quicker, quicker, quicker, quicker, quicker.’ Like, she is just effortless. She’s an assassin....
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