Yellowstone Season 2 wrapped on CBS with a brutal revenge scene and one giant loose end.

Episode 9 and Episode 10 of Season 2 brought the network's fall commitment to Yellowstone to an end — more on Season 3 in a moment — and viewers may argue those two episodes represent a high-water mark for the show.

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One podcast host makes the case that Yellowstone might have been better if it'd ended there.

There are spoilers in the above video and audio player, so consider watching both episodes first. Episode 9 is deliberate and emotional before Tate Dutton is kidnapped from the Dutton ranch. Episode 10 begins with a pill of anxiety that only gets more tense as the Dutton family prepares to move in on the militia that the Beck Brothers hired to take John Dutton's grandson.

Emerson Miller for Paramount Network
Emerson Miller for Paramount Network

Even if you watched Season 2 upon its original Paramount Network release, you likely didn't know that a kidnapping scene was filmed and cut. Producers ultimately felt it added more tension if omitted, marking a rare occasion when they held back on violence.

Additionally, did you know that the scene in which Kayce rescues Tate from the bathroom inside the militia man's house wasn't filmed with the rest of the episode? Billy Dukes shares more on that, including a dead giveaway that it was all shot much later.

When Will Season 3 of Yellowstone Begin on CBS?

Look for Season 3 of Yellowstone to begin on CBS on Jan. 14. It's going to be over quickly, however. Three episodes will air that night, followed by three more on Jan. 21. Then you'll get two on Jan. 28 and the finale on Monday, Jan. 29.

Don't expect to tie one of the show's great loose ends, however. At the beginning of Ep. 9 of Season 2, Kayce Dutton and Dan Jenkins' security drop a bomb in the fuel tank of Malcolm Beck's private plane, but it never goes off. In fact, that entire plot line disappears in favor of a more hand-to-hand form of combat.


This week, Adison Haager and Billy Dukes break down Ep. 9 and 10 of Season 2 of Yellowstone, as well as Part 6 of Lawmen: Bass Reeves. Listen to Dutton Rules: A Yellowstone + 1923 Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you podcast. It's also now available on YouTube.

22 'Yellowstone' Facts You Probably Didn't Know

How big of a fan of Yellowstone are you? These 22 facts about the Paramount Network show are sure to stump even the most dedicated viewers. They're almost all about the cast members and their real-life passions and roles. John's kids? Beth's accent? Rainwater's guitar playing? Tate's spoilers? It's all part of this list of 22 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Yellowstone.

PICTURES: See Inside 'Yellowstone' Star Cole Hauser's Spectacular California Ranch

Cole Hauser doesn't just play a rancher on Yellowstone, he's lived that life off-screen, too. The actor's 5-bedroom-6-bathroom, 5,402-square-foot rural home on a very private, double-gated three-acre parcel of land includes the lavish 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom main residence, as well as a guest house and a separate studio apartment. The main house runs completely on solar power and comes with a 3-car garage, with easy transitions between indoor and outdoor living spaces, and the exterior of the property includes a pool area and a hot tub, as well as fenced-in horse corrals.

Gallery Credit: Sterling Whitaker

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