Yellowstone plot hole: Fans expose flaw in Jamie’s Attorney General role

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John Dutton hatched a new plan to save his ranch from Market Equities in the latest instalment of Yellowstone. Unfortunately, his idea to appoint his son Jamie as Attorney General proved to be a bust. Fans of the Paramount series may have proven the hare-brained scheme could have been avoided altogether after spotting some key oversights.

Fans have spotted a number of errors in the otherwise compelling storyline of Yellowstone’s third season following its release this summer.

After dealing with the competitive Beck Brothers, John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner) faced a powerful new rival in the latest instalment of Taylor Sheridan’s modern Western.

Rival rancher and Market Equities stock holder Roarke Morris (Josh Holloway) zeroed in on John’s land this season, as the Dutton’s grip on the coveted ranch keeps getting looser.

With the Duttons’ facing their toughest financial battle yet, John teamed with Governor Lynelle Perry (Wendy Moniz) to keep control over the Yellowstone.

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By appointing Jamie to Attorney General, John and the Governor are convinced he’ll be able to use his political sway to convince the government of Montana to refuse Market Equities’ takeover.

Meanwhile, John’s other son Kayce (Luke Grimes) steps up as Livestock Commissioner to strengthen the family hold over the business.

Unfortunately, Jamie’s influence over the government’s decisions turned out not to hold any water.

As the Dutton’s control over the property began to weaken in season three, the final nail in the coffin was hammered in when the family were targeted by a series of brutal assaults in the season finale.

However, fans have realised all this could have been avoided if John and the Governor had a better grip on the inner-workings of government.

A group of viewers recently took to Reddit to dissect the Duttons’ complex plan.

Redditor MontanaJoev posted: “If Jamie is unable to get the government to say no, as the Governor said, what was the whole point of him being named Attorney General?

“In the end, and even if Jamie hadn’t decided to side against John, what good would he have been for the ranch in this situation?”

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Jamie went through a lot this season, including his discovery of his official birth records which proved that he had, in fact, been adopted by John when his troubled parents gave him away.

His appointment as Attorney General seemed like a step up for the misguided Dutton, but his positioning as a major player in sealing the family’s control over the ranch ultimately proved pointless.

The viewer went on and suggested: “Wouldn’t it have made far more sense to keep him on as ranch council so that he could represent the ranch in court? And wouldn’t John have been able to figure that out?”

Another viewer pointed out that John’s daughter and the ranch’s banker Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) is implied to have set up a trust to give herself, Kayce and Jamie equal say over major decisions for the ranch.

Although another commenter argued John retains control as the Grantor of the Trust, others agreed showrunner Taylor Sheridan skimmed over some basic details this season.

One more viewer said: “Well from what I gather from the rest of season three Taylor didn’t do any research whatsoever.”

Filming for the fourth season is currently underway in Montana, so fans are hoping next year’s premiere will resolve the latest shocking cliffhanger and clear up their biggest issues from the previous instalment.

Yellowstone will return in 2021 on Paramount and Peacock.


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