Out of all the love stories in Yellowstone, it’s impossible not to fall – and root – for Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler. And if Yellowstone does anything as well as Western action – it’s a good ol’ fashioned love story.
Few conflicts stir audiences like that of a couple meant for one another. As any bonded folk will tell you, however, it’s not always easy. To this end, the magnificently complicated relationships of our favorite characters form the cornerstones of Yellowstone. And for our part, Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler‘s rocky romance is as timeless as they come.
As such, the highs and lows of Yellowstone’s love stories are sold through phenomenal performances by the actors. Cole Hauser and Kelly Reilly made us fall in love with Rip and Beth separately as the two best characters on the show. No one else does it better. But together? Their undeniable chemistry makes for the most powerful couples on television’s most celebrated drama.
While we continue to wait for more from Beth and Rip, let’s take a look back at their best moments ahead of Yellowstone Season 4.
Rip Wheeler & Beth Dutton: Love on Fire
For Rip and Beth, their love story starts before they even know what love is. Fast forward a few decades on, and the – ahem – tension – between them escalates beyond control. From there, Rip issues an invitation to a music festival. Beth, however, is quick to let Rip know he “ruins everything.”
Luckily for us fans – their relationship is uphill from here. Even if it is a very, very rocky hill.
For these two, their first “real date” revolves around getting drunk and watching wolves slaughter an elk. “I’ve done some morbid s–t on the first date, but this takes the cake, Rip,” Beth laughs.
Swept up in the moment (and Beth’s beauty), Rip tells her she hasn’t aged a day – and that she might just cheat death yet. In the one-of-a-kind drunk mind of Beth Dutton, this means prove it. And so she does – by running out into the pack of wolves.
After faking Rip out of a kiss and running for said wolves, Beth has the ranch hand’s heart in her palms once again. All of this serves to the fiery, unstable, yet undeniably pure and passionate love these two have for one another. It’s this date, after all, that sees Beth tell Rip that she loves him – in the most Beth Dutton way possible:
“It’s only the things I love that die, Rip, never me. … Come to think of it, I’m surprised you’re still standing.”
Below, Paramount features the timeless “wolf date” in their Top 3 Rip and Beth Dates, followed by that beautiful rooftop sequence, in which fans knew Rip was going to tell Beth he loved her, too. Instead, Beth gets to keep Rip playing by her rules.
“Don’t say it. It doesn’t mean anything on a roof, under stars, like a bunch of fucking hippies. You tell me… Tell me when it saves me.”
How Far Will Rip & Beth Make it?
Within the latest Season (3), Rip Wheeler and Beth Dutton finally become engaged. This is, obviously, an incredible milestone for these two hard-edged characters. It’s almost unfair to us, though – because that riveting season finale left us not knowing if Beth is going to make it into S4 alive or not.
Through all the changes they and their relationship have been through, however, Cole Hauser sees it differently. While speaking to Decider, Rip actor Hauser says “I don’t look at it like they’re changing each season. It’s more that I’m getting to know them better, understanding how they both tick and how they both need each other. It’s almost like they have two different lives. Kelly and I have been very good about just communication and making sure that we’re comfortable with where the relationship is going.”
In addition, Hauser tells Esquire that, in his mind, this all leads to Beth and Rip being together forever.
“Absolutely,” he ensures of the two making the long haul. “I think that world is starting to open up. That’s absolutely something that could happen. You’re going to see how it shakes out at the end, but… we’ll see where Taylor takes us. I don’t sit with him and say, ‘Hey, by year seven, are we here or there?’ That relationship, it could go many different ways, but I think it could go in the way of us being together. [Rip’s best case end] is with Beth, in a shack. I think they’re somewhere happy. It would be a real success story for both of them. Not just for Rip, because they’ll have each other.”
To this end, Paramount has another excellent montage dedicated to the love that is Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler, titled “A Love Story”. For anyone wishing to relive their one-of-a-kind relationship, this is a must-watch.
Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler: Relationship for the Ages
Perhaps the best montage yet comes courtesy of Peacock. Once NBC’s streaming service got ahold of Yellowstone, a whole new audience was exposed to Beth and Rip’s fiery romance. Watching these first two seasons together, it’s honestly a wonder it takes a whole additional season for these two to finally become engaged.
Case in point: for this author, the best Rip and Beth interaction from all of the first two seasons comes courtesy of Rip’s early inheritance. After saving Beth’s life and literally taking bullets for her, John Dutton steps up and rewards Rip in the most fitting way possible. Once Beth’s father shows her this reward – which comes from the heart – she cannot wait to share this with the man she loves. And it all happens through a brilliantly perfect letter John writes for Rip.
Through all this, we learn – alongside Rip – that John Dutton does fully consider him a part of the family. This is all Rip’s ever wanted. And considering Beth worships the ground her father walks on, the fact that she’s so willing to share his love with Rip just goes to show that these two were absolutely meant for one another.
The beauty of this sequence unfolds as the final part of Peacock’s “Beth & Rip Relationship Timeline”. So go on, you know you’re aching to relive it now. Give it a watch, and get swept up in the incredible lives of Beth Dutton & Rip Wheeler once more with us:
“The only reason I don’t bring up tomorrow with you Beth is because every f–king time I do, you run away. I look at every day with you as a gift. My tomorrows are, well they’re all yours. There is no word I’d rather call you.”Rip Wheeler, Yellowstone
After all is said and done, which couple reigns as your favorite on the show? Is it Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler, or does another love story, like Kayce & Monica, take it for you?