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Who is John Dutton’s grandfather? A Dutton family tree theory

Who is John Dutton’s grandfather? A Dutton family tree theory

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The Dutton family tree begins to become clearer in 1923. While the Taylor Sheridan series has kept things confusing (actors throughout the Yellowstone franchise can’t even figure out how their characters are related), the shocking 1923 ending of Episode 3 seems to have settled things about the family line.

1923 Episode 3 saw the bitter end of James Badge Dale’s John Dutton, Sr., until now believed to be the great-grandfather of Kevin Costner’s John Dutton III. His death calls that into question, and Dale told TV Insider he’s as confused as we are about this, saying he has “no idea” who John, Sr. represented for John III. “If anyone finds out, they can tell me [laughs].”

“We talked about it all the time on set and couldn’t figure it out,” he said. “I know Luke Grimes [Kacey Dutton in Yellowstone], and he called me and he was like, ‘I don’t know how we’re related either.’ We tried to find out. I think Taylor probably has some more curveballs planned.”

John’s death itself was a curveball that made the narrative in Episode 1 of 1923 make sense. The second scene of the premiere of the prequel contains a tale from the grave of Elsa Dutton (Isabel May) in 1883. Her words reveal much about the fate of her two younger brothers, John and Spencer (played by Dale and Brandon Sklenar in 1923). .

Isabel May in 1883

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Elsa, John and Spencer are the children of John and Margaret Dutton (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill characters in 1883). In her 1923 narrative, Elsa said that of her parents’ three children, “Only one would live to see his own children grow up. Only one would carry the fate of this family through the Depression and every other hell the 20th century has thrown at them.”

The voiceover came as viewers saw Spencer walking through an African landscape with his hunting partners, carrying a dead lion. This was the first indication that Spencer would carry on the family name. And now that Elsa and John, Sr. are both dead, it seems even more likely.

But John’s son Jack (Darren Mann) could also continue the line. Who made John a Sr.? Here we break down the possibilities.

Who is the father of John Dutton III?

The birth of the second John Dutton could probably be seen in 1923. Initially, we theorized that after John’s death, Emma Dutton (Marley Shelton) would reveal that she was pregnant, or that we would learn that Jack is a nickname for John and Mann’s young cowboy is actually a jr.

Then we remembered one key thing: John III’s father wasn’t John, Jr. He was John II (played by Dabney Coleman in Yellowstone Season 2). A junior is named after their parent, but an “II” could be a niece/nephew, grandchild, etc. of someone in the family.

Who is John Dutton II’s father?

It is very likely that either Spencer or Jack, both of whom are currently engaged in passionate romances, will have a son and will name him John Dutton II after the late John. If Spencer is the father of John II, that would make him grandfather of John III. If Jack is the father of John II, that would make John, Sr. great-grandfather of John III.

The shooting that killed John, Sr. injured Jack and his fiancé, Elizabeth Strafford (Michelle Randolph), but it didn’t appear to be fatal (and despite his many wounds, we really doubt Harrison Ford’s Jacob Dutton will die any time soon ). but we don’t yet know if Elizabeth’s gunshot wound will affect her ability to conceive.

Helen Mirren’s Cara Dutton wrote to Spencer urging him to return to Montana from Africa after his brother’s murder. If/when he gets home, he’ll probably have his new fiancé Alexandra (Julia Schlaepfer) on his arm. Any of these marriages could result in the birth of John II.

Elsa’s narration states that it will be one of James and Margaret’s children, carrying on the family legacy through the years. While it seems highly likely that it will be Spencer now, it’s not impossible that she could have been referring to John, Sr.’s son. But given that 1923 positions Spencer as a more important figure than Jack, we’re backing Spencer as John III’s grandfather.

1923, Sundays, Paramount+

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