The fourth season of Paramount’s Yellowstone is now well and truly in full swing as John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner) continues to try to get to the bottom of the attacks carried out on his family in the season three finale. However, the Duttons still face a number of outside obstacles crossing their paths and in the latest instalment, one such challenge came in the form of the animal welfare protestor, Summer Higgins (Piper Perabo). However, while on paper the two looked poised to butt heads, John clearly had a soft spot for Summer – and now the actors have spoken out on what could lie ahead for the two.
John and Summer first crossed paths as she and a group of activists took a stand outside Kayce Dutton’s (Luke Grimes) livestock office.
Armed with placards and megaphones, the group accosted Kayce as he tried to get into work but in true Dutton fashion, the tempers soon rocketed.
Kayce ended up wielding his pistol into the air and the police soon arrived along with John to try and defuse the altercation, resulting in Summer being placed in handcuffs.
“You must be the big boss,” Summer taunted as John arrived on the scene, to which he quipped back: “I’m the retired big boss, you can see how that’s working out for me.”
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Summer ended up behind bars only to discover she’d been bailed out by none other than one of the leading men behind the cause she’s protesting against – John.
John admitted he “respected” Summer for standing up for what she believed in before inviting her to the Yellowstone Ranch so she had a better idea of how things are run.
What followed was a series of long-lasting gazes and personal conversations as the pair got to know one another – teeing up more to come for the pair.
And now, speaking on Paramount’s Behind the Story featurette for the episode, actor Perabo has teased things could take a romantic turn.
Hinting at the pair’s bond, Perabo continued: “I think also maybe Summer has a little bit of a cowboy fantasy…
“So there’s something there,” the Yellowstone newcomer concluded.
So will this fantasy finally come true given the pair’s first charged scenes together? It certainly seems likely given Perabo’s take on the relationship.
Add to the mix that John’s daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly) has also made clear in no uncertain terms that her father could do with a new partner, and the stage is set for romance.
It’s already a popular theory among the Yellowstone fandom, with @ericamh15 saying on Twitter: “So, I’m already shipping John & Summer #sorrynotsorry #Yellowstone #YellowstoneTV.”
@RealUncleBob added: “Are John Dutton and Summer Higgins two sides of the same coin? #yellowstonetv.”
And @Whynton_Mohorn agreed: “Why do I get the feeling Summer is gonna be John’s new love interest??? @modernwest @PiperPerabo @Yellowstone #YellowstoneTV.” (sic)
Yellowstone season 4 continues Sundays on the Paramount Network in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.