Although he may not be the most neglected member of the Dutton family (considering the forgotten Dutton sibling who has hardly been mentioned since their death in Season 1), it’s safe to say that Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley ) is the black sheep of the series. The adoptive son of John and Evelyn Dutton (played by Kevin Costner and Gretchen Mol, respectively), Jamie was raised on the Dutton ranch after his birth father, Garrett Randall (Will Patton), was sentenced to thirty years in prison for the murder of Jamie’s mother
Despite taking Jamie in, it’s been clear from the first episode that there is a rift between him and the rest of the Duttons, which has grown stronger with each passing season. The divide between Jamie and his adoptive siblings recently reached a breaking point when Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) caught Jamie disposing of his father’s body and blackmailed him with incriminating photos. The midseason finale of “Yellowstone” Season 5 makes it seem like Beth and Jamie are hurtling towards a confrontation that will leave one of them dead, which will surely shatter the Dutton clan forever.
Regardless of where this storyline goes, fans online have made one thing clear: they are sick and tired of Jamie’s repetitive behavior and the fact that he never seems to learn his lesson after butting heads with the Duttons and failing miserably.
Fans say Jamie’s storylines always end the same, and he never learns or changes
Even though Jamie Dutton’s growing feud with Beth seems like the most crucial plot point of the entire fifth season, many fans online are getting fed up with Jamie’s story as a whole – since he is continually outsmarted and manipulated by those around him and never learns enough to succeed the next time.
“Jamie never grows. He never learns. He never gets smarter, or probably a better word is wiser. He’s on a hamster wheel of a character arc,” explained u/MontanaJev on Reddit. “I went from rooting for him to wanting him to die already. Not because I’m rooting for Beth or John, but because it’s so exhausting watching this character punch himself in his own nuts over and over again.”
As pointed out by u/TheAlmightyZach, Jamie has plotted against his family on numerous occasions before this (often with good reason). Still, for some reason, his plans always seem to fail, and he simply repeats the cycle without using any of the knowledge he gained from the last attempt. Indeed, the only reason that Jamie and Beth are currently fighting is that Jamie was (justifiably) critical of John’s recent actions as the Governor of Montana – echoing his previous issues with how John has run the ranch. Unless this storyline ends with Jamie making his way to the Dutton’s “Train Station,” one can only assume it will play out just like the rest of his schemes: Jamie fails and lives to seek revenge another day.