Yellowstone: Rip Always Chooses Beth Over John

Season 5 of "Yellowstone" is in an unexpected mid-season purgatory, leaving too many story strands in the Montana wind for longstanding fans.

Taylor Sheridan and the "Yellowstone" creative team will rapidly wrap up loose ends after the break.

The hit neo-Western tale is rumored to end after Season 5.

As the Dutton faction navigates Sheridan's endgame, loyalties will be tested.

Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser), Dutton Ranch bunkhouse boss and enforcer, might be tested more than most.

Rip, the fierce cowboy, has followed John Dutton (Kevin Costner)'s every command without question.

Rip is unlikely to turn on the Dutton Ranch's big boss, but if he has to pick between John and his wife, he could.

 Beth Dutton. If Sheridan achieves that, "Yellowstone"'s finale may be harder to watch than expected.