Season 4 of “Yellowstone” will feature a number of new characters, as with any television show devoted to keeping viewers interested. Some of these individuals exist to fill in the narrative and backstory of existing characters, such as Jamie Dutton’s real father, played by Will Patton, who was introduced in Season 3 of the show. Others are used to provide new obstacles, conflicts, or (actual) blood to the larger plot in other places. Such is the case with Caroline Warner, the CEO of Market Equities, who is played by none other than Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom,” “Silver Linings Playbook”).
Weaver outlines her employment as CEO of “the world’s biggest investment firm” in the Paramount Network’s “Meet the New Faces of Yellowstone.” She is the first competitor with sufficient financial resources to pose a long-term challenge to the Duttons’ and Chairman Rainwater’s (Gil Birmingham) intentions for the property that makes up and surrounds the Yellowstone Ranch. Her persona has “came to town to straighten things out,” according to Weaver, and she has “the resources to completely undermine whatever that we have tried to achieve,” according to Birmingham. What does her appearance imply for Season 4’s plot?
On Yellowstone, Jacki Weaver portrays a formidable new power.
Caroline Warner is a difficult opponent for the Duttons, and she is described by John Emmet Tracy (who plays Ellis Steele) as “a force of nature.” She combines Beth Dutton’s (Kelly Reilly) business and financial knowledge with John Dutton’s (Kevin Costner) cutthroat persistence, all while demonstrating the softer talents required to get into her opponents’ thoughts and sway their course of action. Despite Beth’s boardroom skills and John’s unwavering determination to win at all costs, no one could accuse the Duttons (with the possible exception of Luke Grimes’ Kayce, who is ruled by his father anyway) of having “people skills,” much less the ability to solve problems while remaining above board.
Warner is able to do so because of her company’s seemingly limitless and conveniently accessible riches, which neither the Duttons nor Chief Rainwater has. In terms of what this means for Season 4, it’s possible that John Dutton may face a truly worthy opponent for the first time. “She’ll shake them up,” Jacki Weaver says of her role, adding that “some pyrotechnics are coming shortly.”