The Yellowstone season 5 episode 6 trailer teased that someone close to the Duttons was going to die, and we finally know which of the ranchers is herding cows in god’s green pastures now. Warning: spoilers ahead for those invested in the Yellowstone timeline!
It was Emmett Walsh (Buck Taylor), one of John’s (Kevin Costner) oldest friends, who has been here since the first season of the TV series who passed away while out herding cows with John and his family. But how did Emmett Walsh die in Yellowstone?
Emmett passed away peacefully in his sleep while on the trail with John and the Duttons. Eulogizing his old friend John told the group, “He just died on the trail, like every cowboy dreams it.”
It’s a sad moment for the Duttons and Emmett’s wife but a poignant one. Emmett represents the traditions of the cowboy life that the Duttons are desperately trying to cling to, and the old cowboy’s passing is indicative of the end of an era.
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