Not unlike his fellow Duttons, Kayce hasn’t lived the easiest life. Not only did he witness his mother, Evelyn (Gretchen Mol), die right in front of him when he was merely a child, but he later became a United States Navy SEAL and committed acts that haunt him to this day. Thus, try as he might to contain it, he has exhibited signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder now and again, which has sometimes made it difficult for him to carry out his duties on the ranch. This has led Luke Grimes to compare his “Yellowstone” character to Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) from the “Godfather” film series.
During Deadline’s Contenders TV event, Grimes mentioned that even dating back to “Yellowstone” Season 1, Taylor Sheridan drew parallels between Michael Corleone — a World War II veteran and heir to the Corleone crime family whose experiences on the battlefield changed him forever — and Kayce Dutton. As Grimes explained on the panel, they’re both caught in a tug-of-war between their own personal issues and the family legacy it’s expected they’ll someday carry on. At the same time, the actor couldn’t divulge where Kayce’s story will go next, noting that he’s awaiting the chance to read the Season 5 script.
As “Yellowstone” continues, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Kayce Dutton will stay on his Michael Corleone-esque path or if he’ll go in another, more unexpected direction.