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Jimmy Hurdstrom, the lovable cowboy played by Jefferson White in Yellowstone, has certainly been through a rollercoaster of events throughout the series. From his transformation from a ranch novice to a full-fledged cowboy, his journey has been as surprising as it is engaging.
However, there’s one particular event that’s left fans asking – what happened to Jimmy in Yellowstone, and how did he break his word?
In this guide, we take a deep dive into the dramatic twists and turns that Jimmy’s character has taken, unraveling the intricate storyline that led to his broken promise.
What Happened to Jimmy?
At the end of Season 4, Jimmy left the Dutton ranch to work at the 6666 ranch in Texas. There, he learns to rope and gets engaged to a veterinary technician named Emily, with whom he returns to Yellowstone. Jimmy is not leaving Yellowstone and is expected to be in Season 5.
Back on the Montana ranch, John Dutton gives Jimmy and his fiancee his blessing to start their new life together. And so, for the first time in years, Jimmy makes up his own mind and returns to Texas with Emily.
How Did Jimmy Break His Word?
After his first major injury from being bucked off a horse, John made a deal with Jimmy that he would pay his medical bills if Jimmy would give up rodeo. However, Jimmy’s girlfriend at the time, Mia, didn’t want Jimmy to give up competing.
Despite being nervous, Mia encourages Jimmy to get back in the saddle. Jimmy makes the choice to ride again while still recovering and finds himself with another serious injury as he falls off once again.
Despite John’s warning, he was left unconscious but fortunately didn’t stay long in the hospital.
When he returns to the ranch, John is there to greet him. While Jimmy previously gave John his word he would stop rodeo riding, he says once he recovers he will continue his newfound passion, breaking his promise.
Instead of leaving Jimmy to his own accord to navigate rodeo life, John sends him out with horse trainer Travis. This is so that Jimmy can actually learn how to be a “real cowboy.”
Who is Jimmy’s Girlfriend in Yellowstone?
While Jimmy is initially consumed by his job on the ranch, he takes an interest in girls and romance later on in the series.
Jimmy’s first girlfriend on Yellowstone was Mia, a barrel racer he meets on the rodeo circuit. However, the relationship ended when Jimmy moved to Texas, where he met his current fiancee Emily.
Jimmy’s first serious rodeo injury happened shortly after meeting Mia at the rodeo. During his time in hospital, Mia visited him frequently and helped him regain his physical and mental health.
Although the couple was going strong until the very end, we later find out that Jimmy had doubts about their relationship. “She liked the potential in me”, he told Emily on a starry night in Texas.
As mentioned earlier, Emily is a vet tech at the 6666 ranch Jimmy came to work at. The two seemed to have an instant connection and started dating shortly after their first encounter.
Hopefully, Yellowstone Season 5 will show us how married life is working out for the couple.
Is Jimmy Leaving Yellowstone?
With Jimmy leaving the Dutton Ranch, many fans were worried that Jimmy might be leaving the show. Luckily, we have a definite answer to this query that will put your mind at ease.
Rest assured that Jimmy on Yellowstone isn’t leaving the show. The actor himself has confirmed that he will be returning in Season 5 of the iconic show.
It looks like our quirky Jimmy isn’t going anywhere just yet! Yellowstone actor Jefferson White who plays Jimmy told Us Weekly, “I’m in season 5. Jimmy’s in season 5 … That’s great. I’m really looking forward to that. I didn’t know necessarily what Jimmy’s future was. I still don’t know exactly what Jimmy’s future holds.”
Many fans are also wondering whether the finale of Season 4 will be the starting point for the upcoming spin-off 6666.
When asked to share his knowledge on the matter, White revealed he is as much in the dark as everyone else.
“I think it’s very funny. People keep expecting me to know what’s going on, and nobody would tell Jimmy anything, right? Like, it feels like another way in which me and Jimmy are similar is that nobody tells me anything.”
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With Jimmy leaving Yellowstone Ranch to work at 6666 Ranch, it sets up the premise that he will be in the new show. However, there is no official confirmation if Jimmy will actually star in 6666 or not.
So far, there is very little known about the series. However, Paramount has released the first description of the spinoff:
“Founded when Comanches still ruled West Texas, no ranch in America is more steeped in the history of the West than the 6666. Still operating as it did two centuries before, and encompassing an entire county, the 6666 is where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing one does is the next thing … The 6666 is synonymous with the merciless endeavor to raise the finest horses and livestock in the world, and ultimately where world-class cowboys are born and made.”
At the beginning of Yellowstone, Jimmy has no experience as a cowboy prior to working at Yellowstone Ranch. The first time Rip puts him on a horse Jimmy is nervous as he has no idea what he is doing.
As he continues to work for the ranch, Jimmy gains more experience in the cowboy lifestyle. After his time at 6666 Ranch, Jimmy has finally become a real cowboy, with plenty of experience under his belt.
While Jimmy may have grown into a cowboy, the actor who portrays him, Jefferson White, is not a real cowboy.
Prior to Yellowstone, White did not have any experience with ranches or horses. Just like Jimmy, the cowboy way was foreign to him.
“It was a big shock man. I didn’t know that people actually wore cowboy boots…you know what I mean? People really wear them! I thought it was like a cartoon thing you know? And it’s not. People really wear those boots and those hats…I had never ridden a horse before I don’t think I had ever touched a horse before, and that also speaks to how sort of remarkable the wranglers are that work on our show because they got me trained up, the wranglers and trainers, got me trained up to ride in a matter of weeks,” said White.
Is Jimmy Related to John Dutton on Yellowstone?
Jimmy is one of those few characters in the series who receive special, almost affectionate treatment from John Dutton. As a result, some fans are wondering whether the two are actually related on the show.
Jimmy is not related to John Dutton on Yellowstone. John solely takes him on as a favor to his grandfather, who wishes to keep him out of trouble.
Before becoming a ranch hand on the Yellowstone, Jimmy’s occupation was cooking crystal meth for two drug dealers, Blake and Ray.
One night, however, John Dutton’s right hand Rip Wheeler burst into Jimmy’s home, threatening to call the authorities unless Jimmy becomes a ranch hand on the Yellowstone.
Without much hesitation, Jimmy let Rip brand him as a symbol of his commitment to the job.
Although he is not a relative of John Dutton, John feels responsible for the troubled young man, which is why he gets so many chances.