Not all superheroes wear capes; some of them wear tight jeans and a cowboy hat and go by the name Kayce Dutton. Kayce is one of the power players in Paramount’s #1 drama, Yellowstone, and he’s a character that’s as layered as the days on the Yellowstone-Dutton Ranch are long.
From losing his mother at a young age to a broken relationship with his father, John Dutton, due to choices he made with his now wife, Monica Long-Dutton, it feels like Kayce has several plates constantly spinning. If he moves too quickly one way, they’ll all come crashing down. That’s the price you pay when you take on the role of the hero, be it spoken or unspoken, and Kayce is the backbone of the entire Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. He’s the heartbeat of the series and the character we’ve never stopped rooting for.
Unlike most superheroes, Kayce doesn’t get to lay his cape down at night. In fact, when he takes off his cowboy hat at night, he keeps it close, ready to place it atop his head at a moment’s notice. He’s always prepared for battle, willing to take the next step forward and close in on the enemies that dare to threaten his beloved family.
Call him a hero or a knight in shining armor; Kayce is the man who you’d hope would show up at your door during a catastrophe or with a bottle of wine for a date night in. He can do it all, and boy, does he do it well.
In an ode to Kayce Dutton, here are some of his best leading man moments.
He makes a habit of fixing problems
If there’s a problem to fix, Kayce is the man for the job — and we’re not saying that ironically. He wears many hats, though the cowboy is the one we’re most partial to, and fixes broken things along the way. If someone is having a problem with their neighbor, Kayce is the one to answer the call. When someone is breaking and entering, Kayce will show up, ready to take on the bad guy.
In the scene above, Kayce went to handle a situation for a family friend, and from the moment he arrived, he knew it would be one of those days. It didn’t discourage Kayce from helping; on the contrary, it helped him realize how much his assistance was needed. While his methods are unconventional, they certainly get the point across.
When a person is willing to put it all on the line to help someone else, even when that means sacrificing their own peace and sanity, that is quite heroic in our book. Kayce might be exhausted at the end of the day, but his selflessness never goes unnoticed.
That conversation with Avery
While Monica is certainly not a fan of Kayce saying anything to Avery, there was a moment he shared with her that showed who he is as a man. It became more evident to him in their continued interaction that Avery was developing (or re-developing) feelings for him, even though he is married with a child. Avery’s feelings for Kayce are strong, and while we can’t blame her, they’re not the kind of feelings she should be harboring.
Kayce was trying to get the point across without being too stern, and the way he did it was a layered response. When Avery asked him if he believed in love at first sight, he said it was something he experienced with his wife, Monica. Avery said it was just her luck that it would happen that way because that’s how she felt when she first saw Kayce. With a look of thoughtfulness, he told her that it couldn’t be love because “God wouldn’t let you love something that can’t love you back.”
When Avery disagrees, Kayce looks at her for a moment, knowing that the words he’s saying to her cause her pain, and you can tell he wants to help her through it, but he also knows that his wife wouldn’t be on board with the extended hand of kindness.
In a sticky situation, Kayce remains faithful to his wife while trying to let Avery down easily. The “love triangle” of sorts isn’t something that slipped past fans, and while he’s a gentleman about the situation, we’re sure we’ll see more of it when season 5 rolls around.