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  • - Someday this planet's gonna shake your world

  • off its back like dirty water.

  • - I wish I could tell you how to fight them.

  • - If anyone knew how to fight them,

  • there'd be no such thing as reservations.

  • (low boom)

  • Our antagonists this season are very malicious.

  • These forces have unlimited resources.

  • - And they're gonna come out swinging.

  • - Yeah, well, that's just life in the Serengeti, I guess.

  • - Legislatively, financially, and their outreach

  • is unlimited as well.

  • They got the powers.

  • - There are just forces coming for us

  • that have legal backups, and political backups.

  • You can't ignore it, and you can't just

  • kinda close the gate.

  • - I can see why this is the dream they wanna sell.

  • - Yeah, but you can't sell this.

  • You gotta earn it.

  • You gotta live it, and that's what they'll never understand.

  • - In real life, there are some issues

  • that have evolved.

  • We've had our lands taken from us,

  • and leased out to non-native people.

  • That's an issue that's still occurring today.

  • - It forces possible alliances, especially for Rainwater.

  • - There is no protection from me, Tom.

  • - Angela Blue Thunder is a force of nature.

  • - Born of the water and the sage was a great introduction.

  • - You know what they say about making deals with the devil.

  • - Mo is not too sure how to take this new ball of energy

  • that is now filling the room.

  • - She comes from the res, she's definitely had

  • not a very easy life.

  • Sometimes you're dealt cards in life,

  • and you're not in charge of the cards you've been dealt.

  • But what you can do is learn to become a better card player.

  • - She's quite the counterpart to Beth Dutton,

  • and she's been exposed to the world in such a way

  • that morality can be a hindrance

  • if you wanna get things done.

  • I mean, she makes reference to Rainwater being

  • somewhat ineffective because that's the thing

  • that's holding him back.

  • It's not holding back the other side.

  • She's just angry and trying to punish the world

  • for everything it did to her.

  • - Angela Blue Thunder speaks some really strong truth,

  • and it's beautiful to see more roles being written

  • that represent strong indigenous women like this.

  • - It is definitely very helpful to bring awareness

  • to again, these issues not just being of the past,

  • but still occurring today.

  • - Lot of young people within our communities,

  • within our native communities, to be able to look up to,

  • and be like, "Hey, that could be me.

  • "I can turn things around in my community if I want to."

  • - It's such a wonderful setup because Mo represents

  • honor, integrity; Angela represents win at all costs.

  • And somewhere between there I have to decide

  • how to balance those two given how things are evolving.

  • But it will always be a difficult thing with Rainwater

  • because he has adopted, very much, the value of life,

  • of all life, and every time somebody ends up dead,

  • it makes him question whether the cost

  • of what he wants to accomplish is worth the goal.

  • The people would never forgive me,

  • but I'm gonna do it anyway.

  • (ominous music)

  • - I read the script.

  • I didn't know if I was dead or not.

  • I truly, nobody tells you.

  • I was calling everybody.

  • - Every road from the rodeo leads right here.

  • - It's amazing the gift that John gives to Jimmy,

  • especially for Jimmy to have this figure

  • who like shows that he cares in such a sort of finite way

  • to the tune of like 200 grand.

  • Like, that's an amount of money that would put Jimmy in debt

  • for the rest of his life.

  • - Hospital bill's not a concern.

  • But you gotta make me a promise.

  • - But it also, it does come with a caveat, right?

  • He says, "I saved your life, here's how you have to

  • "live your life going forward."

  • In some way, with that money, he is buying Jimmy's loyalty.

  • - No more rodeo.

  • - And that's where the conflict arises

  • between this new life that Jimmy sees for himself with Mia,

  • and this life that he's signed up to,

  • like irrevocably, he took the brand.

  • Ow.

  • He signed up to live on this ranch

  • for the rest of his life, and to sort of follow

  • John Dutton's orders.

  • With those hospital bills, Jimmy is pushed

  • that much further into that sort of system

  • of Western justice, into that black and white

  • system of justice.

  • - Learn to rope, Jimmy.

  • I'm not paying for this shit twice.

  • - And at that same time, he's sort of seeing

  • this other world of possibility with Mia.

  • So I think it's very complicated for him.

  • - He's an incredible guy.

  • You're curious about why people decide

  • to move into something so quickly,

  • or why certain people follow their hearts so,

  • sort of like fervently.

  • - I think that also attests to the strength

  • of that sort of immediate connection

  • between Jimmy and Mia, and I think it also

  • attests to the sort of lure of this other life.

  • Like Jimmy, for the first time in his life,

  • being proud of who he is, and being able to clearly see

  • somebody else, too.

  • - You still here?

  • - Through thick and thin.

  • It is a really cool and special dynamic

  • between the two of them, because I think they're

  • so different, but they have kind of perfect same pages.

  • Their books are different, but they have very similar pages

  • throughout the book.

  • - Once he finds this family and this sense of security,

  • I think that's when he really comes to life,

  • and his relationship with Mia represents that.

  • It represents him seeing himself as a person

  • with inherent value, like all people have,

  • and he sees Mia, I think,

  • as a full, entire, complete person.

  • - It's just a really beautiful thing

  • that sort of flourishes between them.

  • You are.

  • - I didn't think Jimmy was a virgin.

  • That was some dramaturgy that caught up with me

  • a little later.

  • So when I learned that, we had to go and reshoot

  • a ton of stuff from episodes 301, 302, and 303.

  • Rodeo is like a real, community-driven sport.

  • So to have the privilege and the honor

  • of watching those communities

  • that I would otherwise never have a chance to see into,

  • is such a gift on those big rodeo days.

  • It's a sad thing, but it's a part of this culture,

  • is that you do it until you can't do it anymore.

  • Like you do it until your body stops you.

  • I was talking to Forrie J. Smith about his experience

  • of when he stopped rodeoing,

  • like how he made that decision,

  • how he had to walk away from it to protect his body.

  • - I miss rodeo.

  • I miss it every day.

  • I miss the adrenaline, the getting on,

  • the life and death.

  • I miss the traveling.

  • I miss it all.

  • And Carla Curry, I got my SAG card on the first show

  • she was a set decorator on.

  • - He has actually lived that life.

  • If you look in his world, right around his bed in there,

  • you can see a lot of his personal details

  • that I ended up adding into that set.

  • - Carla says, "Well, I need pictures."

  • You've got it; whatever you want.

  • - These are all Forrie's rodeo pictures.

  • Those are real Forrie.

  • - Get 'em up.

  • - Hey, hey, hey!

  • - Bring 'em all to the new pen, will you?

  • We'll be right behind you.

  • - The bikers, yeah.

  • They had cut a hole in the fence.

  • It's too early to get in a fight.