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Yellowstone Fans Are Holding Back Tears Over The Emotional Flashback In Season 5 Episode 2

Contains spoilers for "Yellowstone" Season 5, Episode 2 — "The Sting of Wisdom"

Five seasons in, and there is no shortage of trauma Taylor Sheridan seems to be willing to put his characters through. "Yellowstone" has always been predicated on the idea that the Duttons will do anything to protect their ranch. The children of John Dutton (Kevin Costner) shed blood to appease their father, even when he tends to withhold his affection from them. And while violence often populates the larger plots involving the ranch, it also accompanies the personal troubles of each character.

Beth (Kelly Reilly) in particular was put through a crucible in her youth after she was involuntarily sterilized during an abortion. Having not given her consent for the hysterectomy, Beth has to carry the rage about it for the rest of her life. This devastating realization at the time seemed like one of the worst tragedies that could happen. Unfortunately, tragedies never stop, and the opening of Episode 2 was not one of the things we wanted to see in "Yellowstone" Season 5.

Monica endures something no parent should have to

Luke Grimes may have warned fans that Monica would face some big challenges, but after the Season 5 premiere, that appears to be a massive understatement. Not only has Monica (Kelsey Asbille) had to suffer the kidnapping of Tate (Brecken Merrill) in Season 2, but now she has to contend with the loss of her unborn child. While driving with her oldest son, Monica hits a wayward buffalo on the road and is ejected from the vehicle. Tate is thankfully saved, but the same cannot be said for the child she was carrying. This event occurs in Episode 1 of Season 5 but is revisited in the opening scenes of Episode 2. Fans have to watch Monica's excruciating trauma in real-time, and the official "Yellowstone" account on Twitter didn't exactly help matters.

"Absolutely heartbreaking beginning to episode two," posted the "Yellowstone" account, which stirred up a frenzy of conversation. "Saddest flashback ever," agreed @llquadro, while @aarizpe2015 confessed to breaking down into tears. There was no shortage of viewers who echoed how painful it was to watch. This scene is certainly not for the faint of heart, especially for those who have lost a child. Even worse, Kayce's (Grimes) vision about the end of his relationship with Monica may be getting clearer. Their marriage could easily end — not because they don't love each other anymore, but because the loss of a child is something no parent should ever have to experience, and it could very well break them apart.