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How Yellowstone Fans Really Feel About That Shocking Sheriff Moment In Season 4 Episode 8

The following article contains spoilers for "Yellowstone" Season 4, Episode 8.

December 19 saw the debut of "Yellowstone" Season 4, Episode 8, titled "No Kindness for the Coward." It's evident things have begun to heat up on the series throughout a season that's had one stunning revelation after the next. Of course, Season 4 kicked off with the reveal that the Dutton family was all right after the coordinated attack on their lives. John Dutton (Kevin Costner) survived gunfire, while Beth (Kelly Reilly) was fortunately far away from the mail bomb that went off. 

The Duttons may have been safe in the interim, but it was clear there were dastardly forces out there in Montana waiting to off the family, most likely to get their hands on the massive property. As sad as it is, more bloodshed was inevitable, and that's precisely what transpired on "No Kindness for the Coward." Only this time, it was the lovable sheriff who lost his life.

Fans can't believe Sheriff Haskell is dead

There's no cliffhanger finale at the end of the episode. Sheriff Haskell (Hugh Dillon) is unquestionably dead, which really puts a thorn in the side of the Duttons. For four seasons, Sheriff Haskell has been an invaluable ally to the Duttons. He's assisted them when legal investigations were conducted into their place of business, and earlier in Season 4, he aided John in dispersing a group of protestors who had taken residence outside his property. 

His death means there are fewer people out there who have the Duttons' backs, and his departure came as a total shock to the show's fans. On a Reddit discussion thread of the latest episode, u/SupermarketNearby872 wrote, "I can't believe the sheriff is dead!!!" Redditor u/corgimomof 4 echoed those sentiments: "That was the saddest part of this episode but he has moved on." 

From that point on, people analyze the scene, finding it strange that a group of robbers would try to take money from a diner when the sheriff is parked right outside. Was Sheriff Haskell's death a tragic accident, or are sinister forces afoot that wanted the sheriff out of the picture? All good things come with time, and the one thing we do know is that someone will have to fill in that Sheriff position, and it's a long shot they'll be as friendly to the Duttons as Haskell.