Yellowstone is a popular melodrama series that has made its way around the world and fans in the US are eagerly awaiting season four. The series follows the Dutton family, who are risking everything to protect their beloved ranch from being passed into the wrong hands. Fans are keen to know who plays Walker in Yellowstone, and Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who plays Walker on Yellowstone?
Walker is an ex-convict who was set on a path to redemption after he was given a second chance at life by John Dutton and his family (played by Kevin Costner).
John’s right-hand man, Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) was the one to give Walker a chance and take him on as a new ranch hand.
However, Rip learned he may have made the wrong decision after he and Walker clash in an argument further down the line.
Walker was introduced to the series in the middle of the first season, and he has since starred in a total of 12 episodes across three seasons.
The character is played by Ryan Bingham, an American singer and songwriter based in LA, and fans were surprised acting was not Bingham’s day job.
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The 39-year-old performer, from New Mexico, has released six studio albums across his music career, but he does have some qualities which made him the perfect candidate for the role of Walker.
When he was a teenager he joined the world of rodeo as a bull rider, and he would play his music after rodeos for his friends.
He signed his first record deal in 2007 and went on to win multiple awards for his music, including a Golden Globe Award and a Grammy Award.
The awards were given to him for his iconic theme song titled The Weary Kind, which featured in the film Crazy Heart back in 2009.
Avid fans of Yellowstone may be interested to hear one of Bingham’s songs was actually featured in the series, and it was called Wolves.
In the series Bingham’s character Walker is heard singing the song, so fans will be interested to hear it was actually one of his original tracks.
In April 2019 he helped launch his own music festival called The Western, and the event took place in Texas across two days.
The star is best known for his music, but he has also taken on roles in the films Your Right Mind and Hostiles.
In an interview with PopCulture.com, Bingham revealed how the show’s creator, Taylor Sheridan, heard about his experience with rodeo and just had to write him into the show.
He said Sheridan had been in touch about writing songs for some of his films, including the Yellowstone series, and when he found out about Bingham’s past he invited him to take part as a regular character.
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Walker’s role has been integral to the series as his personality definitely clashes with that of his superior, Rip.
Thankfully fans will see more of Walker in season four, as he is one of the only characters who is confirmed to be alive after the Dutton family was targeted by a number of unidentified assassins.
Fans thought Walker’s character had been killed off in season two, so they were surprised to see him prove himself as a loyal worker in season three.
Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) ended up saving Walker’s life after he was set up by Rip, so Walker is now tied to the family.
The cast of the series have enjoyed having Bingham on set, as they said he plays music constantly in between takes for scenes.
In an interview with Paramount Network Bingham said: “Originally when I was approached about the show, it was mainly about the music.
“I had met Taylor, we had hit it off and kind of became friends, and Taylor found out that I come from a ranching family in New Mexico and grew up riding horses and things like that.
“We got to talking and he was just like, ‘Man I want you to come in and read for something’. I read for a part and a couple of days later Taylor called me on the phone and he’s like ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do but I’m going to write you a part’.”
Sheridan vowed that if Bingham’s performance was good enough, he would continue to write his story for the series.
Fans were delighted with the character, with one saying on Twitter: “Walker from Yellowstone earned his brand and the right to keep it.”
Another fan said: “Okay I already loved @RyanBingham enough but him as Walker…Yellowstone you won me over.”
Yellowstone airs on Paramount Network