Actors leave shows unexpectedly quite often. Sometimes, the story goes in a different direction than the writers expect, leaving characters without anything to do. Sometimes, on-set conflicts can’t be resolved, forcing one side to make an early exit. Often, actors that aren’t part of the main cast get better, more lucrative jobs elsewhere, forcing them to leave.
It’s quite possible that Beatty falls into that latter group. As a recurring character, Beatty wasn’t under contract. If she got other, more secure, and higher-profile work, there was nothing stopping her from taking off for greener pastures.
Some fans even think they might know where Beatty is headed. In 2015, the Twilight and The 100 veteran was cast as Sacagawea in HBO’s Lewis & Clark miniseries, which was set to feature Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts as the famous explorers.
Unfortunately, despite an all-star cast of producers that included Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, and Edward Norton, the show was shut down a few months later. In 2016, HBO announced that the miniseries was back in pre-production with a new showrunner. There’s been no word since then, although technically, the project was never cancelled. Rumors (and an updated IMDb page, which is far from reliable) suggest that the show might be headed back into production sometime this year, which could explain Beatty’s sudden unavailability.
Or maybe not. Ultimately, the Lewis & Clark news could be mere hearsay, and we may never officially know why Beatty decided to leave Yellowstone. Either way, let’s hope that Beatty isn’t missing from the big or small screens for too long — and if you really miss Avery, you can always re-watch Yellowstone seasons one and two.