Branding as Allegiance - The brand symbolizes lifelong loyalty and belonging to the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.
Branding as Redemption - It offers a chance at redemption for characters to transcend past misdeeds.
Painful Initiation - The branding process is shown as intensely painful for the characters.
Not Used as Punishment - Branding serves as an initiation, not as punishment.
Ideal Versus Reality - Branding doesn't always engender loyalty as intended.
Emotional Resonance - Viewers react strongly to the emotive branding scenes.
Echoes of History - Branding humans evokes painful historical associations.
Complex Symbolism - Branding exemplifies the show's nuanced exploration of loyalty.
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