The recent “Yellowstone” prequel titled “1883” came to a close this past weekend and series creator Taylor Sheridan says that is the end of the road for that series…
SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE “1883” FINALE
There will be another “Yellowstone” prequel coming from series creator Taylor Sheridan but the recent show titled “1883” has officially come to a close.
The 10th and final episode in the series aired on Paramount+ this past weekend as James Dutton settled with his family in Montana, which would become the home to many generation of Duttons including those portrayed in the popular series “Yellowstone,” which is getting ready for season 5 on the Paramount Network.
There had been speculation about whether or not “1883” would return for a second season but Sheridan has now confirmed that he always planned this particular prequel as a limited 10-episode special series, which has now concluded.
“The goal with 1883, I wanted to tell this really abstract odd structured story,” Sheridan explained to Deadline. “If you were paying attention, I tell you exactly what was going to happen, in the first scene of the first episode [to Elsa and Shea]. And then hopefully made you fall in love with the world, and forget that stuff, and play with your expectations that there’s no way what I’ve already told you could actually happen.
“To play with structure that way, felt like a new rollercoaster ride for an audience, and hopefully a really reflective and beautiful one. We wanted to make a 10-hour movie that ended, and that’s what we did.”
“1883” ended with the tragic death of Elsa Dutton, who had served as the narrator for the entire series, but her demise was teased in the debut but not revisited until the penultimate episode two weeks ago. In that installment, Elsa tries to stave off a group of Lakotas hell bent on revenge after they believed the group traveling with the Dutton family had murdered their wives and children.
Elsa ends up taking an arrow in her side and as we later learned, the Lakotas dip their arrows in manure to ensure the victim would get infected and die no matter where the shot landed.
With Elsa on her last legs, her father James (played by Tim McGraw) decides to take her on a journey into Montana until she finally passes and that’s where he intended to settle down with the rest of his family. That would ultimately become the site where the Yellowstone-Dutton ranch would be built and that’s the same home where John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner) lives today.
While “1883” is wrapped, Paramount+ did tease the potential for more episodes, which was likely a hint about the next “Yellowstone” prequel coming from Sheridan and company called “1932.” That series will follow the next generation of the Dutton family as they persevere through the Great Depression while continuing to build their ranching empire.
According to Sheridan, that will be another complete story told through a limited number of episodes, which will once again feature new characters with some that will tie back to the main “Yellowstone” series.
“I don’t think of any of these as spinoffs, but rather as complete stories that have common roots,” Sheridan explained. “My goal with the next one would be that you could never have seen 1883 or Yellowstone, and still have a fully realized experience as a viewer.”
“1883” star LaMonica Garrett just recent teased that the cast of the show had reunited, although he didn’t give any other details away about what exactly was being filmed.
Got the band back together… @1883Official #1883TV @Gratiela_ @TheTimMcGraw @AmandaJaros @JamesHebert pic.twitter.com/TI5KRH9bEt
— LaMonica Garrett (@lamonicagarrett) March 1, 2022
There’s no word on when “1932” will go into production but Sheridan definitely has his hands full after Paramount recently announced a slew of new shows that he is developing not to mention his gritty crime drama “Mayor of Kingstown” also being renewed for season 2.