The Ending Of 1883 Explained (2022)

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ByAdam Levine/Updated: April 16, 2022 10:13 am EDT

The spin-off of the hit series "Yellowstone" from creator Taylor Sheridan, "1883" launched in December of 2021 to plenty of excitement for fans of the neo-Western. Set more than a hundred years before "Yellowstone,"the series starred Hollywood legend Sam Elliott and country music duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and showed how the Dutton family arrived in Montana and founded the Yellowstone Ranch before the turn of the century.

With few direct connections to "Yellowstone" outside of the Duttons themselves, the series saw Elliott's Shea Brennan teaming up with the Duttons to help a wagon train of migrant settlers make their way north along the Oregon trail. A slower, more sobering show that lacked the politics or family drama of its predecessor, it made its mark with an impeccable cast and dramatic stories of survival on the American frontier — and unexpectedly led by relative newcomer Isabel May as James' young daughter Elsa.

The conclusion gave satisfying closure to all of its main characters and wrapped up the story of how James Dutton and his family reached the big sky of Montana. So what did it all mean, and what did we learn in the final episode? This is the ending of "1883" explained.

A failed fort visit

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With Elsa seriously injured from the wound inflicted by the Lakota in "Racing Clouds," James and Margaret take her to the nearby fort to see a surgeon. The wound wasn't healing, and they suspected infection, so it seemed like the only course to take if she was going to survive. With Josef and his wife also sick and injured, Shea agreed, and at the start of "This Is Not Your Heaven," they arrive at what could barely be considered a fort:A small wood and stone structure guarded by two teenaged soldiers.

But when they call on the surgeon what they get is Major Hemphill, who has no staff and no nurses.He tells Shea and Thomas that there is nothing he can do for her, and that what they thought was their salvation is little more than a meeting place for ambitious railroad engineers mapping the region. After examining Elsa, the Major reveals that the arrow that struck her hit her liver, and even if she does manage to survive the wound, she's already gone septic. Her best chance, he says, is to get her to Fort Laramie. But not to save her life, but so that she can be made comfortable enough before she dies.

If they're lucky, he says, she'll be able to regain consciousness so they can say their final goodbyes. At this point, it seems the hope that fans had pinned on Elsa's survival the previous episode were for naught, crushed by the Major's sobering words.

Divided over the truth

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When they realize that Elsa's arrow wound was not healing, James and Margaret clash over what they should tell their daughter about her situation. Elsa was drifting in and out of consciousness and remained steadfast that she would recover, and her mother didn't want to break that belief. Margaret wishes to spare her daughter the grim reality, wanting to fill her with hope instead of fear. James, meanwhile, believes in his daughter's toughness and spirit, and wants to be straight with her about the seriousness of her wound rather than spare her the truth.

Now, with it becoming more and more clear that their daughter likely won't survive, there's tension between James and Margaret. It's unspoken, but James is clearly frustrated that he can't tell Elsa the truth, and that she may die without ever being able to say goodbye. Margaret, meanwhile, is still holding on to the last vestiges of hope that Elsa might recover. She wants to hide the truth from her as long as she can, telling Elsa that she is doing well on her road to recovery. She even reassures Elsa that her fever has broken, and she's looking better — upsetting James, who knows that his daughter is slowly dying. But even when confronted by Elsa herself, James goes along with his wife's insistence that they lie to her.

Diverting to the valley

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When "1883" first started, many fans of "Yellowstone" must have scratched their heads when they learned that James Dutton wasn't traveling north to Montana, but was instead joining a wagon train that was headed to Oregon. Audiences knew that they'd be diverted, or stop short in Montana, at some point, and began theorizing how and why it would eventually happen. We finally discover the reason in the finale.

With the Fort offering little help for Elsa, and the next destination too far to reach in time, James and Shea decide they must make drastic changes to their travel plans if they're to give Elsa the proper resting place. The journey that was destined to end in Oregon will now divert to the Bozeman Valley in Montana, where he tells the group they will spend the winter before departing for Oregon in the spring. With their numbers dwindling, Elsa dying, and Josef and his wife unable to travel, it seems the best and only option for survival.

Unfortunately, the rest of the group is adamant that they continue on to Oregon, with or without Shea. The grizzled war veteran promises he'll still get them to Oregon, but they insist on continuing — with or without him. Shea cautions that without his help they won't survive the journey, but their minds are set. "Yellowstone" fans now know why the Duttons settled in Montana, and it was due to a tragedy few saw coming when the series began.

Josef chooses his fate

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As the rest of the wagon train departs for Oregon on their own, Shea stays behind with James Dutton and his family, preparing to begin their journey to the Bozeman valley. Shea releases the cattle, and lets cowboys Colton and Wade depart the wagon and train, who leave for parts unknown. Thomas, Noemi, and their children stay behind and decide to stick with Shea. The remaining question marks are Josef and his wife, who want to go to Montana — but Shea refuses them, saying they are too sick to keep up. Noemi demands they be allowed to join them, declaring to Shea that they are now free people, whether they live or die, and should be able to make their own choice. Noemi selflessly offers up her own services as driver of their wagon.

But as days drag on, and Josef's snake bite continues to worsen, they're forced to face the stark truth that he might not make it to Montana. Thomas then offers Josef a choice: They can amputate the snake-bitten leg, or he can die with it. Josef chooses the only real option, and Shea and Thomas prepare to become battlefield surgeons. Getting Josef drunk enough to pass out, they remove Josef's leg in a brutal surgery by firelight, to which the rapidly dying Elsa responds "good thing I didn't get shot in the leg."

Shea's origin story revealed

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Following the surgery on Josef, Shea and James sit around a fire and commiserate while Margaret sings Elsa a lullaby. James relates the promise his wife made to sing at his funeral one day, and that she also made him paradoxically promise to outlive her. But it's Shea who tells the most revealing story of the night, as he finally opens up about his past, and how his wife helped him survive the Civil War.

According to Shea, his wife back home had sent him a letter explaining that she was leaving him for another man, prompting him to leave his unit and return home with the intent to kill his wife's new lover. But when he got there, it turned out to be a ruse designed to get him to leave the war, ultimately saving him from death on the battlefield at Gettysburg, and reuniting the couple.

It's a touching story, one that gives new meaning to Shea's longing for the family we saw him leave behind in the premiere episode. The story illustrates the sadness in Shea's past, and the passion that drives him throughout the series. It also helps explain the respect he has for James and his relationship with his wife and daughter, and the love he sees in their eyes for each other, proving that he's more than just a battle hardened war veteran.

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Doomed decisions

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The settlers' decision to proceed to Oregon without Shea was met with derision from Brennan, who warned them they would die if they attempted to go it alone. He insisted that their best hope for survival was to spend the winter in the valley and set off for Oregon in the spring, but the remaining group had had enough of Brennan's delays. Even with his protection, he had gotten many of them killed crossing a river, with more dying due to accidents and in attacks from Native Americans and bandits. It didn't seem like he was helping them anyway, from their perspective.

The settlers also felt that at this point in the journey, the trail was well marked enough that they didn't need him as a guide, and that they could find their own way without him. That would prove to be a fateful decision, and one that would quickly doom them after leaving Brennan behind. Not long after splitting up, a group of bandits attacked the wagon train, looting it, and killing everyone they found. It was another grim reminder of the lawlessness and brutality of life on the plains, and the dangers that lurk around every corner. They came to American shores with dreams of freedom and prosperity, and here in the end they wound up meeting their fate at the business end of an outlaw's pistol.

Unexpected aid

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Though all hope seems lost for Elsa as James, Shea, and the rest of the remaining group take her north towards Montana to die, they have an unexpected run-in with a group of welcoming Lakota tribe members. The leader of the tribe, an elder named Spotted Eagle, sees that Elsa is in rough shape from an arrow wound and says he has a doctor of sorts in his own group that may be able to help her. After days — or longer — injured on the tail, Elsa finally gets proper attention for her wound, in the form of two women who take her to a nearby stream to flush out the infection.

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At last, audiences may have believed this was the moment when things would change for Elsa, and she might finally be saved. It would have made thematic sense if she were healed by members of the Lakota tribe — the same tribe that has seemingly accepted her into their community. Unfortunately, the prognosis wasn't any better here than it was at the fort. The leader of the tribe says the Lakota coat the tips of their arrows in cow manure to ensure that their victims are killed by infection if not from the wound itself. Despite their medical attention and a spiritual ceremony, it seems that there was truly no saving the young Elsa Dutton.

Advice ... and a warning

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Having accepted his daughter's fate, James Dutton tells Spotted Eagle of his intention to take Elsa into the mountains to die. Wherever Elsa lays, he says, is where he and his wife plan to lay claim, build a ranch, and call home. But he does not know this region, and fears it will not be hospitable to him. In response, Spotted Eagle offers him advice on a good place to start his new life. "I know a place for you," he says, pointing him to a valley up the river. "I used to hunt that valley as a boy.The winters are cruel, but the summers are rich, and a man who plans can thrive. And you look like a man who plans."

Spotted Eagle says it is called Paradise Valley, which fans of "Yellowstone" will recognize; it is indeed the name of the real life valley where the series is set. It's also the name of a capital investment firm, run by Dan Jenkins, that tries to push the Dutton's off the Yellowstone more than a hundred years later.

But advice on where he'll found the Dutton-Yellowstone ranch isn't all that Spotted Eagle offers. He gives him a prophetic word of warning as well — telling him that in seven generations, his people will rise up to reclaim their land. The one thing he asks of James, however, is permission to continue hunting in the valley, which he happily accepts. This also explains James' kindness towards a small tribe we saw him meet in the flashbacks in "Yellowstone," as he owes them a great debt for helping Elsa and pointing them to their new home in the valley.

A life fully lived

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Finally realizing that she is not getting better and is going to die, Elsa feels betrayed that her father lied to her. All she asks of him now though is that she be able to choose the spot where she is to die. James grants her request, as Margaret watches from a distance, distraught that her daughter has to face the truth of her own demise. But it's once again wisdom from Shea Brennan that helps James come to terms with Elsa's impending doom: The veteran soldier consoles him with the fact that Elsa lived a full life, fuller than most, despite her young years.

In fact, Shea says, despite his 75 years on this Earth, Elsa may have lived even more than he did. She lived more, laughed more, and loved more. "She outlived us all," he says with a slight knowing smile. Elsa had a happy childhood, a loving family; she traveled the plains, rode as a cowboy, joined a wagon train, saw the beauty of the land, the big sky, and the many different people who lived under it. She clashed with Lakota and she battled bandits; she fell in love more than once and was loved back. Elsa had indeed lived the American Dream, and death was now the last destination on her short journey through life.

An ancestral claim revealed

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In "This Is Not Your Heaven," fans of "Yellowstone" finally the significant connections they'd been looking for all season long, and learned important new details that give greater meaning to elements in the prior series. We learned what brought James Dutton's journey from a path to Oregon to founding the Yellowstone Ranch, and after years of hints and references to family legacy, we finally understand the spark that ignited the Dutton's passion for their home in Montana.

In an early part of the episode, Elsa muses to her father that the only thing she fears about death is being forgotten. James and Margaret vow that if she's to die, they will make their home where they bury her so they can visit her grave every day, and she will be remembered. When Elsa chooses the spot where she is to die, by a tree near where the ranch is to be built, audiences finally understand the Dutton's ancestral claim to the land. We've heard John Dutton's promise to his father not to let the land go, and now it seems it's a promise handed down from generation to generation, originating with James' vow to make a home by his daughter's grave.

It seems the Dutton's claim to the Yellowstone Ranch stretches back to 1883, with the death of Elsa Dutton. While her descendant John Dutton refuses to relinquish it, not for money or anything else, it remains to be seen if Spotted Eagle's prophecy that his people will one day reclaim it is true.

Final goodbyes

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Once Elsa passes away in her father's arms, the story flashes forward one year. While we do not see James and Margaret in their new ranch, we do get updates on the surviving cast. Josef is seen on crutches, his right leg amputated, as he removes his wedding band — presumably because his wife has died. He pulls a stack of wood planks from his horse, and we're left to believe that he is building his new home in a valley. He is the lone survivor of his group, but he has finally found the home he set out to build when the series began.

We then cut to Willamette Valley, Oregon and see Noemi and Thomas staking a claim on a plot of land, theirs near a river. Noemi's two children rush to embrace her. This is especially meaningful, because earlier we learned that her children had not spoken to her since they had blamed her for the death of their father. But now they are building a home and a life with Thomas, in Oregon as promised.

Finally, we see Shea, on a beach, looking out over the water. He speaks to his late wife Helen, admiring the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Having completed his journey, and seeing nothing left to hang on to, Shea ends his own life while sitting on the shoreline. Whether heartwarming or devastating, the ending of "1883" won't leave a dry eye in the house.

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Ultimately, a story of hopelessness

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When the series began, audiences may have suspected that "1883" would be a series very much like "Yellowstone" — a high octane drama full of action and suspense. Set in the Wild West, it seemed like the perfect place to put the series' first spin-off, and surely fans dreamed of rough-riding cowboys chasing down bandits in a fast-paced western adventure, starring John Dutton's ancestor as a sharp-shooting gunslinger.

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But when it premiered, viewers were instead treated to a somber and emotional drama — a slower, more intimate look at life on the frontier than they may have expected. And while James indeed played a central role, it became clear right away that it would be Elsa Dutton's story, as she narrated her journey north from Texas. An unexpectedly subdued premiere episode gave way to a series that provided background to "Yellowstone" while telling its own story that required no prior knowledge.

But perhaps the most surprising thing about "1883" is that it wasn't the story of hope and discovery that many may have thought, as the Dutton's embarked on a voyage to Oregon. Instead, the series was ultimately a bleak tale of the hopelessness and sorrow felt by so many as they ventured out onto the frontier. Though there are moments of joy to be found, even those are bittersweet, as so many of the series' characters met untimely ends, some from the most ordinary of circumstances, illustrating that every element of early American life was fraught with danger and death.

FAQs

What does the ending of 1883 mean? ›

A life fully lived. Paramount+ Finally realizing that she is not getting better and is going to die, Elsa feels betrayed that her father lied to her. All she asks of him now though is that she be able to choose the spot where she is to die.

Did Elsa live at the end of 1883? ›

By 1883 season 1's ending, Elsa finally succumbs to the infection and dies. Elsa's last wish was for her to pick where she'll be buried, and James and Margaret decide to settle whichever land Elsa chooses – the birth of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.

Will there be a 2nd season of 1883? ›

After some confusion surrounding the future of the 1883 television series, we finally have some clarification. There will be a second season and it will revolve around real-life lawman Bass Reeves with David Oyelowo in the lead role.

Where did Josef end up in 1883? ›

In a flash-forward to the Spring, we see that Josef is alive and working his new piece of free land in Oregon while Thomas, Noemi, and her two sons settle nearby in the Willamette Valley.

Is Elsa buried on the Dutton Ranch? ›

Whether or not fans felt the scene a fitting end to elsa's. Story it was as some have noted a

Who is Elsa Dutton to John Dutton? ›

Elsa is the sister of John Dutton Senior, but her relationship with Costner's character is more complicated. As John Dutton Junior came into the mix, Elsa is Costner's character's great aunt.

What does Elsa say before she dies in 1883? ›

I'm not scared, Daddy.” Then, she dies. So, why were these Elsa's final words? Prior to spotting the bird before her death, she tells James her first memory involved seeing a flock of birds “in the field behind the house.” She saw the birds picking at the soft earth after it rained to easily get to the worms.

Is Elsa ever mentioned in Yellowstone? ›

The slightly extended episode confirmed Elsa's fate, and in a way that concretely set up the origin story of Yellowstone's namesake ranch, while also displaying other interesting connective tissue to the flagship series and its characters.

Does Elsa in 1883 get pregnant? ›

Unfortunately, the cowboy died during a conflict with bandits. This series of events has led many fans to believe that Elsa is pregnant with Ennis' child. However, a subtle comment from Elsa in episode 6 of the Yellowstone prequel debunks this theory.

Does Elsa see Sam before death? ›

After one of the most heartbreaking episodes of TV in recent memory, 1883 gave its viewers one final scene to bring a smile to those watching. With one final piece of narration, Elsa explains that she is now in Heaven and we see her reunite with her Comanche husband, Sam, after the pair got married in episode 8.

Did Elsa get married in 1883? ›

Congratulations are in order: 1883's Miss Elsa Dutton has gotten herself hitched. And because this is one of the few shows in which that phrase might be taken literally, allow me to clarify: Elsa gets married in Sunday's episode.

Is 1883 based on a true story? ›

Much like Yellowstone, 1883 is not based on a true story. The show is fictitious and has been invented by creator Taylor Sheridan. The longest-serving female monarch in world history leaves behind an enduring and unforgettable legacy. 1883 is a prequel to Yellowstone and is set in—you guessed it—1883.

What is the next series after 1883? ›

The Yellowstone universe is getting bigger by the day. First came Yellowstone, then came 1883, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story and 6666. And now, there's 1932, another Yellowstone prequel series that'll follow the Duttons during — you guessed it — the 1930s.

How many seasons of 1883 are planned? ›

As for the original 1883, which counted Sam Elliott, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw among its stars, series creator Taylor Sheridan revealed in February that the show was only envisioned as a one-season drama. Despite Bass Reeves' status as an 1883 spinoff, there are still no plans for the mothership to return.

Why did the Duttons leave Tennessee? ›

1883's Dutton family got out of Tennessee in order to seek out greener pastures in a land which they know to be highly dangerous – despite this, they seem to have no clear route or plan in mind.

Who is Spencer Dutton? ›

Spencer Dutton is the son of James and Margaret Dutton of the Dutton family that appears in Yellowstone and its prequels 1883 and 1923. He is played by Charlie Stover in Yellowstone and Brandon Sklenar plays Spencer Dutton in 1923.

Why did the Duttons settle in Montana? ›

Because they know that killing all of those men will eventually catch up with them, Shea, James and Thomas know they need to move on. For their own safety as well as for Elsa. James tells his wife that wherever Elsa passes, that's where they will settle down so that they can be with her forever.

How is James Dutton related to John Dutton? ›

The Yellowstone prequel series 1883 introduced us to the original Dutton patriarch, James Dutton (Tim McGraw), and his wife Margaret (Faith Hill). Though it hasn't been specifically laid out, we can safely guess that James is meant to be the great-grandfather of Kevin Costner's John Dutton.

How old is Elsa supposed to be in 1883? ›

"She is stated to be 18 years old in the title year of 1883. Which would make her born in the year 1865 (maybe 1864 if she has a birthday later in the year...).

Is Kevin Costner's daughter in Yellowstone? ›

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Does Elsa Dutton have a baby? ›

Elsa's Baby is Spencer

The Dutton family in 1893, 10 years after the events of the prequel, is shown in a flashback. Spencer Dutton, John Dutton's younger brother, is now a teenager. Some fans, however, believe Spencer is really Elsa Dutton's son. Elsa's future appears dismal in the opening scene of 1883.

Who are the 7 generations of Duttons? ›

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Who is John Dutton's mother? ›

John Dutton Sr., originally known as John Dutton, is a main character in 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story. He is the eldest son of James Dutton and Margaret Dutton of the Dutton Family. He is one of at least three John's in the family, the others being his son, John Dutton Jr., and his grandson, John Dutton III.

Did Lakota dip arrows in manure? ›

Even with the arrow removed, the trauma set a ticking death clock in motion — Lakota warriors dip their arrow tips in animal manure to causes fatal infections to the wearer — which could snuff out Elsa's bright light forever.

Who is Elsa Dutton's husband? ›

Through 1883 Episode 10, “This Is Not Your Heaven,” viewers finally learn how the Duttons end up in Montana — and we learn of Elsa Dutton's fate, as well as what happens to the rest of the immigrants, Shea, and Thomas. The ending has fans questioning what happens to Elsa's husband, Sam, though.

Is Elsa Dutton John's grandmother? ›

The couple has been acknowledged as John's great-grandparents in the Yellowstone series. With John (Costner) being the grandson of James and Margaret's son John, you can conclude that Elsa is, in fact, the Yellowstone character's great aunt.

Why is the Dutton ranch called Yellowstone? ›

The clan has owned a sprawling cattle ranch in Montana's Paradise Valley called Yellowstone Ranch for generation upon generation, and the Duttons now find themselves in a position that their manifest destiny–spouting ancestors were once on the other side of: trying to prevent others from taking their land.

Where is the real Dutton ranch? ›

As Town & Country reported, the real Dutton Ranch is located in Darby, Montana, and it's just as glorious as you'd expect. It also happens to have cabins available for rental.

Why does Elsa get shot with an arrow in 1883? ›

Elsa is dangerously injured in '1883' Episode 9

A group of Lakota Native Americans mistakenly believed that Shea's group killed their women and children. The men of the tribe were out for revenge. In the ensuing battle, Elsa was shot through the stomach. Wade and Margaret pulled out the arrow and cauterized the wound.

Is Jamie's girlfriend pregnant on Yellowstone? ›

At the end of season 2, it was revealed that Jamie's assistant and on-again/off-again girlfriend Christina (Katherine Cunningham) was pregnant. But, as fans pointed out, this development was never addressed in season 3. In fact, Christina and the baby were never even mentioned.

How many children do James and Margaret Dutton have? ›

James and his wife Margaret were farmers in Tennessee. When they set off for their journey northward they had two children: Elsa and John. John married Emma and is the father of Jack Dutton, who went on to become the father of John Dutton II, whose son, John Dutton III runs the ranch in the early twenty-first century.

Do Sam and Elsa end up together? ›

In a stunning twist, Elsa decides that she will not make the rest of the journey to Oregon, opting to stay with Sam, marry him and make a life together. It's a decision that garners a great deal of pushback from James and especially Margaret (Faith Hill), who is not ready to relinquish control over her daughter yet.

Who is the Comanche in 1883? ›

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What did Elsa say in Comanche? ›

The Lakota man dies, but Elsa lives, and fights on until she finds the Lakota leader (played by Tokala Black Elk). Elsa speaks to the leader in Comanche, and he asks her where she learned those words. She reveals that her husband is a Comanche warrior, and shares her Comanche name “Lightning with the Yellow Hair.”

What did Sam say to Elsa? ›

Elsa beats Sam. The two then ride off where Sam tells Elsa that he chose his name after a man named Sam killed his wife; he wanted to take the man's name after taking the man's life. (Sam killed Sam.)

Does Elsa go to Oregon in 1883? ›

While Elsa escapes with her life, the arrow she's hit with is filthy. Her parents, James and Margaret Dutton, privately note they believe their daughter will die of infection. But they plan to keep this information from her as they continue to journey to Oregon in 1883 episode 10.

Who is John Dutton based on? ›

According to the actor, many traits of John Dutton are based on his late father William Costner. He even uses his father's real 30-30 rifle on the set! William Costner grew up as one of 11 children on a wheat farm in Oklahoma. His life was largely overshadowed by the events of the Great Depression (1929 – 1939).

Is the real John Dutton still alive? ›

While sadly there's no real John Dutton, nor any of the cast's powerful characters roaming around out there, TV Insider has previously reported that Costner took his time researching American history relating to the Montana region to create his own backstory for the tough-as-nails rancher.

What year is Elsa Dutton born? ›

Elsa was born on April 9, 1866 to James and Margaret Dutton, one year after the ending of the American Civil War.

Will there be a 6666 spin off from Yellowstone? ›

When does 6666 premiere? No premiere date has been announced, but the fifth season of Yellowstone is coming Nov. 13 and another Yellowstone spinoff, 1923 is coming too, in December 2022. We're expecting 6666 to premiere on Paramount Network some time in early 2023.

What time period is Yellowstone set in? ›

1923. 1923 will focus on a new generation of the Dutton Family during the time of Western Expansion, Prohibition and the Great Depression, which in Montana started a decade earlier.

How many episodes are there in season 2 of 1883? ›

It also does not have a second season. After a poignant and devastating 10-episode run, it has been confirmed that creator Taylor Sheridan's 1883, an explosive prequel to Yellowstone, is a one-and-done outing.

Is there going to be a 2nd season of 1883? ›

In May 2022, it was revealed by Deadline that 1883 season 2 would focus on a real historical character, Bass Reeves, rather than continuing the saga of the fictional Duttons. Bass Reeves was a legendary lawman and the first Black deputy of the U.S. Marshals.

Is there more 1883 coming? ›

While the network has hinted at when we can expect the new season to be out, it appears they are yet to make a decision. In February 2022, Paramount+ announced that the “next chapter” of 1883 would premiere in late 2022. However, some sources expect the show to arrive sometime in 2023.

Does Elsa live in 1883? ›

By 1883 season 1's ending, Elsa finally succumbs to the infection and dies. Elsa's last wish was for her to pick where she'll be buried, and James and Margaret decide to settle whichever land Elsa chooses – the birth of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.

What did Kayce tell Monica he saw? ›

In a new interview, actor Luke Grimes, who plays Kayce Dutton on the hit show, opens up about Kayce's vision quest, which ended with him telling his wife Monica (Kelsey Asbille), "I saw the end of us."

Why are the Duttons going to Oregon? ›

It seems the Duttons are in search of land to call their own, and they're hoping to leave the impoverished states of Texas and Tennessee behind. They settle on Oregon as the perfect destination for their future lives. The immigrants, as well as Shea and Thomas, also wish to travel there.

Who is Elsa's brother in 1883? ›

John Dutton Senior (Audie Rick) is Elsa's brother in the series and is the son of James and Margaret.

Is Spencer Dutton Elsas son? ›

John Dutton Sr. John Dutton Jr. Spencer Dutton is the youngest son of James and Margaret Dutton. His birth year has not been made clear yet in the 1883 series.
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Will Elsa have a baby 1883? ›

'1883' Episode 6 debunks a popular fan theory

Isabel May previously teased to extratv that questions surrounding Elsa's pregnancy would be answered very soon, and she wasn't exaggerating. Now fans know that Elsa isn't going to have Ennis' baby.

Is Elsa mentioned in Yellowstone? ›

The slightly extended episode confirmed Elsa's fate, and in a way that concretely set up the origin story of Yellowstone's namesake ranch, while also displaying other interesting connective tissue to the flagship series and its characters.

Is Elsa buried on the Dutton ranch? ›

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Who is John Dutton's favorite child? ›

So much has happened in Yellowstone's first few seasons that it's easy to forget John Dutton had four children in the series pilot. His oldest son Lee was his favorite, and he was the heir to the family business.

Is James Dutton John's great grandfather? ›

“In seven generations, you can have it.”

A lot of the family trees on the internet seem to say that Tate is a 6th-Generation Dutton, making James Dutton the great-grandfather of modern day John Dutton (Kevin Costner).

Why did Dutton adopt Jamie? ›

8. Why did Jon and Evelyn Dutton adopt Jamie? Yellowstone fans found out in season 3 that Jamie was adopted by John and Evelyn Dutton when he was just three months old. The story goes that Jamie's biological father murdered his mother, and was then sent to prison.

Who is Chance Dutton? ›

Chance Dutton is a Dutton family member that is remembered by John Dutton at the funeral of his oldest son Lee. Chance's birth date and the date of his death are unknown. So is his exact place in the family bloodline.

Who is Claire to James Dutton? ›

Claire Dutton was the sister of James Dutton. Claire and her daughter, Mary Abel, joined her brother, James, and the rest of his family in Fort Worth, Texas, after her husband, Henry, passed away.

Why did the Duttons leave Tennessee? ›

1883's Dutton family got out of Tennessee in order to seek out greener pastures in a land which they know to be highly dangerous – despite this, they seem to have no clear route or plan in mind.

Who is Spencer Dutton? ›

Spencer Dutton is the son of James and Margaret Dutton of the Dutton family that appears in Yellowstone and its prequels 1883 and 1923. He is played by Charlie Stover in Yellowstone and Brandon Sklenar plays Spencer Dutton in 1923.

Is Faith Hills daughter in 1883? ›

Faith Hill

Are the Duttons a real family? ›

No, Yellowstone and the story of the Dutton family are not true and are, in fact, works of fiction. On top of that, the Yellowstone Ranch is not a real place in Montana and the title of largest ranch in the US actually goes to the King Ranch in Texas which covers an eye-watering 825,000 acres.

How old is Beth Dutton in Yellowstone? ›

Beth was born on July 18, 1984, making her 38 years old at the time of writing.

What does Elsa say before she dies in 1883? ›

I'm not scared, Daddy.” Then, she dies. So, why were these Elsa's final words? Prior to spotting the bird before her death, she tells James her first memory involved seeing a flock of birds “in the field behind the house.” She saw the birds picking at the soft earth after it rained to easily get to the worms.

Does Elsa Dutton get married? ›

Congratulations are in order: 1883's Miss Elsa Dutton has gotten herself hitched. And because this is one of the few shows in which that phrase might be taken literally, allow me to clarify: Elsa gets married in Sunday's episode.

Why is Kayce Dutton branded? ›

Why is Kayce branded? As a branded man, Kayce is “bound” to the ranch. John branded Kayce out of spite for Kayce leaving to be with Monica when she got pregnant with Tate.

Why did the Duttons settle in Montana? ›

Because they know that killing all of those men will eventually catch up with them, Shea, James and Thomas know they need to move on. For their own safety as well as for Elsa. James tells his wife that wherever Elsa passes, that's where they will settle down so that they can be with her forever.

Does Elsa Dutton have kids? ›

Elsa's Baby is Spencer

The Dutton family in 1893, 10 years after the events of the prequel, is shown in a flashback. Spencer Dutton, John Dutton's younger brother, is now a teenager. Some fans, however, believe Spencer is really Elsa Dutton's son.

Why is Beth blamed for her mother's death? ›

Years later, Beth still blames herself for her mother's death because she didn't step in to help. Even during the flashback scene at the start of the episode, a young Beth (played by Kylie Rogers) explained to Rip how it impacted her: "I killed my mother by being scared.

What was the significance of the hummingbird in 1883? ›

Fans believe the hummingbird is symbolic of Helen

The "1883" Reddit community naturally began speculating on what this scene and the bird itself mean. A prevalent theory is that the hummingbird symbolizes someone visiting Shea from beyond the grave, with a popular name being Helen.

Does Elsa in 1883 get pregnant? ›

Unfortunately, the cowboy died during a conflict with bandits. This series of events has led many fans to believe that Elsa is pregnant with Ennis' child. However, a subtle comment from Elsa in episode 6 of the Yellowstone prequel debunks this theory.

Why did the Duttons leave Tennessee? ›

1883's Dutton family got out of Tennessee in order to seek out greener pastures in a land which they know to be highly dangerous – despite this, they seem to have no clear route or plan in mind.

Did Lakota Indians dip their arrows in manure? ›

The fort was practically abandoned, with barely a doctor in sight, and while Elsa was taken care of at a Native American camp that her family happened upon as they arrived in Montana, there wasn't much hope. As the chief explained, the Lakota dip their arrows in manure, making a hit almost certainly fatal.

Why did the Duttons settle in Montana? ›

Because they know that killing all of those men will eventually catch up with them, Shea, James and Thomas know they need to move on. For their own safety as well as for Elsa. James tells his wife that wherever Elsa passes, that's where they will settle down so that they can be with her forever.

Who was John duttons father? ›

Portrayed by. John Dutton Jr. John Dutton Sr., originally known as John Dutton, is a main character in 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story. He is the eldest son of James Dutton and Margaret Dutton of the Dutton Family.

What is connection between 1883 and Yellowstone? ›

"1883," the Paramount+ prequel series to Paramount Network's "Yellowstone," brings with it all the gritty brutality that makes its parent show so captivating, transferring the ruthless tone of "Yellowstone" from the present day to the Old West.

Is Elsa Dutton John's grandmother? ›

The couple has been acknowledged as John's great-grandparents in the Yellowstone series. With John (Costner) being the grandson of James and Margaret's son John, you can conclude that Elsa is, in fact, the Yellowstone character's great aunt.

Who is Spencer Dutton? ›

Spencer Dutton is the son of James and Margaret Dutton of the Dutton family that appears in Yellowstone and its prequels 1883 and 1923. He is played by Charlie Stover in Yellowstone and Brandon Sklenar plays Spencer Dutton in 1923.

Does Elsa Dutton get married? ›

Congratulations are in order: 1883's Miss Elsa Dutton has gotten herself hitched. And because this is one of the few shows in which that phrase might be taken literally, allow me to clarify: Elsa gets married in Sunday's episode.

What did Kayce tell Monica he saw? ›

In a new interview, actor Luke Grimes, who plays Kayce Dutton on the hit show, opens up about Kayce's vision quest, which ended with him telling his wife Monica (Kelsey Asbille), "I saw the end of us."

Why are the Duttons going to Oregon? ›

It seems the Duttons are in search of land to call their own, and they're hoping to leave the impoverished states of Texas and Tennessee behind. They settle on Oregon as the perfect destination for their future lives. The immigrants, as well as Shea and Thomas, also wish to travel there.

Is 1883 based on a true story? ›

Much like Yellowstone, 1883 is not based on a true story. The show is fictitious and has been invented by creator Taylor Sheridan. The longest-serving female monarch in world history leaves behind an enduring and unforgettable legacy. 1883 is a prequel to Yellowstone and is set in—you guessed it—1883.

Did Indians poison their arrows? ›

In the Kingdom of Kush, arrows were often poison-tipped. There is some indication that poisoned arrows were used in battle against the Romans from 27 BC to 22 BC. The use of poisoned arrows in hunting and warfare by some Native Americans has also been documented.

How were barbed arrows removed? ›

For this reason, many soldiers would die from arrow wounds inflicted by the barbed head. To remove the barbed head arrow, the Romans would take two hollow quills and then probe within the wound until they found the barb. After finding a stable position, they would pull the arrow out.

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