Will There Be A Season 2 For the 1883 Yellowstone TV Show?

SSince the release of the announcement for the 1883 Yellowstone TV show, fans of the hit series have been wondering about a second season.

This article gives you everything you need to know about season two, including whether or not the network will green-light it.

Is It Happening?

The short answer is no. There will not be a second season of Yellowstone Prequel 1883. However, we’re still determining the possibility of more shows like it in the future.

It’s been a favorite of TV fans across the USA. In addition, it includes many of the fan’s favorite characters from the original Yellowstone series.

The show’s first season has been well-received by critics and viewers alike, with an average rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

However, it’s more complicated than announcing a complete end for 1883. Paramount had given hope to the viewers about another season for 1883.

But after Taylor Sheridan announced its fate, the network stopped confirming more of the prequel show. Other fans noticed the official Instagram account transformed from 1883 to 1923

Also, a Paramount representative confirmed 1923 as the upcoming installment for the 1883 TV show. While it continues the Duttons’ history, the storyline is standalone for both.

However, since its debut, Taylor Sheridan had already made it clear that the show was a limited series. He already had it mapped out how the Dutton ancestors got the land that is now the Yellowstone Ranch.

In an interview with Deadline, Taylor revealed how Paramount had eagerly anticipated a second chapter of the Yellowstone 1883.

According to him, even though they read the scripts, the network needed to get the memo. After all, all the key characters died; that was enough to dust the show.

Taylor himself views the show as a 10-hour movie where the characters live happily ever after.

1883 Season 2 Misunderstanding Creates The Bass Reeves Story

Since 1883 season 2 proved to be a debate not ending soon, Paramount+ announced another run for 1883, though in a different way. Unlike the other prequel, this was announced to introduce a new storyline with new characters.

Focusing on the Lone Ranger but in the shadow of the original show, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story would be an alternative wrap-up.

About 1883: The Bass Reeves Story

The show revolves around Bass Reeves (David Oyelowo), the first Black US Marshal in the Wild West. He has made more than 3000 arrests without any injuries.

He was recruited in 1885 in the Indian Territory he adopted after getting his freedom from slavery. That Reeves is an inspiration for the Lone Ranger is the only storyline in the open books, we will be known as the updates are released.


Right now, the show is still cooking, with only two casts confirmed; David Oyelowo, a British actor, and Dennis Quaid, a Hollywood star. Oyelowo, playing Reeves, was the first to be announced as the starring cast.

Other acclaimed movies he has appeared in include; “The Butler,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” ‘A United Kingdom,” “Queen of Katwe,” “Jack Reacher” and “Selma.”

He received a Golden Globe nomination for portraying Peter Snowden in “Nightingale” in 2014. He recently appeared in “The Girl Before” 2021 in a lead role and starred in “Les Miserables” and “Star Wars: Rebels,” among others.

According to Variety, Quaid will play Sherrill Lynn, the Deputy U.S. Marshall. He has made appearances in 1970s blockbusters like “The Day After Tomorrow,” “The Parent Trap,” and “The Big Easy.”

Besides the two actors, Cole Hauser (Yellowstone’s Rip Wheeler) is believed to take a role in the spinoff.

How Many Episodes Are There?

Paramount+ announced six episodes of 1883: The Bass Reeves Story. Like the prequels before it, we can expect each to last approximately one hour.

Taylor Sheridan revealed in an interview that he would direct the show’s first two episodes. In addition, he will be the executive producer alongside David Oyelowo (the lead actor) with Jessica (his wife).

It still needs to be confirmed by the director behind the remaining episodes.

Release Date

The filming date is not yet announced, nor is the release date. However, Paramount announced that the “Second Season” of 1883 will premiere in late 2022.

Some representatives give clues to the premier in 2023, which is more likely, given that the fifth season of Yellowstone premiered in November.

Good thing there is something in Yellowstone to cool our appetites; there is 1923, and Yellowstone has reached its fifth season. Plus, there are several shows similar to Yellowstone.

Where To Watch?

“1883: The Bass Reeves Story” will be available to watch exclusively on Paramount+ after its release.

Streaming will be available in the United States, the United Kingdom, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Latin America, Canada, Scandinavia, and the Middle East.

1923 As The Next Installment

It was the 1883 ashes that inspired the 1923 chapter. Sheridan confessed he had to study Montana’s and the world’s history of developing the storyline.

One thing that makes the Dutton’s such a great family, their situations are usually unique in every show. Though 1923, Yellowstone, and 1883 are all standalone, they tether entirely.

The show stars Jacob Dutton played by Harrison Ford, and Cara Dutton played by Helen Mirren, as Yellowstone Ranch heads a new Dutton generation in an era where all the plagues of the 20th century.

The Great Depression and Prohibition ended, and historic droughts and pandemics hit Yellowstone.

1883 Cast Rooting In 1923

Besides fitting for their ranch, family is the only important thing for the Duttons. The Dutton family tree is large, with one bloodline across the generations.

Except for a few cases like Sam Elliott and Harrison Ford, central figures in the family are not directly linked with John Dutton.

Here are the main casts in the newest installment, 1923:

  • Harrison Ford stars as Jacob Dutton
  • Helen Mirren role as Cara Dutton
  • Darren Mann is Jack Dutton
  • Michelle Randolph’s role is Elizabeth Strafford
  • James Badge Dale plays John Dutton
  • Marley Shelton’s role is Emma Dutton
  • Brian Geraghty stars as Zane
  • Aminah Nieves is Teonna Rainwater
  • Julia Schlaepfer, who plays Alexandra
  • Brandon Sklenar role as Spenser Dutton
  • Jerome Flynn is Banner Creighton

However, it’s common to see frequent flashbacks where we’ll meet some of the 1883 characters. Here are some of the cast we are likely not to forget in 1923:

Tim McGraw James Dutton; Faith Hill As Margaret Dutton 

These are the original Dutton family patriarch and matriarchs, so their roots are expected to show in 1923. James, a Tennessee farmer, served in the Confederate army. Margaret, on the other hand, served as a nurse in the camp.

The family was moving to Oregon for greener pastures but had to stay in Montana after Elsa (Isabel May), their daughter, died.

She was the main narrator in 1883, appearing in 1993 episode 1 via a voiceover. Also, John and Spencer are James and Margaret Dutton’s sons.

Harrison Ford Plays Jacob Dutton; Helen Mirren Plays Cara Dutton

Jacob and Margaret were the star couple in 1923. They succeed the ranch in the 1890s after the death of James and Margaret. Jacob is James Duttons, but he and his wife don’t have children.

He served in the Livestock Association as the Commissioner, a role that succeeded in the Duttons family for generations. Jacob and his wife are the guardians of his brother’s son John, and Jack, his son.

Dawn Olivieri As  Claire Dutton

Claire, Jacobs and James’ sister, was among James Caravan in 1883. She lost her husband, and when the last of her children alive, Mary Abel, died, she remained and later killed herself.

James Badge Dale As John Dutton

John, the ranch manager, and Emma Dutton (Marley Shelton) had few appearances in 1923, and the reason is quite obvious.

John was a kid in 1883 and dies at Banner’s hand, the sheep herder in the show, which blurs his connection with John Dutton III because they didn’t have another son in 1923.

Darren Mann Plays Jack Dutton

John and Emma Dutton’s firstborn son, Jack, works with Jacob, the great uncle, at his ranch, in 1923 as he prepares to marry Elizabeth (Michelle Randolph).

He is sometimes nicknamed John, presumed to be John Dutton II, but yet to be confirmed in 1923.

John Dutton II

John Dutton III’s (Kevin Costner) father has raised some confusion about whether he’s the older Jack Dutton or the brother (second son to John and Emma).

However, Sheridan announced that the character would appear more in the 1940s and 60s spinoffs.

Why Having No Second Season Of 1883 Was A Good Idea

1883 journey to the West was cruel and dangerous, but not for the American frontier, which was quite a spectacle. The journey sees Elsa grow into a real woman and cowgirl.

Elsa defends her father’s wagon throughout 1883 until she gets a fatal arrow wound in her torso. However, she later succumbs to her arrow injury in Montana in her father’s arms. 

As the main character, her death was a perfect wrap as James and Margaret lived on the land of their daughter’s death.

Besides Elsa’s death, other characters had fitting endpoints. For instance, Shea killed himself rather than live with the pain of losing his family.

He only had one monumental mission – to get the immigrants across the country – which he accomplished at the end of the series.

Thomas, another supporting character, had a happy ending giving the series a satisfying conclusion.

Most fans would be happy for a second season, but continuing the story with the surviving characters would end with unnecessary connections. While we may not see 1883 Season Two, 1923 will keep us going.


While 1883 is officially dusted, we should expect more in the upcoming miniseries 1883: The Bass Reeves Story. It continues the same period but with a different storyline.

However, the Duttons will jump to 1923, another Yellowstone prequel, which as always, is a violent, occasionally sad, yet captivating story of the Dutton family.