The Season 1 finale of 1883 just aired on Paramount+, but there's some confusion about what happens next for the Yellowstone prequel. The story of how James and Margaret Dutton (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) established the Yellowstone Ranch in Montana came to an end. However, Paramount+ has announced that more episodes will be released. What’s going on with 1883 Season 2 then?
Taylor Sheridan’s Plans for 1883 Season 2
Sheridan accelerated the development of 1883 last year in order to capitalize on the success of Yellowstone and aid in the launch of the streaming service Paramount+. The story of James and Margaret was supposed to end in the Season 1 finale. Then they'd fast-forward to Season 2 to follow the next Dutton generation.
However, things changed when ratings for both Yellowstone and 1883 skyrocketed in late 2021. Sheridan and Paramount decided to scrap the plans for 1883 Season 2 in favor of a completely new prequel titled 1932. Following a new generation of Duttons "during the time of western expansion, Prohibition, and the Great Depression."
In mid-February, Paramount announced that more episodes of 1883 would be released, as well as that 1932 was in the works. They also revealed their unique strategy for broadcasting the Yellowstone universe this year.
So… Will Still There Be an 1883 Season 2?
Yellowstone Season 5 will be bigger than ever, with a total of 14 episodes. The season, however, will be split into two halves, each with seven episodes. Part one will premiere on the Paramount Network this summer. Following that, during the commercial break, Paramount+ will release "additional episodes" of 1883. However, there will not be a second season.
When Yellowstone Season 5 returns for its second installment at the end of the year, they will introduce 1932. The first two episodes will air on the Paramount Network after Yellowstone on Sunday nights. The rest of the season, on the other hand, will only be available on Paramount+.
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Yellowstone Prequel was a ’10-Hour Movie’
With 1883, Sheridan says he always intended to give Yellowstone fans just a "peek" at the first Dutton generation in Montana. He told Variety that he wanted to "make a 10-hour movie that ended," and he did exactly just that.
“I created this peek through time to show you this one specific journey. I’m not someone who likes to tie everything up in a bow and explain how everyone lived happily after, or didn’t. I’d rather you imagine it,” Sheridan told Deadline.