The Yellowstone prequels are an anthology of sorts where each show will tell a different chapter of the story. 1883 was clearly the beginning, the origin story of how the Duttons wound up settling in Montana.
And the next chapter will be 1932, how the Duttons managed to get through Western expansion, Prohibition and the Great Depression.
According to executive producer David Glasser who recently spoke to Hollywood Reporter, 1883 is a one and done series, and Taylor Sheridan is going to use the upcoming 1932 series to tell the next chapter of the Dutton prequel story.
However, there will be some extra bonus episodes of 1883 coming:
“You’ll see. I don’t want to give away too much, but ‘1932’ was always intended to be the second season.
Now the network is excited to bring you something really additional to 1883, which is super exciting. There was one way set with it, there was one version, and now there’s going to be two versions.
Everything is well-thought-out with Taylor. So when you see what’s coming, you’ll see it’s pretty exciting. I think 1883 was an incredible journey.
We’re excited the way fans embraced it and I’m excited for people to see all the other great stuff that we’re doing around it now.”
And when he was asked if some of the big stars were going to be returning for the bonus episodes, Glasser kept it close to the vest:
“I can’t give too much away, but we’re excited for the year ahead.”
And now, Tim McGraw is weighing in.
In a sit down with USA Today, Tim was asked if will be appearing in those upcoming bonus episodes of 1883.
And like just about everything else in the Yellowstone world… he has no clue:
“I stay out of those conversations because I don’t know. As far as we’re concerned, we had a great run, a great season and we loved it.
What happens from here out, that’s up to somebody else. And then it will come down to us having to read material and see whether we like it or not.”
If I were to take some guesses about the bonus episodes, my guess is that they might be relatively separate from the original story of 1883.
Perhaps a side story about Thomas or Shea? Maybe a few episodes that fill in some missing backstory? Or maybe a few episodes in the future to bridge the gap between 1883 and 1932.
I suppose I wouldn’t be shocked if some of the main cast didn’t reappear. But then again, Taylor Sheridan does a pretty good job of keeping us guessing, and even when you think you have it figured out, he finds some way to surprise you.
Like, we all saw Elsa take an arrow in the very first episode, but it was hard to believe that she would actually die. We also saw Shea think about killing himself all the damn time, but it was still shocking to watch him finally do it.
Either way, Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone universe is growing faster than he can write it… and that’s a good problem to have.