Essentially Part II of the Yellowstone prequels series, 1932 will pick up roughly 50 years after the events of 1883. The next generation of the Dutton family, roots now firmly planted in the state of Montana will battle 20th century pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression.
Needless to say, it’s gonna be a wild time for the Duttons.
Set to premiere in December of 2022, the show will air exclusively on Paramount+.
Of course, more information, including more cast members, will be revealed in the coming months, but for now, Yellowstone fans seem to be divided on who Harrison Ford will actually be playing.
Assuming that he’s playing a Dutton, some fans think he’ll be playing a very old James Dutton (Tim McGraw’s character from 1883). And others think he might be playing James Dutton’s son.
Some think he might be a cousin or other relative, and some think he might just be another character that isn’t related to the Duttons at all (much like Sam Elliott’s character Shea Brennan was in 1883).
However, there still seems to be some confusion about the lineage so let’s break it down real quick.
The Dutton Family Tree
In that 1893 flashback from Yellowstone Season 4, we see that James has two sons with him, John and Spencer… Generation Two.
They should be in their fifties or so by the time 1932 rolls around and will have children of their own (Generation Three), and John and Spencer might even have young grandchildren (people got married pretty young back then), so that’s Generation Four.
Now, here’s where it get’s interesting… John Dutton (born sometime in the 1950s) of Yellowstone would be Generation Five, which means Kayce, Jamie (adopted), the late Lee Dutton, and Beth Dutton would all be Generation Six, and young Tate would be Generation 7.
And that’s exactly what Tim McGraw himself has confirmed.
According to CinemaBlend, Tim says he plays the great-great-grandfather of John Dutton in the bonus Blu-ray content:
“I play John Dutton’s great-great-grandfather. Our family is the first to discover Yellowstone and settle it. And in doing that, we are the first to really defend it and fight people off, and try to establish it and then survive.
J.D.’s the patriarch of the family. He’s the guy that had the balls, I guess, to set out and take his family across the country and head up to Montana, and sorta settle this unknown land, this untamed land up there, and turn it into something.”
Of course, which generation of Dutton has implications for the show because in the Season Finale of 1883, Elsa Dutton (Isabel May) is on the verge of death and her father, James Dutton (Tim McGraw) needs to find a place to bury her because wherever they bury her body is where the Dutton family is going to settle.
So Spotted Eagle, a Crow elder, recommends a spot called the Paradise Valley.
But, there’s a catch… the Duttons can’t have it forever.
“Yes, Paradise. Good name. But you know this: that in seven generations, my people will rise up and take it back from you.”
To which James says:
“In seven generations, you can have it.”
Doesn’t bode well for the Dutton family in Yellowstone Season 5, does it?
So all of that being said, who does Harrison Ford play?
My guess is that he plays a grown version of one of James Dutton’s sons. And I also think his grandson, AKA John Dutton’s father, will be in the series as well, perhaps as a very young boy (maybe even a baby) growing up in the Great Depression.
People got married and had kids young back then… most people in their 50s were grandparents, which is where I think Harrison Ford’s character will land. Maybe even early 60s.
That’s my guess, you heard it here first… but I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.