So far, they’ve got Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton, the brother of James Dutton from 1883, Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton, Jacob’s wife, along with Brandon Sklenar, Sebastian Roche, Michelle, Randolph, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves, Julia Schlaepfer, Darren Mann, and many more.
With that being said, they’ve added yet another star actor to the already star-studded cast, and it’s Robert Patrick who is widely known for his role at the villainous character T-1000 in Terminator 2, according to Deadline.
He’s also wracked up a number of other credits, including FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Mayans M.C., CBS’ Scorpion, HBO’s True Blood, and FOX’s The X-Files, and reprising on other projects like Wayne’s World and Last Action Hero.
Patrick will star as Sheriff William McDowell, who is a friend of the Dutton family.
Considering the prequel series is set to take place during the end of the prohibition era, and also the kickstart of the Great Depression, historical drought, and the emergence of the flu, I have a feeling that Patrick’s character will be a huge asset to the show, considering the high rate of crime that went on during that time period.
And of course, he plays a role in protecting the Dutton family name, and from what we’ve seen in the past, that itself already results in a ton of bloodshed.
1923 is shooting for a December premier.
The Dutton Family Tree
In that 1893 flashback from Yellowstone Season 4, we see that James has two sons with him, John Sr. (who will be a major character in 1923) and Spencer… Generation Two.
They should be in their forties or so by the time 1923 rolls around and will have children of their own (Generation Three), and John Sr. 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 III (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.
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?