1923is officially back in full force, after a brief layoff at the midway point of the first half of its debut season.
Needless to say, the Yellowstone has already become wildly popular, as its premiere episode racked up a mind boggling 7.4 million views, a Paramount+ record.
Of course, when you have famed actors like Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren leading the charge, playing the roles of Jacob and Cara Dutton in the show, it’s going to open some eyes to begin with.
However, as the show has gone on, fans have fallen in love with other characters, and one in particular is Alex, who is played by Julia Schlaepfer.
In the latest episode, Alex and Spencer (Brandon Sklenar) are on their way to meet up with the Dutton family in Montana, but they ran into a brief road block after their tugboat ran into a massive ship.
Luckily, they were saved by Capt. Shipley, who actually ends up wedding Alex and Spencer after offering rings from dead sailors.
Now, Schlaepfer is discussing the wild episode in an interview with Deadline.
During the collision between the tugboat and ship, Alex gives Spencer a speech about never being scared. She weighed in on where that came from, along as the importance of it:
“It was really important because when she decided to run away on an adventure with him, she genuinely wanted it and the danger that came with it. But she didn’t what that meant and what it entailed. She didn’t know what the world was truly like.
We’ve watched her get absolutely rocked by all the things that have happened to them, the lions and now the boat. She’s finding her strength that she’s never had to access before because she grew up in such a privileged upbringing.
As they continue their journey, there are going to be more moments like that. It’s going to continue to be difficult for them. She’s kind of convincing herself that she’s not going to be scared. She chose this life no matter what. It’s going to be her and Spencer until the end.”
She also discussed the part at the end of the episode where she tells Spencer that she’ll go wherever he goes, even if “it’s to the death of me:”
“Taylor doesn’t write anything that he doesn’t mean! When I first read that, I was like uh-oh. I’m truly going on not knowing what is going to happen to her. We don’t know what their fate is.
I definitely think it means there are a lot more obstacles they are gonna have to go through before the end of the story.”
She also admitted that she can’t spill the details on when the two will actually make it to Montana.
And on top of that, she also admitted that she’s not exactly sure where she falls into relation to Kevin Costner, saying that Taylor Sheridan likes to keep that information a secret:
“Everyone was speculating when we first got to Cowboy Camp. There were many debates about the family line. We would all poke fun at each other and try to figure it out.
I was drawing out a family tree on the back of my script. We don’t fully know. Taylor keeps all those things quite a secret until he’s fully ready to show us the scripts.
But we have a very strong idea. That’s all I can say!”
So without further ado… mapping out the entire Dutton family, from 1883, to today.
The Dutton Family
The original patriarch of the Dutton Family, James (Tim McGraw) was a farmer from Tennessee who took his family out west in search of a new life. The husband of Margaret Dutton and father of Elsa, John and Spencer, he chose to establish the modern day Dutton Ranch where his daughter Elsa passed away.
The original matriarch of the Dutton Family, Margaret (Faith Hill) is married to James Dutton and the mother of Elsa, John and Spencer Dutton.
Elsa (Isabel May) was the eldest child of James and Margaret Dutton. She also serves as the narrator of both 1883 and 1923. She was going to marry a cowboy named Ennis, however, he was killed on the journey West. She vowed to return to a Comanche warrior named Sam once her family reached its destination, however she was killed in an attack on the wagon train. The Dutton Ranch property was established where she died, and she was the first to be buried there.
John Dutton (Audie Rick in 1883, James Badge Dale in 1923) is the son of James and Margaret Dutton, brother to Elsa and Spencer. He was just a young boy during the events of 1883, however in 1923, he works alongside his uncle Jacob on the Dutton Ranch. He is married to Emma Dutton, and they have at least one son, Jack.
Claire (Dawn Olivieri) is James Dutton’s sister, who joins the journey west with her daughter Mary Abel. A widow, she kills herself once her daughter is killed on the trail.
Jacob (Harrison Ford) is the brother of James Dutton, who becomes the leader of the family once James passes away. He and his wife, Cara Dutton, work to run the ranch with their nephews, John and Spencer, and John’s son Jack.
Cara (Helen Mirren) is the wife of Jacob Dutton. A hard-nosed Irish immigrant, she becomes the matriarch of the Dutton family in 1923, following the passing of Margaret and James.
Spencer (Brandon Sklenar) is the second son of James and Margaret Dutton. Born after the Duttons settled in Montana (and the death of his sister, Elsa), Spencer is a WWI vet who spends time hunting in Africa before returning back to Montana to work the ranch.
Emma (Marley Shelton) is the wife of John Dutton Sr. and the mother of Jack Dutton.
Jack (Darren Mann) works on the Dutton Ranch alongside his father, John Dutton Sr. and great-uncle, Jacob Dutton. He is engaged to Elizabeth Strafford, the daughter of another notable rancher.
My suspicion is that Jack may be the father of John Dutton II since the “II” title is generally used when the child is named after another relative, not the father. This is just a guess, but my hunch is that John Dutton won’t survive 1923, and Jack will name his first born son after his late father… John Dutton II.
Elizabeth (Michelle Randolph) is Jack’s fiancée. The two end up postponing their wedding briefly, but are planning on marrying very soon. She is also pregnant with Jack’s child.
John Dutton III
The modern day leader of the Dutton family and the current Governor of Montana. He is the father of Lee Dutton, Beth Dutton and Kayce Dutton, and the adoptive father of Jamie Dutton.
Evelyn (Gretchen Mol) is the wife of John Dutton III who passed away in a horseback riding accident when her children were young. She is the mother of Lee, Beth and Kayce Dutton.
Lee (Dave Annable) is the oldest son of John and Evelyn Dutton. The heir to the Dutton Ranch, Lee was killed by Robert Long (Monica’s brother) after an argument broke out over stolen cattle.
Beth (Kelly Reilly) is the daughter of John Dutton III and wife of Rip Wheeler, her father’s ranch foreman and right-hand man. Unable to have children of her own, her and Rip have taken in teenage Carter.
Rip (Cole Hauser) is the Yellowstone foreman and right-hand man of John Dutton III. He came to the Dutton Ranch as an orphaned teenager after he killed his own father (who killed his mother and brother). Teenage sweethearts, he eventually marries John’s daughter, Beth Dutton.
Kayce (Luke Grimes) is the youngest of the Dutton siblings, and a former Navy SEAL. He’s married to Monica Dutton and the father of Tate Dutton and John Dutton IV (deceased).
Monica (Kelsea Asbille) was raised on the Broken Rock Reservation. She is married to Kayce Dutton and the mother of Tate Dutton and John Dutton IV.
Tate (Brecken Merrill) is the oldest son of Kayce and Monica Dutton, the eldest of the 7th generation of Duttons.
John Dutton IV
John Dutton IV is the second son of Kayce and Monica Dutton, who tragically only lived a few hours following complications from an early birth and a car accident.
Jamie (Wes Bentley) is the adopted son of John Dutton III and the black sheep of the Dutton family.
Christina is Jamie’s ex assistant and the mother of his child.
James Dutton Jr.
The son of Jamie Dutton and his ex-girlfriend Christina, Jamie finds out he has a son after the birth.