The second season of 1883 is going to be coming in October, but how many episodes are we really going to get? Will there be standalone episodes, and will there be an outlaw fugitive?
Taylor Sheridan’s idea
Taylor Sheridan created the 1883 prequel series in just seven months. He did it while working on eight other shows. It’s a success. In fact, it’s the biggest Paramount+ title to date.
Sheridan has received millions of dollars for the scripts he writes. He has worked on projects starring Sam Elliott, Billy Bob Thornton, and Tom Hanks. His latest project, Lioness, is a fact-based drama.
The first two episodes of 1883 will be available on Paramount+. After that, fans will have to subscribe to the service to see the entire show. However, Sheridan teased that he has plans for a Texas-set spinoff series.
As for his next project, Sheridan is working on another series that explores “the greatest frontier hero.” That’s no secret. He’s also written for Sylvester Stallone. And he’s worked on the film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse.
If all goes well, Sheridan could have six new series on air by the end of 2022. So far, his Yellowstone prequel series has generated a huge fan base.
Tim McGraw’s idea
Tim McGraw has an idea for 1883 Season 2, but he doesn’t know how it’s going to turn out. He told Marc Malkin, who’s hosting a podcast called Just for Variety, that “it’s all up in the air, but it’s something I’m really excited about.”
The original 1883 was a series about the Dutton family. The show follows James Dutton (played by McGraw) and his wife Margaret as they migrate west with their two children. They are traveling with a group of migrants from different cultures.
The couple travels on the Oregon Trail, where they encounter hardships and conflict. They eventually end up in Montana. Elsa, a teenage daughter of the Duttons, is caught between the rules of the wilderness and social conventions. She gets an arrow wound in her liver. In the penultimate episode, she’s back on horse.
Although Paramount+ doesn’t officially confirm a second season of 1883, the streaming service did announce plans for a new Yellowstone prequel, which will center on a new generation of Duttons during the Great Depression. Harrison Ford will star, along with Helen Mirren.
Will there be standalone episodes?
The first season of 1883 was a smash hit for Paramount+. The series followed the Duttons as they journeyed the American Wild West. It was also the most-watched original-series debut on the service. That success set the stage for a second season. However, it’s still unclear whether the original cast will return for the new season.
One potential option would be a made-for-television film. This could help keep the series standalone. In order to make it work, though, Paramount and Sheridan would need to get a new, unrelated storyline off the ground.
Another potential way to accomplish this is through flashbacks. If the prequel cast were to film an episode, the storyline could follow the events that occurred between 1883 and 1932. These could be similar to what happened in the show.
Some fans have speculated about the possibility of a separate season for both 1883 and 1932. But it would require a lot of creative rewriting and the creation of a different timeline.
Will there be an outlaw fugitive?
The prequel series 1883 was a success on Paramount Plus. Now, the series has been renewed for a second season. However, details about the new episodes are still being kept under wraps.
Season two will continue to explore the story of the Dutton family, who migrated from Kansas to Montana in the late 1800s. They have to figure out how to live without alcohol and navigate the Great Depression.
David Oyelowo has been confirmed to play the title role in the series, but details about his character are yet to be announced. He will also serve as executive producer.
Although Paramount has not stated whether the original cast will be returning, it is possible they will. In addition, the company is also developing eight other projects, including a miniseries about the legendary lawman Bass Reeves. As a result, there is a chance that these characters will not appear in 1883.
The 1883 prequel series has become a hit, though fans have been unsure how the show will end. A cliffhanger finale left some characters stranded across the American northwest.