On February 15, fans of 1883 rejoiced when Paramount+ announced it ordered more episodes of the Yellowstone prequel series. Though there was some confusion over how these episodes would be included. Would they be tacked on to the current episodes? Or would they form a brand-new, second season?
Fans finally got their answer. One of the show’s executive producers, David Glasser, confirmed the show is not getting a second season. Glasser told The Hollywood Reporter the newly-announced 1932 series “was always intended to be the second season” of 1883.
But it is true that more episodes of 1883 are coming. As Glasser said:
“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 [show creator] Taylor [Sheridan]. 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.“
Glasser did not reveal when filming for these additional episodes will start. Nor did he share if any of the main cast members are returning.
Speaking of 1883 and Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, he also described why 1883 is not getting a second season.
In an interview with Deadline, Sheridan said:
“ I created this peek through time to show you this one specific journey. I’m not someone who likes to tie everything up in a bow and explain how everyone lived happily after, or didn’t. I’d rather you imagine it, and wonder what Thomas and Noemi made of their lives. You never get to see how James and Margaret move on. You did seem them in a [Yellowstone] flashback as having moved on, and so that’s what I cared to explore. On to the next peek through the window. I also wanted to create something you could watch and be completely enthralled and fulfilled, having never seen Yellowstone. Let it live on its own merits.”
“Yes for those fans of Yellowstone, there are some real Easter eggs and understanding you can take away from that, that informs the way you watch Yellowstone. I like that model. For me, as a storyteller it feels close ended. I’m going to peek through the window of a different era and see what I see then.”
Sheridan has the same goal for 1932. He says viewers should be able to watch the future series without having any knowledge of what happens in 1883 or Yellowstone.
But if you haven’t seen 1883 yet, it’s definitely worth checking out. Watch the preview for its emotional season finale below. We’re looking forward to the extra episodes and the premiere of 1932.