The Duttons are in for a rough ride…
1923 spoilers follow.
It’s official, the story will continue into another batch of episodes from 1923.
In the first season, the Yellowstone prequel put the Duttons through the wringer and they only just about survived. But now we have had some time to process, we’re left wondering what’s next for the ranch family.
Not only do they have the possession of their livelihood to worry about, but also a killing thanks to Spencer Dutton, which is sure to stoke plenty of discourse in the coming season.
So when will 1923 be getting a second season? Here’s everything you need to know.
1923 season 2 potential release date: When’s it on?
1923 fans are in for a treat. Paramount+ has already confirmed that the Dutton origin story will be getting a second season.
The prequel received the renewal news in February 2023 following a record-breaking first season, which saw the show become one of the most-watched premieres on cable in the US in 2022.
The first season of 1923 landed in December 2022, so fans might have been wondering whether they’d be getting a new season by the end of the year.
Sadly, this is looking more and more unlikely as 1923 season two is now officially delayed as a result of the ongoing Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) strikes in Hollywood.
In June 2023, it was confirmed that production of the Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren-led show, which had been due to start in Montana, had been paused indefinitely.
Even more disappointingly, the stars of the show wouldn’t bank on there being another season to follow the second.
When asked whether 1923 (initially a limited series) could go on further than season two Brandon Sklenar told The Hollywood Reporter: “No, it’s bookended. It’s still ‘limited,’ I still kind of think of it as one piece. There’s just a split in the middle but it’s all one piece. It will conclude at the end of that.”
Cara Dutton actress Helen Mirren added: “I like things to have a beginning, middle and end and endings are always very difficult.
“Shakespeare could never do an ending, so I love it when you have the satisfaction of the whole journey and then it’s over [as opposed to it] dribbling on and on.”
It’s impossible to tell at this stage how long viewers will have to wait for season two to be ready to make its debut into the world, but make sure to check back here for all the latest updates.
Luckily for fans, 1923 is just a part of the burgeoning Yellowstone collection which includes 1883 and 6666 (still in development) but if you’re all caught up with what’s out there viewers can look forward to another instalment coming later this year.
The 1883 spinoff The Bass Reeves Story is set to arrive on November 5 and has been pegged as the first of an anthology series that will follow the lawman’s journey on the road to becoming the renowned hero, whilst also delving into the story of other historical figures.
Paramount+ has already released the first-look images and a teaser trailer to keep your 1923 appetite at bay while you wait for more news on its release.
1923 season 2 cast: Who will be coming back?
Not everyone made it out of season one of 1923 alive. During his scuffle with Spencer and Alexandra, Arthur Jr (Alexandra’s former fiancé and the son of the Earl of Sussex), was tossed over the rails into the sea, where he met a watery death.
Brandon Sklenar, who plays Spencer, has pegged Arthur’s death as accidental, telling USA Today: “It was kind of a reactionary move, the guy was coming at him with a gun. It happened. [Spencer] didn’t consciously mean to kill him.”
Intentional or not, Arthur is toast. However, we do expect the following to return next season:
• Helen Mirren as Cara Dutton
• Darren Mann as Jack Dutton
• Brandon Sklenar as Spencer Dutton
• Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton
• Robert Patrick as Sheriff William McDowell
• Michelle Randolph as Elizabeth Strafford
• Jerome Flynn as Banner Creighton
• Aminah Nieves as Teonna Rainwater
• Timothy Dalton as Donald Whitfield
• Sebastian Roché as Father Renaud
Harrison Ford confirmed he would definitely be back as patriarch Jacob, as he told The Hollywood Reporter: “I really didn’t realise how much work 1923 was going to be, and I absolutely feel it’s worth it. I’m excited to do another season.”
In an interview with Town & Country, Helen Mirren, who plays Jacob’s wife, revealed how pleased she was to be returning to the role of Cara in the second season, saying it was “very happy news as far as I was concerned”.
“Doing this sort of work is a journey into the unknown,” she continued. “I’m fascinated to see where Cara is going to go. Taylor (Sheridan, the series’ showrunner) did say she is very much of her era, she’s looking after the house. That is what her job is. But then he said, ‘Wait, things are going to happen’. So we’ll see.”
1923 season 2 plot: What will happen?
Well, the script is still in the making, so anything could happen. Fates could be changing right now, but here’s what we assume will happen based on what that tense finale revealed.
The season wrapped with Donald Whitfield paying the Yellowstone ranch’s property tax. With the possession of the farm resting in his hands, the Duttons are facing a pretty uncertain future – that is, unless they can scrape together enough to pay him back. What they will have to resort to in order to achieve that is the more pressing question.
Elizabeth is also sure to be in the depths of emotional turmoil following her miscarriage, which should make her story arc next season both tender and intense.
For newlyweds Alexandra and Spencer, the honeymoon is over and the fallout from Arthur’s death is likely to follow them into season two.
Spencer has more to deal with beyond the royal family – or so Cara’s letter reveals. In the show’s final scene of the season, Cara can be seen reading the letter she wrote to Spencer.
It reads: “Spencer, I fear everything your parents fought so hard to build is being ripped from us. You are its only hope; you are our only hope. You must hurry, Spencer. Or there will be nothing left to fight for.”
She then crumples up the letter before tossing it in the snow and walking home.
The cast has a pretty long wishlist for season two, as many of them revealed earlier this spring.
“I would love for Alex to make it to the ranch and meet the family,” Julia Schlaepfer said at The Hollywood Reporter‘s THR Presents panel. “I hope we get to see some of her own strength come out now that she’s on her own. I want to meet the Dutton women. I think that that would be a lot of fun – and Teonna, we all want to meet Teonna.”
“I just want Teonna to experience what it feels like to be a child and what it feels like to be surrounded by love,” Aminah Nieves said. “I just want [to] see her running in the woods and playing… I also want Teonna to meet the Duttons. I think that’ll be incredible. I want a scene with all my best friends here.”
“I’d love to see Elizabeth find a purpose that might not be her family,” said Michelle Randolph. “Her whole driving force the entire first season is her love story and wanting to be a mother. And I think there’s so much more strength to Elizabeth than what we’ve been able to see so far. So in the second season, I’d like to see her get outside, get on a horse, have some grit to her.”
“I hope I get to pop Timothy Dalton in the face, maybe shoot from horse,” Darren Mann said. “Avenge Yellowstone, and me and my girl live happily ever after.”
“Like Brandon and Darren, I have some unfinished business at this point,” said Brian Geraghty. “Let’s just kill a lot of people.”
“I’m sick of writing letters,” Mirren declared. “Don’t expect any more letters from me.”
Meanwhile, Brandon Sklenar has teased some changes for his character Spencer Dutton in season two, hinting that he’ll be a “different man” when we next see him (what do you expect, after where we left him?)
“He’s at such a loss at that point, it’s as if he’s lost everything, and he feels like it’s his fault,” he told TVLine.
Referencing more hardships and being split from his wife Alexandra in season one’s finale, he added: “At the end there, when they’re separated, he is pretty much in a place where he’s not sure that he’ll ever see her again at all, or if he’s ever going to see his family.”
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Sklenar also said he expects there to be a tonal shift in season two due to Spencer’s split from Alex.
“All I know about part two is that I’m certain there’s going to be a shift in the tone, just for Spencer and the show itself,” he said. “The stakes all around have been raised to a new level, and the pain and the guilt that he’s carrying into this next part is going to shape him into a version of himself that we haven’t seen yet.”
1923 season 2 trailer: When can I watch it?
We’re in for a long wait considering the production status at the moment but, rest assured, as soon as we get wind of a 1923 season 2 trailer, you’ll be the first to know.