'1883' NOT returning for Season 2? Taylor Sheridan says series felt 'close-ended'

Confirming that the period drama has ended, Sheridan said that he would now be focusing entirely on '1932'


                            '1883' NOT returning for Season 2? Taylor Sheridan says series felt 'close-ended'
Tim McGraw (L) as James Dutton in a still from '1883' (Paramount+)
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Taylor Sheridan created '1883' as an answer to those who were inquisitive about the origins of the Duttons and how the family set up the ranch in Montana. The 10-episode prequel to 'Yellowstone' premiered in December 2021 on Paramount+ and followed an earlier generation of the Dutton family as they fled poverty, journeying from Fort Worth, Texas to Montana, and eventually setting up what would be called the Yellowstone Ranch.

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Talks of the period drama's renewal for a second season began right before the finale dropped, accompanying news of 'Yellowstone' being renewed for another season. However, '1883' creator and director Taylor Sheridan has confirmed that the series will not be returning, adding that he's "not someone who likes to tie everything up in a bow and explain how everyone lived happily after" and that he'd rather have the fans imagine what Thomas, Noemi, James, and Margaret "made of their lives." 

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Speaking to Deadline after the conclusion of the maiden season of '1883,' Sheridan said that he had "created this peek through time" just to show "one specific journey." While the series was a treat for fans of 'Yellowstone,' Sheridan had created it for everyone, wanting people to be "enthralled and fulfilled" by it without ever having even seen 'Yellowstone.' Sheridan concluded the line of discussion by saying '1883' felt "close-ended" to him as a storyteller and that he would be focusing entirely on '1932.'

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The addition of a new prequel series to the 'Yellowstone' franchise was announced on February 15, with an official synopsis that highlighted that the show would be about "a new generation of Duttons during the time of Western expansion, Prohibition and Great Depression." The announcement came with a statement from ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment bigwig Chris McCarthy, who said that Taylor Sheridan's "brilliant and gifted storytelling" would create '1932' in the same manner that 'Yellowstone' and '1883' were made. 

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Paramount+ is yet to announce a release date or the cast and crew for '1932' but we can expect an announcement from them anytime soon!

Keep an eye on this space for we'll be updating it with information as it comes!