‘1883’ finale offers major clue to ‘Yellowstone’ future


Time has a way of catching up with people, but when the amount in question is worth seven generations, it’s easy to get caught unsuspecting. When the Dutton clan returns for season five of Yellowstone later this year, that could be exactly what happens to them.

Let me (via an ace fan theory) explain.

In the bonus features of the season four DVD release of YellowstoneTim McGraw is interviewed about James Dutton, the role he plays in 1883. In this feature film, he confirms that he plays the great-great-grandfather of John Dutton. For the math deficient (you’re not alone), let’s get your fingers out. This means John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner) is the fifth generation of Duttons to live on the Yellowstone Ranch. Kayce is the sixth. Tate is the seventh. Why is all this important? Alright, let me pass it on to a brilliant fan on Reddit, who points out the following:

In the final of 1883, with Elsa dying (spoiler alert, sorry), James desperately searches for a place to rest his daughter. He talks with a Native American named Spotted Eagle (fun fact: actor Graham Greene was also in dance with wolves with Costner and also Taylor Sheridan wind river) who tells him that he will allow the Duttons to settle on their land, but that in seven generations his people will rise up and take it back. To that, James said, “You can have it.”


Jump ahead 130 odd years and there are also other signs that this time is coming. At the start of season four, after John has been shot, the foreground features seven (!!) crows circling above John’s lifeless body. One of them drops to the ground and picks up a casing. This could all potentially be coincidence (crows, sadly, love shiny things), but the details are pretty accurate.

Later, in the season finale, we also get Kayce’s journey with the Broken Rock Tribe. When he returns to Monica at the end of the episode and she asks him what he saw, Kayce tells her that he saw the end of both of them. Does this mean their marriage? Their lives? Who knows. Tate’s death could also play a role. There is no concrete confirmation that the Crow people and the inhabitants of the Broken Rock reservation share the same lineage, but for plot reasons, let’s say they do.

This would mean that the only heir to the country bloodline we have come across is Tate, on the Dutton side and the Raven side. As we’ve long suspected, Tate is almost certainly key to ending the series, but exactly how much blood will the Dutton family shed before the Crows return and take what’s theirs?

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