[This story contains spoilers from 1883, 1923 and Yellowstone season five.]
With every new sequence within the megahit Yellowstone franchise, a brand new technology of Duttons emerges. After launching in 2018 with Kevin Costner’s central patriarch John Dutton and his fast household, creator Taylor Sheridan traveled again in time to broaden the franchise and introduce elder generations of Duttons, first with the one season of 1883 and now with the sequence 1923, which has been renewed for a second season.
The Dutton household tree has branched out as Yellowstone has been airing, with the flagship sequence at the moment on the midway level in its fifth and closing run. First, viewers adopted James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Religion Hill) on their household’s treacherous journey west by way of the Nice Plains in 1883, a trek that will in the end result in what turns into the Yellowstone ranch of the flagship sequence. And later, 1923 would introduce the viewers to Jacob (Harrison Ford) and Cara Dutton (Helen Mirren), the Duttons who get the Yellowstone Ranch up and operating after the premature deaths of James and Margaret.
With each of the sequel sequence going down many years earlier than Yellowstone‘s John (Costner) is even born, it’s useful to grasp who’s who within the household saga, particularly since revisiting the previous helps to reframe the current. Yellowstone is now re-airing Sundays on CBS as a part of the community’s reworked fall schedule amid Hollywood’s ongoing twin strikes, and 1883 and 1923 can be found to stream on Paramount+. (The second-half of the ultimate season of Yellowstone is delayed attributable to a Costner contract dispute that preceded the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, grinding productions like Yellowstone to a halt amid the work stoppage.)
Under, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down every technology of Duttons, together with what we’ve realized through interviews with Sheridan and his sprawling forged.
James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Religion Hill); Claire nee Dutton (Daybreak Olivieri); Jacob (Harrison Ford) and Cara Dutton (Helen Mirren)
1883 launched on Paramount+ in 2021, three years into Yellowstone‘s run. The Western restricted sequence, which is ready within the 12 months 1883, was narrated by fundamental character Elsa Dutton (Isabel Might), the daughter to James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Religion Hill). The prequel sequence traced the Dutton lineage again to James Dutton and his sister Claire nee Dutton (performed by Daybreak Olivieri; the actress who would additionally go on to play fixer Sarah Atwood in later seasons of Yellowstone), who died by suicide early within the season. Her daughter Mary Abel (Emma Malouff) additionally died; viewers by no means met Claire’s husband, named Henry Dutton. Viewers would later meet the brother to James and Claire in 1923: Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford) and his spouse Cara (Helen Mirren).
Elsa Dutton (Isabel Might); Spencer (Brandon Sklenar) and Alex Dutton (Julia Schlaepfer); John Sr. (James Badge Daly) and Emma Dutton (Marley Shelton)
The opening of 1883 set the tone for what would lie forward within the sequence when it opened with a flash-forward: The scene that will convey concerning the premature loss of life of heroine Elsa. Her spirit, nonetheless, would proceed on within the franchise as Might went on to relate the following prequel sequence, 1923. Talking from the grave as Elsa, she knowledgeable viewers that her mother and father, James and Margaret, died after the occasions of 1883; first James, adopted by Margaret. However earlier than her loss of life, Margaret wrote a letter to her husband’s brother, Jacob, who then discovered and raised Elsa’s surviving brothers, John Sr. and Spencer.
1883 viewers met John Sr. as a younger boy, performed by Audie Rick. Spencer, nonetheless, hadn’t but been born.
“Upon my father’s loss of life, my mom wrote to his brother, begging that he convey his household to this wild land and save hers,” Elsa defined in voiceover in 1923. “A 12 months later, he arrived to seek out my mom frozen in a snow drift, her two boys half-starved and barely capable of converse. He raised them as his personal and took my father’s dream and made it into an empire. Then the empire crumbled.”
Sheridan defined of his determination to leap the sequence to the 12 months 1923: “I selected that second in time to peek again in since you’re seeing the kids that we’ve met in 1883 making an attempt to lift one other technology of Dutton.” Yellowstone viewers will recall a flashback in season 4, which launched James and Margaret, in addition to a younger John and Spencer, when James was shot (that scene served as real-life couple McGraw and Hill’s audition, giving Sheridan the thought to heart them in 1883).
1923 launched the boys as adults, with John Sr. performed by James Badge Dale and Spencer performed by Brandon Sklenar. John Sr., who didn’t have any kids with spouse Emma (Marley Shelton), suffers an premature loss of life early on in 1923, pivoting the sequence to deal with Spencer and setting him as much as be the Dutton to take over the Yellowstone ranch from an ailing Jacob. Season one ended with a Spencer-heavy cliffhanger, as he was separated from his new bride Alex (Julia Schlaepfer).
Jack (Darren Mann) and Liz Dutton (Michelle Randolph)
After 5 seasons of Yellowstone and journeys again in time to 1883 and 1923, one over-arching query stays: Who’s John Dutton’s grandfather? Yellowstone viewers have been launched to his aged father, John Dutton Sr., performed by Dabney Coleman, in a season two flashback. John’s mom has but to seem or be named. Now that the viewers has met the technology that preceded him on 1923, a guessing recreation even among the many franchise forged has begun about which character Sheridan will disclose to be the Dutton son who begins the Yellowstone household line.
Some viewers imagine Spencer is John’s grandfather, and that he and Alex may have a baby down the road. Whereas others imagine that John Sr.’s son, Jack (Darren Mann), serves that function. Later episodes of 1923 revealed that Jack’s pregnant spouse, Liz (Michelle Randolph), had a miscarriage, and he or she and Jack accepted they could not be capable to have a baby. In line with Sklenar, Sheridan hasn’t but revealed who’s who, even to the forged. “It’s one thing that Taylor is protecting very near the vest. I’ve my very own theories, but it surely’s to be instructed, to be written, to be seen. He’s all the time transferring all that stuff round,” Sklenar instructed THR in the course of the first season (and reiterated after the finale). “We wish to debate what we expect,” echoed Randolph.
Yellowstone star Wes Bentley mentioned one thing comparable when requested about his onscreen father’s lineage. “I’ve seen the [Dutton family tree] circulate charts on-line. However I’m ready for Taylor to essentially reveal issues. I understand how he writes. So I’m going to wipe these away for now. Good first draft, however let’s see what’s coming down the road,” he instructed THR after the season 5 midseason finale of Yellowstone.
And it’s even a thriller nonetheless to the franchise’s all-knowing narrator. “You can spend your time theorizing, all the ability to you. I’d slightly simply be instructed! Ultimately, all of us will,” Might not too long ago instructed THR.
John (Kevin Costner) and Evelyn Dutton (Gretchen Mol)
Skipping forward to John Dutton III (Costner) brings viewers again round to the Yellowstone flagship sequence, which follows the starring Montana cattle rancher (who has made his transformation right into a politician by season 5) and his kids because the household desperately holds onto their ranch amid evolving instances. Following the loss of life of his younger spouse Evelyn Dutton (Gretchen Mol), the household suffers one other premature loss of life when his oldest baby, Lee Dutton (Dave Annable), is killed within the sequence premiere. Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley), Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) stay alive and fiery within the fifth season. John’s brother Peter, it’s additionally revealed, died shortly after childbirth.
Lee Dutton (Dave Annable); Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley); Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) and Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser); Kayce (Luke Grimes) and Monica Dutton (Kelsey Asbille)
The ghost of Lee returned in a key second of Yellowstone in season 4 to assist information Kayce throughout a imaginative and prescient quest that will change the arc of his story. With Kayce largely forming his personal path with spouse Monica Dutton (Kelsey Asbille) and their surviving son Tate (Brecken Merrill), the battle for the legacy of Yellowstone boils all the way down to estranged siblings Jamie and Beth, who have been final seen on the sequence waging a warfare in opposition to each other. On Beth’s facet of the battle is John in addition to her husband Rip (Cole Hauser), who performs the devoted, Yellowstone ranch hand.
The Future Duttons
Preteen Tate Dutton, son to Kayce and Monica, leads the youngest technology of Duttons. Jamie’s unnamed toddler son with ex Christina (Katherine Cunningham) has been largely absent from the fifth season. Beth and husband Rip, in the meantime, have all-but adopted teen cowboy Carter (Finn Little), nonetheless, he’s not within the Dutton bloodline.