The first season of Yellowstone prequel 1923 moseyed off into the sunset earlier this year, which means it's time to turn toward the horizon and consider what's next for the Dutton family. 1923, which stars Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren as Jacob and Cara Dutton, has been renewed for a second season on Paramount+. But like Spencer's (Brandon Sklenar) long journey from Africa back to Montana, 1923 has a long trek until it's back on our television screens for Season 2.
While we wait, we know you have questions, like when 1923 Season 2 will premiere, what it will be about, and who will be in it. We're compiling everything we know about the next season below.
In light of the writers strike, production on Season 2 of 1923 was "delayed indefinitely" in June, according to NBC Montana. The second season was originally scheduled to begin production in Butte, Montana, on June 5. As writers — and, now, actors — continue to strike for fair wages, there's been no word on a new timeline for the hit series to get back to work.
In early February, and just four episodes into Season 1, Paramount+ renewed 1923 for Season 2. It's a surprise because 1883 did not get a second season, but two seasons were always in Taylor Sheridan's plan for 1923. It's also a no-brainer for a show starring Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford, and a series that broke Paramount+ streaming records on its debut.
Each season of 1923 will consist of eight episodes. Season 2 is expected to be the last for 1923, bringing the series to a grand total of 16 episodes across both seasons.
No premiere date for Season 2 has been announced yet. We previously expected Season 2 to arrive sometime in 2024, but with the writers and actors strikes delaying production for an unknown time, that date could very well be pushed back.
While Season 1 takes place in 1923, there is no word yet on whether Season 2 will be renamed to 1924. What we do know is that several months have already passed in Season 1, and much more time will likely go by as Spencer makes the long, long trip back to Montana.
TV Guide's Liam Mathews reviewed the 1923 series premiere, calling it "an ambitious undertaking with a ton of potential that will give fans of Yellowstone a series that at times feels familiar and other times feels like it's expanding what Yellowstone can be." Read the review.
The spin-off, which was originally titled 1932 before producers changed the year in which it's set, takes place during the Prohibition era following World War I, with Montana experiencing an economic collapse ahead of the Great Depression. This sets the story about 30 or 35 years before the birth of Kevin Costner's character, John Dutton III, and 40 years after the events of 1883.
The official show description reads, "1923 focuses on the Dutton family's next two generations as they struggle to survive historic drought, lawlessness and Prohibition, and an epidemic of cattle theft; all battled beneath the cloud of Montana's great depression, which preceded the nation by almost a decade."
1883 followed the Dutton family's journey across the plains to Montana and explained how they came to settle there instead of their original destination of Oregon. Before James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret (Faith Hill) could make it all the way to the Pacific Northwest, their teenage daughter, Elsa (Isabel May), was shot through the liver by a Lakota arrow. James took her to die in a picturesque Montana valley that then became the Dutton homestead. As 1923 begins, James and Margaret have tragically died, and James' brother Jacob and his wife Cara have come to care for the ranch and for nephews John and Spencer. Spencer, a WWI veteran, has moved to Africa to hunt big game, while John has remained on the ranch, intending to take over for Jacob.
Here are the cast members whose characters survived the first season. Ford and Mirren have confirmed they will return for Season 2.
1923 streams exclusively on Paramount+, just like 1883.
Yellowstone airs on Paramount Network and streams on Peacock.