What Happened To James & Margaret Dutton After 1883 (Will They Be In 1923?)
James and Margaret Dutton were the lead characters of 1883, but what happened to them after the series ended and will they appear on 1923?
What happened to James and Margaret Dutton following the events of 1883, and will they reappear in the sequel series 1923? Writer/director Taylor Sheridan has created quite an empire off the back of Yellowstone. Not only has the show run for five seasons as of 2023, but Yellowstone also scored hit two spinoffs with 1883 and 1923. The former is arguably the most acclaimed of the bunch, and followed James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill), as they set out with their children on a grueling journey along the Oregon Trail. While it was initially believed there would be a second season,1883 was always planned as a miniseries.
Viewers became very invested in both James and Margaret as characters, with McGraw and Hill delivering committed, soulful performances. 1883 ended in heartbreak for them both, as they settled in Montana following the death of their daughter Elsa (Isabel May), where they established what would become the Yellowstone Ranch. 1923 picked up decades later, where James’ brother Jacob (Harrison Ford) and his wife Cara (Helen Mirren) face multiple crises running the ranch. Neither James nor Margaret appeared in 1923 season 1, and while there will be a second season to finish this chapter in the history of the Duttons, it seems unlikely either of them will appear.
James & Margaret Dutton Both Died Long Before 1923
James and Margaret first appeared during Yellowstone’s fourth season, during flashbacks set in 1893. This was a decade after they settled in Montana, with episode eight “No Kindness for the Coward” depicting James attacking a group of horse thieves while his family pray for him and his men’s safe return. James does return, but it turns out he’s been shot, with the first episode of 1923 confirming – via Elsa Dutton’s ghostly voiceover narration – that he died of that bullet shortly after. Elsa also reveals that Margaret wrote to Jacob to come help her and her sons at the ranch in the aftermath.
By the time he arrived, Jacob found Margaret had frozen to death in a snow drift, and the boys – John and Spencer – were nearly starved to death. In the decades following Margaret and James’ passing, Jacob and Cara would turn the ranch into a thriving cattle empire. By the time 1923 rolls around, they have to deal with sheep herders trespassing on their lands and other threats which escalate to a full-blown range war. The grown John Dutton Sr (James Badge Dale) – James and Margaret’s eldest son – is shot dead during the early stages of this conflict.