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1883 is the first episode of 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story. The episode aired on December 19, 2021.


The Dutton family embarks westward through the last bastion of untamed America. James arrives in Texas, where he and his family prepare to make their way through The Great Plains in search of a new home and the promise of opportunity.


In 1883, Elsa Dutton watches as a group of pioneers are slaughtered by a band of Native Americans on the Great Plains. She kills one, before being surrounded. Months earlier, former Union Army captain Shea Brennan cremates his wife and daughter after they die of smallpox. His partner Thomas arrives and prevents him from committing suicide when he informs of a Pinkerton job in Fort Worth, Texas. Shea and his partner Thomas depart for Forth Worth and observe James Dutton kill thieves who attempt to rob his covered wagon. Meanwhile, James' family (his wife, Margaret; 17-year-old daughter, Elsa; 5-year-old son, John; sister-in-law, Claire; and her teenage daughter, Mary Abel) travels to Fort Worth from Tennessee via train. James continues to encounter antagonistic criminals in town, while Shea and Thomas meet with a group of inexperienced German and Slavic immigrants who pay them for an escort to Oregon. After the Duttons arrive, the family stays at a hotel, and a drunken man enters Elsa's room and attempts to rape her before being killed by James. Realizing a partnership would be advantageous, Shea convinces James to accompany the wagon train to Oregon.


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Episode Deaths
  • Helen Brennan - Smallpox



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