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Behind Us, A Cliff is the second episode of 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story. The episode aired on December 19, 2021.


Thomas and Shea recruit James and some local cowboys to corral a herd of cattle. As they begin their journey, the caravan is confronted with some of the many dangers they will face along the way.


In a flashback to 1862, James is comforted by General George Meade following the Confederate loss at the Battle of Antietam. In the present, Shea, James, and Thomas prepare for the journey west. Shea hires two cowboys, Wade and Ennis, and purchases cattle. As the wagon train departs, tensions rise between the Americans and the immigrants, as interpreter Josef struggles to keep his group in line with Shea's perceived harsh decisions. A group of riders approach the wagon train, resulting in a confrontation caused by Claire throwing a rock at the leader. A shootout ensues, leaving Mary Abel and some immigrants dead. Shea, Thomas, James, and Josef team up with Jim Courtright to track down the killers. Claire commits suicide and the group continues west.


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Special Guest Star

Guest Cast

Recurring Cast

Episode Deaths
  • Mary Abel Dutton - Shot by Clyde Barker and his Gang
  • Clyde Barker - Shot by Marshal Jim Courtright
  • Claire Dutton - Suicide



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