1923 fans 'crushed' by long wait for episode 5 as show goes on break

Harrison Ford in 1923
Harrison Ford in 1923 (Image credit: Emerson Miller/Paramount+)

Just as things are heating up in the fight between the Duttons and Banner Creighton, 1923 is hitting the brakes, at least for a few weeks, as the next episode of the Yellowstone prequel series, 1923 episode 5, is not airing until Sunday, February 5. 

The near month-long gap comes as a surprise to many fans, who were really getting into this new chapter in the history of the Dutton family.

1923 follows the Duttons in the early part of the 20th century, as prohibition, the beginning of the Great Depression and westward expansion hits Montana. Specifically, it tracks Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford), his wife Cara (Helen Mirren) and younger generations of the Duttons as they get into a deadly fight over their land. 

The series also focuses on Spencer Dutton (Brandon Sklenar), who is trying to find himself in Africa after serving in World War I. Darren Mann, Michelle Randolph, Jerome Flynn, Julia Schlaepfer, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves and Timothy Dalton are also part of the main 1923 cast.

The most recent episode of 1923, episode 4, premiered exclusively on Paramount Plus on Sunday, January 8.

Fans of Taylor Sheridan were in TV heaven for a stretch, as for a time they had three of his shows airing simultaneously, with Yellowstone season 5, the first season of Tulsa King and the first four episodes of 1923. Now, Tulsa King has wrapped up its first season, Yellowstone season 5 is on its midseason break until summer 2023 and 1923 is hitting pause. Fans weren't thrilled at the prospect of the delay.

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Why are we getting this month-long delay? There's no official word. The previous Yellowstone prequel, 1883, took a small break about halfway through its run in 2022, but that was just a week.

One possibility could be the 2023 NFL playoffs that start on January 14. CBS (and Paramount Plus) are going to be showing games each of the next three weekends, with multiple games airing on each Sunday. 

Whatever the reason, fans are going to have four weeks before they see how 1923 continues. That gives anyone who isn't up to date with the series the chance to do so, with all episodes available to stream on Paramount Plus.

To whet your appetite for 1923's return, watch the midseason trailer right here:

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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).