1923: next episode, cast and everything we know about the Yellowstone prequel

Darren Mann aiming a gun in 1923
Darren Mann aiming a gun in 1923 (Image credit: Emerson Miller/Paramount+)

For those of us who were sad when it turned out that 1883 was more of a limited series (myself included), don't worry, we have a brand new Yellowstone prequel series, 1923

The new series — which represents another phase of the Dutton Family's origin story — was originally titled 1932, but made the switch to 1923... bringing the show a little closer, in time, to 1883 and potentially allowing some of those familiar characters to be in the new story.

Taylor Sheridan is once again the creative force behind this story in the Yellowstone universe, which like 1883 is set to be a Paramount Plus original series. It's actually just one of multiple projects that Sheridan is creating for Paramount, including Yellowstone season 5, The Tulsa King, Lioness and The Bass Reeves Story.

Paramount Plus announced in early February that 1923 would return for a second season

Here is everything that we know about 1923, the latest Yellowstone prequel.

When is the next 1923 episode?

It's time for the 1923 season 1 finale, releasing on Paramount Plus on Sunday, February 26, for US subscribers and Monday, February 27, for those in the UK. No synopsis for the episode is available, but we know that it is called "Nothing Left to Loose."

Check out what we think might happen in the episode with our 1923 season 1 finale predictions piece.

1923 plot

The Dutton family are the main characters of Yellowstone and these prequel series are telling the stories of the family before the events of Yellowstone. While 1883 followed the Duttons as they took part in a wagon train from Texas to their eventual home in Montana, 1923 brings things to a crucial point in the 20th century. Here is the official synopsis from Paramount Plus:

"The next Yellowstone origin story will introduce a new generation of the Dutton family and explore the early 20th century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west and the Duttons who call it home."

Now that 1923 season 1 has come to an end, if you want a breakdown of what happened with all the major characters, check out our 1923 season 1 ending explained feature.

1923 episodes

Here is the official synopses for all 1923 episodes that have been released so far:

1923 episode 1, "1923"
"Jacob quashes a dispute between cattle ranchers and sheep herders. Cara informs Liz of the sacrifices of marrying into the Dutton family. Another Dutton finds himself far from home." Read WTW's recap of 1923 episode 1.

1923 episode 2, "Nature's Empty Throne"
"Jacob and the Yellowstone cowboys save one of their own before deciding their next move. Teonna continues to endure at the hands of Sister Mary. Cara and Emma discuss Elizabeth and Jack. Alexandra makes a bold decision." Read WTW's recap of 1923 episode 2.

1923 episode 3, "The War Has Come Home"
"Jacob, Cara, and the Duttons go into town to take care of some business, and pleasure. Spencer and Alexandra decide they won't waste any time, and later find new danger. The Duttons realize the feud with the sheepherders is far from over." Read WTW's recap of 1923 episode 3.

1923 episode 4, "War and the Turquoise Tide"
"In the wake of the attack, Cara and the Duttons carefully plan heir next move. Spencer and Alexandra enjoy the pleasure of Zanzibar, unaware of what has happened back home. Banner Creighton seeks a powerful ally." Read WTW's recap of 1923 episode 4.

1923 episode 5, "Ghost of Zebrina"
"Spencer and Alexandra begin their long journey back to Montana. Banner and Whitfield plot their next move to control the valley. Teonna goes to great lengths to secure her freedom and safety." Read WTW's recap of 1923 episode 5.

1923 episode 6, "One Ocean Closer to Destiny"
"In the wake of the tugboat crash, the next step in Spencer and Alexandra's fate is revealed. Cara and McDowell begin hiring new Livestock Officers. Teonna covers her tracks as Marshalls come looking. Jacob gains strength." Read WTW's recap of 1923 episode 6.

1923 episode 7, "The Rule of Five Hundred"
"Banner Creighton is met with a surprise, as the feud with the Duttons takes an unexpected turn. Captain Shipley says his goodbyes to Spencer and Alexandra as the next leg of their journey commences. Teonna continues to fight for her safety." Read WTW's recap of 1923 episode 7.

1923 episode 8, "Nothing Left to Lose"
"The feud between Whitfield, Banner, and the Duttons reaches the point of no return. Spencer and Alexandra encounter a different kind of peril on their passenger ship home. Marshalls track Teonna, who finds a rare respite of hope." Read WTW's recap of 1923 episode 8.

1923 trailer

Now that we're four episodes in to 1923, Paramount Plus is teasing what is coming up with a mid-season trailer for the show (and the surprising news that new episodes aren't coming until the start of February). Watch the trailer here.

If you're just trying to figure out if 1923 is something you want to start, watch the official trailer and other promo videos directly below.

Taylor Sheridan breaks down what fans can expect from 1923 with this behind-the-scenes look.

Plus, here's an extended look at the series:

1923 cast

1923 has assembled quite the cast. Headlining things are two A-list stars: Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford.

Ford is set to play Jacob Dutton, the patriarch of Yellowstone ranch at the start of the series and brother of James Dutton, who was played by Tim McGraw in 1883. Mirren plays Cara Dutton, Jacob's wife and the Dutton matriarch.

Additional members of the cast include James Badge Dale (The Pacific), Marley Shelton (Scream), Timothy Dalton (The Crown), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Brian Geraghty (Big Sky), Darren Mann (Animal Kingdom), Michelle Randolph (A Snow White Christmas), Brandon Sklenar (The Offer), Aminah Nieves (Blueberry), Julia Schlaepfer (The Politician), Jennifer Ehle (She Said) and Peter Stormare (Fargo).

Get more info on the 1923 cast right here. And learn how each of the characters are connected with the Dutton family tree.

Read WTW's interview with James Badge Dale and Marley Shelton, where they discuss working with Taylor Sheridan and connections to Yellowstone.

Also check out our mid-season interview with Julia Schlaepfer, discussing what's in store for the second half of the season for Alex and Spencer.

How to watch 1923

1923 is going to be available on Paramount Plus, which does require a subscription to watch. For US consumers, there are options between an ad-supported and an ad-free version of Paramount Plus, for UK and international markets, there's just the one subscription plan.

Paramount Plus subscribers can also catch up with the other Yellowstone prequel series 1883. US consumers wanting to stream past seasons of Yellowstone need to have access to Peacock, while those outside of the US can also stream it on Paramount Plus.

Michael Balderston

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 Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.