Episode 4 of Yellowstone prequel 1883 is going to weed out anyone who turned in thinking the show would just be a more antique-y version of the modern-day Kevin Costner drama. On Sunday, the Paramount+ series defined itself with a slow-moving series of Western portraits that built toward the reveal of a masterpiece.
The tragic river-crossing scene was so much more than just that, but to get there, viewers needed to patiently wait through 45 minutes of setup.
The pacing and in-scene soundtrack to the drama is something that creator Taylor Sheridan has only toyed with on Yellowstone. Viewers of Ep. 4 of 1883 found Elsa Dutton (Isabel May) at a piano playing Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” as (unbeknownst to her) her mother (Faith Hill) was fighting for her life. This scene is the crux of the newest episode of Dutton Rules: A Yellowstone 1883 Podcast.
Hosts Adison Haager and Billy Dukes will also look at Elsa’s kissing scene and her amusing discovery, plus explain how far the Shea Brennan-led (Sam Elliott) group has gotten on this journey northwest. Hint: there’s a long way to go.
Click play to listen or, if you would rather listen later, find Dutton Rules on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Also, check out some of our recent video recaps and analysis below and join the conversation with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The episode wraps with a fan Q&A where the hosts admit they got something very wrong about the Season 4 finale of Yellowstone.