Just when you thought the timeline of Yellowstone couldn't get any more confusing, the franchise has once again thrown viewers off track. The mid-season finale of Season Five left fans on the edge of their seats, but then the series went on an indefinite hiatus. And just as we were expecting a sequel titled 1883, we were surprised with the announcement of a completely separate series set in the same time period called Lawman: Bass Reeves, which exists outside the Yellowstone universe. Now, Tim McGraw, who stars in 1883, has unintentionally confused fans once again. McGraw took to Instagram to post a clip of 1883, along with the caption, "Are you ready for a new episode of #1883TV? Tune in tonight at 8/7c on @paramountnetwork." This led fans to believe that a second season of the show was airing.
Many expressed their excitement and desire for more seasons in the comments section. Unfortunately, there are no new episodes of 1883 at the moment. Due to a combination of the franchise's hiatus and the SAG-AFTRA strike, Paramount decided to air previously paywalled episodes of shows like 1883 on a weekly basis. Previously, only Paramount+ subscribers had access to watch 1883. So when McGraw mentioned a new episode, he simply meant that Episode Four of 1883 was airing on Paramount that night. For those still hoping for a Season Two of 1883, the reality is that it's highly unlikely. As fans of the show know, the limited series doesn't leave many characters alive to continue the story. Creator Taylor Sheridan even joked about this in an interview, saying, "[Paramount was] like, there better be a Season Two because we already picked it up. I'm sitting here going, 'Guys, everyone is dead.'" But just because there won't be a Season Two, doesn't mean Sheridan is done with the Yellowstone universe.
In addition to new series like Special Ops: Lioness and the upcoming Bass Reeves, Sheridan is working on a sequel to the flagship show, with Matthew McConaughey set to star. He's also reportedly working on a 6666 spinoff and multiple limited series set in different time periods, such as the 1950s and 1960s. If you're a fan of Yellowstone, there's no shortage of content coming your way. Sheridan is making sure to keep the franchise alive and thriving with new and exciting projects. So while there may not be more episodes of 1883, the Yellowstone universe is expanding, and there's plenty more to look forward to in the future.