When it made its debut in 2018, Yellowstone became a television sensation. The drama, led by Kevin Costner, quickly captured the hearts of viewers, and it was no surprise when a spin-off series was ordered. American actress Kelsey Asbille Chow plays Monica Dutton in the Yellowstone TV series.
Spin-offs have been a successful tactic in television, from sitcoms like Cheers and Frasier, to dramas like Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and more recently, Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. However, Yellowstone's spin-off, 1883, has a unique twist. The prequel to its predecessor is only planned for one season. Nevertheless, David Glasser, one of the show's executive producers, revealed to Insider that the story will continue with more prequels, including 1923, which premiered in late 2022.
While this news excited fans, it also left them wondering about the fate of one of their favorite characters, Elsa Dutton, played by Isabel May. Here's everything you need to know about May's departure from the show, as well as information about May herself and 1923.
Isabel May is an up-and-coming American actress from Santa Monica, California. She began pursuing her acting career more seriously in the ninth grade, with the support of her parents. May enrolled in online schooling to accommodate her acting commitments, and six months later, she landed the role of Alexa in the TV series Alexa & Katie. May, who stands at 5'9", has also appeared in other notable productions such as Young Sheldon, where she played Veronica Duncan, Georgie Cooper's love interest.
May's breakout role came when she was cast as Elsa Dutton in 1883. The story of how May landed the role is quite extraordinary. She initially auditioned for another Taylor Sheridan-run show, Mayor of Kingstown. Although she wasn't the right fit for that role, her meeting with Sheridan led to her being cast as Elsa in the Yellowstone prequel.
May quickly became a fan favorite in 1883, but viewers were concerned whether she would be returning for 1923, and if so, in what capacity. In 1883, May's character meets a tragic end, being shot with an arrow and eventually succumbing to a fatal infection. This departure was necessary for the story to progress, as the Dutton ranch is established in Elsa's honor. May was aware of her limited involvement in the show from the beginning, and she embraced the decision.
Despite her character's fate, May's performance in 1883 had a significant impact on her career. She has already been cast in two upcoming projects, Wonder Twins and The Smack, which are currently in pre-production.
The expansive world of Yellowstone and its prequels, 1883 and 1923, were created by Taylor Sheridan. David Glasser revealed that there may be even more prequels in the future, exploring different time periods of the Dutton family ranch. The recently premiered 1923, starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, delves into the following decade, highlighting issues related to Prohibition and the Great Depression. Fans eagerly await the announcement of the next era of the Dutton family's story.
While waiting for this, viewers will continue to be captivated by the ongoing saga of Yellowstone, curious to see how it will all conclude. According to Glasser, Sheridan already knows the ending and the fate of every character. It may be a while before we witness this unforgettable ending to an epic story, but one thing is for sure – it will leave a lasting impression.