How Did James Dutton Die: The new Yellowstone spinoff, 1923, on Paramount+ fills in some of the blanks about the Dutton family history and what became of the characters from 1883.
Taylor Sheridan is expanding on his previous narrative about the Montana ranch owners to cover the time period between the group’s inception in 1883 and the present day in Yellowstone.
On December 18, Paramount+ premiered the newest installment in the series, 1923, which wasted no time in filling viewers in on what became of James and Margaret Dutton, the show’s protagonists in 1883. An additional Dutton family member who had been presumed dead since 1883 made an unexpected appearance at the beginning of the episode.
What happened to the Dutton family members we met in 1883 is detailed in Newsweek, but here’s a recap to fill you in.
How Did James Dutton Die?
James Dutton’s gravestone, which still rests on the Yellowstone ranch, was featured in a recent episode. It showed that he passed away in 1893, so it was clear he had been around for the events of 1883. In a flashback scene from an episode of Yellowstone, we see John return home with gunshot wounds and collapse, though at this point his fate is unknown.
Elsa, the omniscient narrator, opens 1923 by telling us that her father died, prompting Margaret to write to his brother “begging” for help in this wild land.
Throughout Season 4 of Yellowstone, we saw James in flashback scenes, where we got a glimpse of him settling into life in Montana before his time there was cut short.
In the premiere of season 4, James Dillard Dutton, a Civil War veteran and the patriarch of the Dutton family, makes his debut. The character plays a major role in the Yellowstone Ranch’s backstory in the spinoff series 1883. James fights off bandits and makes it to Fort Worth, Texas in the pilot episode. James reunites with his family (wife Margaret, kids Elsa and John, sister Claire, and niece Mary Abel) in the big city.
James travels with Shea Brennan’s caravan across the Great Plains in search of a new home for himself and his family. James encounters many perils while traveling, but he survives them all with minor injuries. Season 4 of ‘Yellowstone’ features flashbacks to the year 1893, when James has already founded the Yellowstone Ranch in Montana and given birth to his second son, Spencer Dutton.
Is James Dutton Life Expectancy Over?
Sadly, James Dutton does pass away. It’s safe to assume that James passed away a long time ago, given that “1883” is a prequel series. While the year 1883′ is mentioned, it is not the year of his death. In the flashback portion of episode 8 of season 4 of “Yellowstone,” more information about James Dutton’s death is revealed.
James Dutton, as shown in this episode, went on the hunt for horse thieves in Montana. When James finally catches the robbers, he executes all but one of them. The last thief he leaves behind is meant to serve as an example to others who might be tempted to steal. When he gets home, though, he discovers that he, too, was shot during the conflict and dies of his wounds.
That James Dutton passed away around ten years after the events of “1883” is established by this particular chain of events. This sequence is a flash-forward because it occurs in the future of the prequel series’ timeline. Since James’ death occurs in ‘Yellowstone,’ it is unclear if we will see a similar scene in ‘1883’ when the series finally gets around to that year.
By depicting James’ death in ‘Yellowstone,’ the creators establish James’ life and legacy as significant to the future of the Dutton family. The viewer of ‘1883’ can also take pleasure in learning more about James Dutton’s life without having to bear the character’s tragic end.
James Dutton and His Family
Dillard, James Tim McGraw plays “J.D.” Dutton, an 1883 Yellowstone character. He is a homesteader attempting to make a living in Montana with his wife Margaret after fleeing poverty in search of a better future.
James and his wife Margaret were Tennessee farmers. They had two children when they embarked on their journey north: Elsa and John. John married Emma and fathered Jack Dutton, who fathered John Dutton II, whose son, John Dutton III, now runs the ranch in the early twenty-first century.
James had a sister named Claire and a niece named Mary Abel, who was Claire’s daughter. Both were about to travel north with James and his family when Mary Abel was killed by rebellious men who came to their camp, and Claire committed suicide as a result of the incident. Her husband, Henry, had also died recently.
It is believed that after leaving Tennessee, James and Margaret had another son named Spencer. This has yet to be confirmed.
When he was older, John, James’s oldest son, worked for Jacob Dutton. James’s brother, Jacob, is married to Cara.