While watching 1883, fans were curious how the Dutton origin story tied into current-day Yellowstone. On their journey West, The Duttons met many interesting people and overcame a lot of hardship. There have been many fan theories circulating about the future of Yellowstone, and one user on Reddit may have figured it all out!
During the season finale of 1883, The Dutton’s journey West was coming to an end as Elsa Dutton was dying from a Lakota arrow wound as her family finally arrives in Montana. Her father, James Dutton, tries to find somewhere to lay her to rest where his family can also settle down and be near her forever.
A friendly Crow American Indian, Spotted Eagle, offers James a peaceful valley on his people’s land, but warns him that in seven generations they will rise up to reclaim what is theirs.
So how does all of that affect the future Duttons? James Dutton was John Dutton’s great-great grandfather and his son, John Dutton Sr, was his great-grandfather. That means John is the fifth generation of Duttons, Beth and Kayce are the sixth, and Kayce’s son Tate is the seventh generation, when the Crow ancestors are expected to take back the Yellowstone Ranch.
Many fans suspected throughout the series that Taylor Sheridan was going to make Tate central to the future of the series. But it’s unknown how. Assuming that Broken Rock Reservation is comprised of the Crow ancestors, that means that Tate is a descendant of both the Crows and the Duttons.
In Season 4, Kayce has a vision on his personal journey with the Broken Rock tribe. He tells his wife Monica that he has seen ‘the end of them’ but we aren’t sure what that means. Do they break up? Does something happen to Tate? We’re hoping for more answers in Season 5.
We know that Taylor Sheridan has had the ending of the series planned out since the beginning. Now, only time will tell how everything plays out!