Episode 9 of “1883” arrives next week, and the story may be picking up speed after a slower, more beautiful episode. Episode 9 will be the penultimate episode of the first season of this Yellowstone prequel. That means we’re only two weeks away from the season finale. Before the conclusion arrives on February 27, we’ll likely bid a fond farewell to some great characters. Story-wise, we can also expect significant progress in the final two installments.
The Yellowstone prequel stars Isabel May as Elsa Dutton. Faith Hill portrays Margaret Dutton, Tim McGraw portrays James Dutton and Sam Elliott portrays Shea Brennan. Eric Nelsen portrays Ennis, Billy Bob Thornton portrays Jim Courtright, and LaMonica Garrett portrays Thomas. Audie Rick portrays John Dutton Sr., Amanda Jaros portrays Alina, and Marc Rissmann portrays Josef. Noah Le Gros plays Colton, Gratiela Brancusi plays Noemi, and Martin Sensmeier plays Sam. Now let’s explore everything “1883” episode 9 might entail and everything that happened in episode 8. Spoilers ahead!
‘1883’ Episode 8 — Recap
Episode 8 opens with Sam and Elsa leading a pack of wild horses. Elsa rides the horse so much that her pants have tears. Later, when she starts sewing in the family cart, Margaret has a few words of warning for her. She tells Elsa to enjoy her freedom while she still has it. Telling her that as a woman she will always have to compromise and deprive herself of her dreams no matter where life takes her, Margaret has some painful words of wisdom for Elsa.
However, Elsa doesn’t pay much attention to the words. Meanwhile, Sam asks one of the Native Americans who come to trade to make some guys for Elsa. Elsewhere, Brennan tells the Germans he’s heading for Denver. The original plan – which involves going to Oregon – will take too long. Instead, Brennan announces the leadership change. The Germans don’t like the idea. Neither does James, who announces that he is heading to Oregon. He calls on anyone who wants to join him on the journey he believes is over before it gets too cold. The Germans accept and decide to accompany James.
Elsa and Sam talk about going to the mountains
Thomas convinces Brennan to stick with the trip to Oregon. So Brennan approaches James and amicably asks him to be the leader since the Germans trust him more. Meanwhile, Elsa tells Sam that she will stay here with him rather than follow her family to Oregon. However, Sam tells him that it will be worth visiting and seeing the mountains. Elsa agrees and tells him that he will then take her to the mountains.
This beautiful scene is suddenly greeted with a tonal boost when Sam spots something. However, fortunately, it is not something so perilous. It’s a herd of buffaloes. Sam helps Elsa kill a buffalo. He then cuts the buffalo and removes its heart, offering it to Elsa. She also takes it and bites it. Sam brings his present to James in the night. The gift is a wild stallion. Meanwhile, Margaret isn’t the most enthusiastic about Elsa getting married. She tells him she won’t allow it. However, Elsa’s free spirit doesn’t need her mother’s approval. She tells her mother that she can defend herself.
Elsa leaves and Sam stays
Margaret eventually gives in and agrees that Elsa should marry. The next morning, James wonders about Elsa and whether she will stick with Sam. He introduces him to Sam, asking if Elsa changed her mind about him. Sam, however, tells her that if so, he will bring her back to him. Meanwhile, Sam and Elsa will have to separate for a while. Sam will hang back while Elsa heads to Oregon. After a night of Comanche lessons, Elsa is ready to hit the Oregon Wagon Trail again. She and Sam have one last kiss before meeting again in June. Sam leaves, as does Elsa, crying but confident and hopeful.
‘1883’ Episode 9 Release Date and Preview
Episode 9 of ‘1883’ will be released on February 20, 2022. The next episode will pick up the wagon train’s journey to Oregon. With only two episodes left in the first season, things should pick up speed. We can also expect the plot to take a serious turn. Before the end of the first season, there will probably be a major character departure. Meanwhile, Shea’s fate also points to a grave conclusion. And Elsa? She separated from Sam for the time being. However, the time between their last union and the future meeting will be as long as they had planned. Or maybe a real turn of events in future episodes changes the possibilities of a reunion?
Watch ‘1883’ Episode 9 Online – Streaming Details
Episode 9 of “1883” airs Sunday, February 20 at 3:00 a.m. ET on Paramount+. The show is available online on the streaming platform, which offers a 30-day free trial when you sign up for a subscription. You can either visit the official website or use the official app and start streaming. The streaming service has a great selection of hit movies and TV shows. You can also watch the show online through live TV services like fuboTV, Sling, and Philo.
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