Paramount+’s Western series ‘1923’ is a sequel to ‘1883,’ which revolves around James Dutton and his family’s move from Texas to Montana. In ‘1883,’ James is accompanied by his wife Margaret Dutton, daughter Elsa Dutton, and son John Dutton Sr. ‘1923’ follows the lives of James’ brother Jacob Dutton and the latter’s wife Cara Dutton, the new patriarch and matriarch of the Dutton family in the 1920s. In the opening scenes of the show, a narration connects the two shows and the main characters. If you are wondering who the narrator of the Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren-starrer is, let us provide the answer! SPOILERS AHEAD.
Who is the Narrator of 1923?
Elsa Dutton, the daughter of James Dutton and niece of Jacob Dutton, is the narrator of ‘1923.’ Elsa also narrates ‘1883,’ offering a distinctive version of the hardships her family has suffered to move from Texas to Montana. The character serves as the narrator of both of the shows from the afterlife since she is killed by the Lakota tribe in ‘1883.’ ‘1923’ is all about the Duttons’ efforts to survive when Prohibition and the Great Depression lead the family and the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch to several unexpected challenges, threats, and obstacles. As someone who has lost her life in her pursuit of ways to survive, Elsa becomes a fitting narrator for the Western drama.
Elsa and her death represent what the Duttons have to pay to find a new way to survive. Her father James builds the Yellowstone ranch above the ground where Elsa rests. As Jacob tries to protect the family and ranch built by his brother, it is understandable that Elsa’s presence remains as the narrator of the show. In addition, ‘1923’ is set forty years after the events of ‘1883.’ Elsa’s narration links both shows. Since the former show is also about her brothers John Dutton Sr. and Spencer Dutton, it makes sense that someone close to them is narrating their saga. Her words also make the viewers realize the gravity of the fights and threats the Duttons are up against.
Isabel May, who plays Elsa in ‘1883,’ lends her voice to the same character in ‘1923.’ Since we only get to listen to Elsa in the first episode of the show, the viewers must be curious to know whether she will appear in the Western drama. Well, here’s what we can share about the same.
Is Isabel May’s Elsa in 1923?
As of yet, there are no reports that suggest that Isabel May will be a part of ‘1923,’ apart from being the narrator. Neither Paramount+, creator Taylor Sheridan, nor May herself hasn’t indicated that the actress will reprise her role in the sequel to ‘1883.’ Since Elsa dies after her confrontation with the Lakota tribe in ‘1883,’ there isn’t any scope for the character to be a part of the narrative of ‘1923’ other than being the narrator of the show. Since May is lending her voice for Elsa’s narration, it is unlikely that the actress will join the show to portray a new character.
Having said that, both ‘1883’ and ‘Yellowstone’ use flashback sequences as an integral part of the respective shows’ narratives. If that’s the case with ‘1923’ as well, we may see May’s Elsa appearing in the possible flashback scenes that feature her brothers Spencer and John Sr.