After getting Elsa medical attention at the Fort, however quickly they did, the Duttons road on out towards their manifest destiny. Knowing full well Elsa was not going to be live to see the fruits of their excursion west. Even though Josef’s leg looked like a Cronenberg creation. He wanted to press on with Shea and the Duttons. While the two cowboys ventured out on their own. Possibly finding their own prosperity west.
Josef was presented with the less than ideal decision whether to cut his leg off or not. As not doing it meant death, the choice was pretty easy. So following getting absolutely housed on booze, it was time.
Following this we saw what happened to the immigrants who had left Shea and the Duttons for Oregon. They were jumped by a band of raiders and all murdered.
We then see Elsa getting cared for by native people who use their traditional medicines and practices to alleviate her pain. All culminating in her and her father finally addressing the state of her mortality. Leading to them racing off to find Elsa’s final resting place.
Every time but right now was absolutely brutal. End of story. I knew this to be true and the west portrayed in 1883 definitely supports that.
The episode ends with the passing of Elsa. And HOOOLLYYYY HELLL that was sad. Having to comfort your dying child is something I can not even begin to fathom… but the emotion of this scene was heavy and felt very real.
We then saw a one year time jump with Josuf beginning to build his ranch and sadly Shea blowing his brains out by the sea. Bummer. Really a slow burn of an episode. But the perfect cap to what has been an absolutely awesome watching experience.
1883 has showed not only the trials of the trail, but also how those trials shaped people, made them stronger or made them go crazy. The trail definitely puts one’s character on full display throughout this season.
All in all it’s been an awesome viewing experience for each fan of 1883. The brutality of the Oregon Trail was entertaining to watch. Following that finale, I don’t know if we will see this generation of the Duttons again, as 2 of our show’s 4 main characters is dead. Paramount has confirmed “1932” is coming out focusing on the Duttons during the great depression and prohibition. Seeing a Dutton moonshining operation will be pretty awesome to watch. I’m definitely here for it.
Here’s to 1932 this fall!