'1923' returns tonight. Here's what to expect in the second half of season 1.
The next episode of "1923" will be released on Paramount+ on Sunday.
The 45-second midseason trailer foreshadowed more chaos and conflict for the Duttons.
Here's a breakdown of the preview for episode five and beyond.
We kick things off with a shot of the Dutton family cabin, a reminder of what's at stake.
The trailer then cuts to a closeup of Jacob (Harrison Ford) and Cara (Helen Mirren) standing on the porch. She's got her arms crossed and is not looking best pleased, while he appears a shade better than we last saw him fighting for his life on his deathbed.
"My concern is survival," Jacob says in his deep, gravelly voice, looking out across his land.
Next, we catch up with Spencer and Alexandra, who appear to be making their way to Montana.
Spencer (Brandon Sklenar) and Alexandra (Julia Schlaepfer) are seen hurrying through a street rammed with market stalls in what looks like mainland Africa, having returned from their romantic getaway on the white beaches of Zanzibar.
There's a steely look on Spencer's face, suggesting that he has heeded the warning in Cara's letter and decided to put aside the war that wages inside him to fight for his family's legacy.
"We need to book passage to America," we hear Spencer say as we see a shot of the two of them speaking to a man behind a reception desk.
We then see them holding their cases, and each other's hands, at what looks like a dock, as Cara says in a voiceover: "Survival is coming."
The cruise liner steadily made its way across a huge expanse of midnight-blue ocean as we are reminded of all that is still to come on "1923."
The trailer begins to pick up the pace and shows a confrontation between the Duttons and their enemies.
As the trailer picks up the pace, we get a montage of scenes in quick succession: Jacob convalescing at the ranch, Jack Dutton (Darren Mann) taking a swing at Banner Creighton (Jerome Flynn), the man who killed his father, and the Dutton's new adversary Donald Whitfield (Timothy Dalton) sitting on a couch in his lavish home.
"He loves his land and we will take it from him," the scheming Whitfield says of the Dutton patriarch, although it is not clear who he's conversing with. Is it Creighton or another coconspirator who has been brought in on the plan?
Next, it cuts to Jack standing out on the ranch. "We're gonna get them back," he says, seemingly referring to the herd of cattle that Creighton stole to add insult to injury in the previous episode.
"This must be done right," Jacob responds, as we see a hand grab a shotgun and the Yellowstone cowboys, including Jack, galloping across a snow-covered field, their guns aimed at an unknown target.
However, it seems Cara doesn't agree.
The trailer transitions back to Jacob and Cara talking on the porch, and they can't seem to see eye-to-eye on how to proceed.
"If it's vengeance you seek, then it's you in prison and the ranch is lost all the same," she astutely warns Jacob, who shoots her a frustrated look in return.
Cara is then seen comforting Jack, by resting her head upon his and rubbing his back in a rather rare moment of tenderness for the tough family matriarch. It's not clear if something has happened to elicit this response, but it's worth noting that Jack's bride-to-be, Elizabeth (Michelle Randolph), hasn't appeared in the trailer thus far.
Some more words from Jacob — "I know how much you've suffered, it's their turn now" — linger in the air as we watch Cara drive the carriage away from the ranch, her steeliness restored. In what appears to be another Livestock Association meeting, Jack is seen hitting an unknown man around the head so hard he falls out of his chair.
The trailer then shines the spotlight on Teonna Rainwater, who viewers last saw making her escape from her sadistic church-run boarding school.
Father Renaud (Sebastian Roché) and one of the nuns inspect some footprints left in the muddy grass, which may indicate the way Teonna (Aminah Nieves) went, before asking one of her terrified schoolmates if they know anything.
We see her cowering in a cave as a hyena snarls at her. Meanwhile, Father Renaud tells a pair of associates to bring her back before they ride away.
Returning to Spencer and Alexandra, we learn that it won't be smooth sailing back to America.
Holding a phone to his ear, we hear Spencer call out "Mayday, mayday," the one phrase you never want to hear when out at sea.
Things then take a turn for the worse as we see the ship has begun sinking after colliding with an unknown object. Alex and all her possessions get thrown across her cabin before we see a shot of her screaming out for help and pounding on the ceiling above her, trying to get out as the water rises in the room.
The trailer then ends with Spencer outside the ship, alone, pointing his gun at the water and battling yet another man-eating animal: a shark. There's no sign of Alexandra, leaving us wondering if either of them manages to make it back to Montana or not.
Watch the midseason trailer for "1923" here:
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