‘1883’ Fans Question the Logic Behind One Detail of Latest Episode

by Courtney Blackann

Another Sunday has passed us by and that means we were graced with a new episode of “1883.” And boy, it did not disappoint. The “Yellowstone” prequel keeps getting more intense with each new episode. But fans are noticing at least one detail from Episode 4 that’s puzzling.

At the height of the latest episode, Captain Shea Brennan and Thomas must lead their crew across the Brazos River in order to continue their journey. But before making the dangerous crossing, She notices that a lot of the traveling immigrants have heavy items packed away in their wagons. He tells them they must leave it all behind if they want any chance of successfully crossing the river.

Much to the pioneers’ dismay, they unload pianos, tables, chairs, and other furniture. Leaving it all behind in a green pasture, they are also letting go of the last piece of home. The crossing of the river scene intensifies as the travelers struggle to stay afloat. However, fans are questioning one part of this plot point.

In a thread on Reddit, several fans gathered to discuss this question:

“Is it me or should Captain Shea and Thomas have checked the wagons prior to leaving Fort Worth? They supposedly just learned of the piano when they got to the river? I like the show, but damn if I am having to suspend belief (a lot) watching it.”

‘1883’ Fans Debate if Plot Hole is Relevant to Story

One user agreed with the original poster saying, “They should have checked the wagons. But I think it’s trying to show the struggle of language barrier and what these people from all the way across the world see as essential. Shea told their leader to tell them to leave all useless stuff in town/sell it but it’s like a game of telephone. Shea means essential as if it doesn’t help with their journey across the US it’s not essential. To a musician a piano is essential.”

Another poster says they understand where fans of “1883” may find confusion, but it’s okay to have some wiggle room when it comes to plot holes.

“Yes, they should have. I can find things to nitpick too, and sometimes have to suspend my sense of disbelief. But I try to not focus on them because in many other ways it’s a very well done show, and it’s the only one in a while that’s engaged me,” the fan wrote.

Whatever the case, you could argue that the abandonment of their last possessions was a metaphor for the journey to Oregon. The people have already lost so much – and they’re putting all their faith in Shea and Thomas to bring them somewhere with promise. Showing all the leftover furniture in a field is the equivalent of them leaving their old life behind to start fresh.