Fans of 1883 are quickly discovering that travelers should stay on Thomas and Shea’s good side if they want to make it through their westward journey. Earlier today, the Yellowstone spin-off posted a clip ahead of this week’s new episode that demonstrated how little patience the duo had for criminals.
Last time we saw the 1883 characters, they had agreed to guide a group of emigrants through the hardest and most unforgiving terrain that the country knew to get to the promised land out west. Already, they warned the German travelers about natural dangers like rattlesnakes, poison ivy, and unclean water. However, this wasn’t the only concern that the group had to worry about. Comanche tribes didn’t take too kindly to travelers passing through their land. And without a firearm, these folks would be defenseless against bandits and thieves along the way.
Needless to say, these foreigners needed the 1883 duo to keep them out of harm’s way. But in order to ensure the group’s safety, Thomas and Shea couldn’t allow any criminal activity within the crowd. So, when the two caught wind that a few travelers had stolen from a “Gypsy” or Romani woman, they took matters into their own hands.
Take a look at how they handle the tense situation below.
While fans agreed that Thomas and Shea are not to be underestimated, they also recognized that they were the best two individuals to lead a trip through the western territories.
“If you have to make a perilous journey you want them on your side,” one 1883 fan said of the intense moment.
‘1883’ Duo Banish Travelers to the Elements of ‘No Man’s Land’
While the duo obviously cared for the Romani woman and children and their survival, Thomas and Shea’s swift and severe punishment for the thieves was more about keeping the order of the group.
As Shea Brennan explained to the perpetrating emigrant, where they were was no longer a “free country.”
Rather, that was back in town. Away from civilization, the rules were different. If they didn’t follow the guidelines that the two 1883 navigators put in place, they could easily starve or die from exposure. So, when Shea cut loose the criminals’ horses and hacked at their trailer, he was essentially giving them a death sentence. With no guides, the men would have no clue which direction to go or what resources would be available to them. It won’t be long before they meet their end, whether at the hands of another person or the elements of the environment.
Hopefully for Shea and Thomas, this violent demonstration will be enough to keep the peace within the group for the remainder of the voyage.