‘1883’ Fans Can’t Get Over This ‘Wild’ Thomas Line to Sam Elliott’s Shea

by Jonathan Howard
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If you have been watching 1883 this season then you already know that Thomas and Shea are probably the best duo in the show.

The two served in the Civil War together. Thomas a Buffalo Soldier. Shea, his regiment’s captain. Now, the two are Pinkerton agents. Working side by side in order to make a new life for themselves and some others along the way. As far as non-married couples go, these two are as close as they come on the show.

The official 1883 Instagram account posted a clip from a recent episode featuring Thomas and Shea. Thomas can be a voice of reason and clarity for Shea. The old Civil War captain can often get too bogged down in the negative of life. This latest clip shows that dynamic perfectly. Check it out for yourself below.

“Hard times is the only kind of here, Captain,” Thomas says in the video. “Laughing through ’em is how you get through ’em. And I ain’t joking. She’s lucky as hell she ain’t marrying your sour ass.”

LaMonica Garrett was quick to respond in the replies. “I’ll be here every Sunday, please tip your waiters.” It’s clear that the actor enjoys his role as a mix of a wise man and a comedian.

A viewer, Korrey Blount, replied to the post. “Thomas wild as hell for that line. Definitely one of my favorite characters…and that gypsy was a goddess.”

Already this season of 1883 has shown us a lot. There are a lot of personalities, a lot of egos, and that should make for a great rest of the season.

‘1883’ Duo Thomas and Shea Are Complicated

One thing is certain, Thomas and Shea are not simple characters. It is clear that they both have a lot of hidden demons. Skeletons lurk in their closest, and the only folks that are likely going to relate are themselves. When Thomas finds Shea after the latter had just burned his home down and put his dead family to rest, there’s a lot going on.

The complexity and the depth of these characters are what has made the show great from the premiere. Shea in particular is special. Mostly because Sam Elliott has played cowboys before in the past. This one is different, though.

Elliott explained what is so different from his past characters in the Western genre. “I played these kinds of characters before, but there’s a lot more going on in Shea’s head than there have been in other cowboys that I’ve played.”

This season of 1883 is going to dive into those complexities. It might take a while but we will get a good idea of what makes Shea tick. Along with many other characters in the show.

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