‘1883’ New Special ‘The Road West’ Goes Behind Scenes of ‘Yellowstone’ Prequel

by Lauren Boisvert
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With a new “Yellowstone” tonight, January 2, and a new “1883” behind-the-scenes special, it’s like Christmas has come again. “The Road West” is a new look past the curtain at what “1883” is really about and what goes into creating the fan-favorite Western.

The trailer for the new special dropped earlier today on Instagram, and the special itself is now streaming on Paramount+. From the trailer, we can see that there are going to be behind-the-scenes looks at filming, creation, storytelling, as well as interviews with the cast and crew.

The promo gives us sound bites from Sam Elliott, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Isabel May. Elliott mentions that he’s never worked on something so big before, while Hill says she’s “never done anything like this.”

Tim McGraw draws on the similarities to “Yellowstone”, claiming you can “see where the traditions started.” Isabel May says simply, “It’s pretty incredible.”

Incredible is right. Fans are loving the new show, turning out episode after episode, boosting the ratings to amazing heights. People love the Western genre, that much is clear. Fans are delighted that a pure Western is gaining this much mainstream traction.

Fans are delighted, and the actual cast of “1883” is delighted as well. They only ever have good things to say about the show. They seem to really appreciate the stories, and the settings, and genuinely want to show to succeed. We’ll probably see more of their thoughts in the “1883” special, so you definitely don’t want to miss it.

‘1883’: Sam Elliott Says a Western Has Never Been Done Like This Before

In a recent Instagram video, Sam Elliott spoke about what drew him to “1883”, and how it’s familiar but different from any other Western he’s done before.

“It’s a tale that’s been told. It’s a tale we’re all familiar with, the Oregon Trail,” said Elliott. “But it’s never been done like Taylor [Sheridan]’s done it on the page.”

Elliott has said before that the script is what really brought him on board “1883”. He’s played a ton of cowboy characters, and he doesn’t like being typecast. But, there was something about “1883” and the writing that really drew Elliott in.

It’s also his character in particular that differs from all the other cowboys Elliott has played in his career. Shea Brennan is unique, Elliott says.

“I played these kinds of characters before,” he explained in a recent interview. “But there’s a lot more going on in Shea’s head than there have been in other cowboys that I’ve played. Number one, he’s a veteran of the Civil War. Number two, he loses his family right off the top in the first episode, and number three, he’s got this contingent of immigrants that he’s taken care of showing them the way guarding along the way, and he’s sensitive to those losses.”

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