Just when you thought 1883 had shown you every possible obstacle, the show hits us with absolute devastation.
Can the pioneers even continue on after what happened during Ep. 7 of 1883? A tornado wrecks all but 8 wagons and sends supplies and horses across the prairie. A friendly native saves Elsa’s life twice, and not-so-friendly bandits threaten everyone’s life until a familiar face comes to the rescue.
Episode 7 is available to stream as of Sunday morning (Feb. 6), and it begins with the new hand who was hired to replace Elsa’s lover, Ennis (Eric Nelsen), Colton (Noah Le Gros), taking an avid interest in her, but it quickly becomes apparent that, as he ruefully puts it, he may have overestimated his appeal.
As the wagon train forges a new path into unexplored lands in the Oklahoma territory, Elsa forms an unlikely new relationship with a Comanche warrior named Sam (Martin Sensmeier), while the wagon train’s new cook, the aptly-named Cookie (James Jordan), runs afoul of Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill) after going off on an expletive-laden tirade in front of her son. Little John (Audie Rick) gets another scene-stealing line when he innocently asks the question every parent dreads, but knows is coming one day: “What does f–k mean, Mama?”
Hill also gets to play another remarkably convincing scene in mama bear mode when she admonishes Cookie, “You use that word in front of my child again, I’m gonna stab you with this f–kin’ fork,” prompting a bemused James (Tim McGraw) to observe, “That could have gone a lot worse.”
The episode centers on a storm that pops up on the sweeping plains where the wagon train of mostly inexperienced immigrants are already struggling. When a tornado suddenly forms from out of the clouds, they have to abandon the wagons, horses and cattle to save themselves by laying low, and while no one is killed in this particular disaster, they lose several wagons and will have to double back to re-supply, losing even more crucial time before winter finds them unprepared along the trail.
How far do you think the pioneers on 1883 will get?