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Fans Are Thrilled To Hear Elsa Dutton Narrate In Yellowstone Prequel 1923

As not only the protagonist but also the narrator of Taylor Sheridan's sweeping "Yellowstone" prequel "1883," Isabel May's Elsa Dutton had a lot of weight on her shoulders. Portraying the spirited and naive Elsa, the eternal light, was the role that Sheridan envisioned for May after she auditioned for the "Mayor of Kingstown." In an interview with Deadline, Sheridan said that, "the greatest compliment you can pay an actor is to say they brought your imagination to life. That's what she did. To me, she represents the innocence and hope that is unique to Americans and it has to do with the fact we're such a young country."

Elsa's essence and light touched everybody, even though they were admittedly dealing with brutal and spirit-killing conditions. Even Shea Brennan (Sam Elliott), the depressed and dead-inside cowboy, said of Elsa when she was dying, "I'm 75 years old, and she has out-smiled me, out-loved me, outfought me. She has outlived me, she's outlived all of us." Elsa may not have lived long enough to see the creation of the Yellowstone ranch, but fans are thrilled that she, or at least her voice, lives on in "1923."

Fans like that Elsa's narration connects 1923 to 1883

Just over a minute into Taylor Sheridan's newest "Yellowstone" spin-off, "1923," Elsa Dutton's very familiar voice begins talking about the history and future of the Duttons, as well as their propensity for violence — and it caught fans' attention. "Yes!" tweeted @cyrs240. "It's so nice to hear her voice again. She's the soul of the family. And she's like us now. [A] spectator watching over the Duttons." Other fans also began lighting up social media, with @Totallytfw tweeting, "I love that they have Elsa narrating. Very nice way to connect the series."

After becoming acquainted with Elsa in the series "1883," some fans were disappointed that there wouldn't be a Season 2 with James Dutton (Tim McGraw) and his wife, Margaret (Faith Hill), once the couple and their remaining son John (Audie Rick) decided to settle around the area where Elsa died. Unfortunately, that was never creator Taylor Sheridan's plan. "I created this peek through time to show you this one specific journey," Sheridan told Deadline about "1883." I'm not someone who likes to tie everything up in a bow and explain how everyone lived happily after, or didn't. I'd rather you imagine it."

And now the story of the Duttons continues, and fans are grateful that Elsa — at least in spirit — is still sharing their story with us.