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'1923' star Brandon Sklenar on how the heartbreaking finale will change the tone of season 2

[This article contains comments on Major spoilers season finale “Nothing Left to Lose.” ]

During 1000 mid-season break, Brandon Sklenar Tell The Hollywood Reporter it’s only going to get worse Even more difficult Spencer and Alex embark on the grueling transcontinental journey to the Dutton home in Montana. Well, that’s putting it mildly, as the season finale revealed.

Newlyweds played by Sklenar and Julia Schlaepfer survive a shipwreck until rescuers are lost at sea for a long time. In addition to their maritime woes, the Duttons have escaped the clutches of roaring elephants and a pack of bloodthirsty lions.

When they finally hit solid ground in Sicily, Alex meets her ex again Fiance, Arthur (Rafe Soule), also known as the Earl of Sussex of the British royal family. Later, in his drunken belligerence, Alex’s scorned ex-lover challenges Spencer to a duel on the first night of a three-week voyage to London. Needless to say, things didn’t go well for young Arthur, as the famous American soldier and hunter had no choice but to throw him overboard to die. There, old Arthur (Bruce Davidson) kicks Spencer off the ship, while a distraught Alex remains on board, promising to find him in Bozeman, Montana.

“Spencer tried really hard to stay together and avoid any conflict. The most frustrating thing was Arthur insisting on letting things happen. Spencer’s hands were tied there at the end, but , yes, the whole thing is unbelievably tragic and unbelievably depressing,” Sklenar told The Hollywood Reporter.

With Spencer and Alex now separated indefinitely, Sklenar expects the tone of the second season to change.

“From what I know about part two, I’m sure the tone will change, just for Spencer and the show itself,” Sklenar said. “The stakes have been raised to a new level, and the pain and guilt he endures in the next installment will shape him into a version of himself we haven’t seen yet.”

Below, in a spoiler conversation with THR, Sklenar unpacks more from the ending and addresses the surrounding Kevin Costner

Yellowstone characters.

So, go pick us up Last time left Vice, Christian Bale scares me the most when his character threatens Shay Whigham’s character at a funeral, and you, as Spencer, remind me of that to Alec Scenes after warnings from the former Earl of Sussex (Ralph Saul) of Stanley (Julia Schleepfer). Do you blame Spencer for what happened?

No, I don’t blame him at all. But Spencer blames Spencer. I would do the same thing, but I wouldn’t handle it as well as he did. I think he handles it well.

Brandon Sklenar as Spencer Dutton and Julia Schlaepfer as Asia Alexandra 00091 season finale. Emerson Miller /paramount+

Alex could probably blame herself for not following her own advice and staying in their cabin for the entire three week cruise. Will Spencer make her blame herself for what ends up happening?

not at all. He takes full responsibility. In the end, when they parted from each other, he knew she would carry some burden and guilt. But he feels entirely responsible for it, and his guilt kicks in when the episode where they’re apart ends.

The British royal family was quick to call Spencer and Alex’s actions disgraceful, but there is no honor in their every step feel. Is their hypocrisy one of the most frustrating parts of it all?

This is definitely one of the most frustrating parts. In the end, Spencer did his best to keep it together and avoid any conflict. They were all about to go home and he started this with such confidence that he was able to get it under control and prevent it from happening. Most frustrating of all is Arthur’s insistence on making things happen. Spencer’s hands are tied there at the end, but yeah, the whole thing is incredibly tragic and depressing.

Did they tell you to throw Arthur’s stand-in overboard?

They did it! That was the first time I did something like this and hopefully the last. Throwing someone off the end of the Queen Mary is a bit nerve wracking, even for a stuntman.

You and Julia are making Titanic References throughout the story section ? There’s definitely some overlap between Spencer and Alex and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet).

(laughing.) I always try to avoid Open any hard references, but yeah, there were some jokes about it, especially when we were out on the deck. There are definitely some Titanic references, like, “I’m flying, Jack!” and a “King of the World” moment.

While at the bow, why not?

( laughing ). the bow.

At the beginning of the finale, do you think Alex is motion sick or morning sick?

(Sklenar pauses, then laughs

. )I have no idea. Hope it’s motion sickness

Well, now Liz (Michelle Randolph) has suffered a tragedy involving her child, are you more confident that Spencer and Alex are the grandparents of Kevin Costner Yellowstone Features?

I don’t. I wish I did, but I don’t. Honestly, I don’t know. It’s something we all want to know the answer to, but I don’t think we’ll know until everyone gets that episode, whenever Tyler [Sheridan] writes it and takes it down. But it’s something he’s hiding so much that no one really knows.

Every episode I go back and forth about it.

Me too. From day one, we all said, “No, it’s this guy! No, it’s me. It’s Jack.” But I didn’t know. Either way is fine.

Did you understand Any story or timeline for Season 2 ?

No, but we’ve been guessing. Hopefully we can start filming in the summer and our schedule will be similar to this season. But I don’t know. All I know about part two is that I’m sure the tone will change, just for Spencer and the show itself. The stakes around have been raised to a new level, and the pain and guilt he endures in the next installment will mold him into a version of himself we haven’t seen yet. If I can speculate on the character, I can see it going there. Then, hopefully he can bring that home and be able to fulfill his purpose of fighting for his family and saving the ranch.

Do you think it will get darker?

I’d say it has weight, but I don’t necessarily want to go any deeper. I think the weight the audience might feel in the second part is not as much as in the first part, just based on the setting and where the story takes place. Taylor just raised the stakes so high at the end, and they were as high as they could be at that point.

123532587212353278201000 Now available on Paramount+. This interview has been edited for length and clarity .

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