LaMonica Garrett made those comments during a recent interview withpromoting the Blu-Ray release of “1883.” And in talking up the first season of “1883,” Garrett offered that characters like his own make the series unlike anything many fans have seen as they provide a starkly different perspective from the traditional Western gaze, stating, “A lot of Westerns we saw growing up, we saw one perspective through one set of goggles, and pretty much didn’t really see a whole lot of else.”
Garrett went on to add, “It’s a Dutton family story that ‘Yellowstone’ created, but it’s told in a way where you get to see it through the lenses of people that you didn’t necessarily see it from before,” noting specifically the African American perspective has rarely been explored in the Western genre. Outside of his own character Thomas (a freed slave who served in the U.S. Army before his Pinkerton days), Garrett goes on to claim Sheridan bolsters his ambitiously inclusive portrait of the Old West in how he represents Native American factions, depicts settlers as immigrants, and frames the entire story as a coming-of-age tale told from the perspective of the teenaged Elsa Dutton (Isabel May), who also narrated the first season of “1883.”
Asconfirmed, perspectives will change dramatically in Season 2 of “1883.” Tentatively titled “1883: The Bass Reeves Story,” said season will focus on legendary African American lawman Bass Reeves (David Olewoyo). And even if Garrett is likely lamenting not returning to the Western fold as Thomas, he’s no doubt happy the African American perspective will be front and center moving forward.