the fifth episode of ‘1883’ comes to a close with a climactic fight between the cowboys and the outlaws, which ends in tragedy. After the caravan’s treacherous river crossing, While some tourists are grieving the loss of loved ones, others are battling hunger. Shea and Thomas decide to take matters into their own hands and tell the other members of the gang about the difficult journey ahead. Meanwhile, the largest threat so far comes in the shape of merciless robbers who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
The episode begins with Elsa reflecting on the tough route she has traveled thus far. Ennis reminds her that they are in a bandit-infested area and that she should not wander around alone. Shea and Thomas talk about the group’s position at the camp, and Shea expresses regret for the many deaths. Before Margaret travels to speak with her daughter, James and Margaret discuss Elsa. Shea resolves to keep the group moving in order to conserve their limited resources.
The group’s food and supply wagon sank into the river during the crossing, leaving most hungry. Josef explains that they were simply trying to prevent their riches from being stolen. Shea asks Josef to the robbers. Shea severs relations with the robbers and reclaims the goods. He also cautions them not to cross the route of the group again. Margaret and Elsa discuss Elsa’s relationship with Ennis. Elsa defies Margaret and has sex with Ennis at night. Sadly, Margaret sees them and is furious with Elsa. Elsa proposes to Ennis after Margaret’s reaction. Elsa chooses to tell her father when Ennis agrees.
Wade warns the party of bandits’ presence. James then beats Ennis for sleeping with Elsa. But Elsa steps in and declares her love for Ennis. James acquiesces Ennis and the cowboys to face the bandits. To elude the bandits, Shea and James plan an elaborate trap. Thomas, James, Wade, and Ennis are ready for battle. Moving away from the bandits’ sight is a priority. They do, however, use Josef and his wife, Risa, as decoys to draw the bandits out into the open. Josef hides inside as Risa cooks outside. When a bandit approaches the woman, she shoots him. Risa misses, but Josef shoots him. Josef fights off the bandits while Risa flees. James, Shea, Thomas, and Wade quickly arrive and ambush the bandits. The shootout immediately spreads to the remaining passengers. Margaret is obliged to shoot the bandits in order to defend the travelers, killing a few of them in the process. .
How is Ennis dead?
The last bandit is approaching Elsa and the livestock. Ennis, on the other hand, decides to confront the bandit. He dashes up to the bandit and throws him from his horse. Ennis is shot in the chest and dies as a result of this. When Elsa arrives on the scene, she discovers Ennis has died. She’s distraught, and in a fit of wrath, she kills the bandit ruthlessly. Elsa is seen lying alongside Ennis’ body at the end of the episode.
The cowboys win in the end, but one of their buddies is killed. Shea discusses the value of teamwork to Josef earlier in the episode. Despite their unity, the cowboys can’t save everyone, as the episode’s ending shows. So the episode ends with a grim reminder of life in the American West. It also shows the strength of the traveler’s numbers. The group’s numbers are dwindling due to recent casualties, leaving them vulnerable to future attacks. Ennis displays his love for Elsa and wins James’ approval by protecting her. The awful fate of the cowboy and Elsa’s devastation constitute a Shakespearean tragedy in the American West. Margaret’s warnings to her daughter foreshadowed Elsa’s anguish in the episode. The thought of losing her beloved in front of her is likely to make a girl icy. Because of this, Elsa’s outlook on life may change. Above all, the episode’s conclusion implies that the travelers’ worst is still to come.