‘1883’: Eric Nelsen Talks Ennis and Elsa’s Awkward Sex Scene: ‘It Was Freezing! »


[Spoiler alert: Spoilers ahead for 1883 Season 1 Episode 5.]

fans of Yellowstone love the Paramount+ prequel, 1883. The show follows the Dutton family as they cross the Great Plains in search of better land to settle. 1883 episode 5 explores Elsa Dutton’s relationship with Ennis before his untimely demise. And Ennis actor Eric Nelsen opened up about his experience filming the sex scene with actress Isabel May.

‘1883’ killed a major character in episode 5

Eric Nelsen as Ennis and Isabel May as Elsa in ‘1883’ | Emerson Miller/Paramount+ © 2021 MTV Entertainment Studios

1883 episode 5 featured the death of the first major character. TVLine reminds us that Ennis died after a run-in with bandits that put the entire band in danger. Ennis was shot in the chest and died with James Dutton at his side. Before Ennis died, he told James that he really loved James’ daughter, Elsa Dutton. “I don’t doubt it, son,” James told him. When Elsa finally sees what happened, she kills the man who killed Ennis, bringing out a new side to her fans that she hasn’t seen before.

Ennis actor Eric Nelsen spoke to TV Insider about this moment for Elsa. “This is an extremely emotional and honestly heartbreaking moment for Elsa,” he said. “We see a side of her that Ennis has never seen and the public has yet to see and I think that’s a glimpse of what’s to come. But he knows how she felt and he never took a second of what they had together for granted. Have her do this for me, speechless, I guess.

Ennis actor Eric Nelsen has opened up about his sex scene with Elsa Dutton actress Isabel May

Isabel May as Elsa and Eric Nelsen as Ennis about to kiss while riding a horse in episode 5 of '1883'

Isabel May as Elsa and Eric Nelsen as Ennis in ‘1883’ | Emerson Miller/Paramount+ © 2022 MTV Entertainment Studios

Prior to Ennis’ death in 1883 Episode 5, he and Elsa had established an intense romantic relationship. Finally, in episode 5, they make love. When Elsa asks him if he knows what he’s doing, he reassures him, but it doesn’t seem like he’s had many sexual partners before her. Plus, Elsa was a virgin, which made the storyline all the more awkward and intimate.

Eric Nelsen also talked about what it was like to film the sex scene. “The days when you’re filming intimate scenes like that, it’s always a closed set,” Nelsen told Decider. “We went through the process to make sure everyone is on the same page so there are no surprises for anyone.”

Nelsen also noted that the weather was the biggest hurdle when it came to performing. “I’ll tell you, the most unpredictable and uncomfortable part of filming that scene was the weather,” he added. “It was freezing! Luckily, Isabel and I had some body heat between us, but we were both like, ‘How can we pretend we’re not cold right now?’

Is Elsa pregnant in ‘1883’? Episode 5 could be a turning point for his character

Isabel May as Elsa in episode 5 of

Isabel May as Elsa in episode 5 of ‘1883’ | Emerson Miller/Paramount+ © 2022 MTV Entertainment Studios

Fans want to know if Elsa is pregnant after 1883 episode 5. The situation would be tragic for the teenager, of course, but it could certainly add an interesting dynamic to the rest of the season.

“It leaves everyone wondering and wondering,” Nelsen told TV Insider of a possible pregnancy. “I can’t release that information because those are big questions in the script, but I will say no matter what happens, it’s obviously a tragic event in her life and she’s going to address whatever happens to her d ‘here with that weight on his shoulders.

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