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Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels AMC TV seriesNetwork: AMC
Episodes: 57 (hour)
Seasons: Five

TV show dates: November 6, 2011 — Summer 2016
Series status: Ending

Performers include: Anson Mount, Common, Dominique McElligott, Eddie Spears, Tom Noonan, Ben Esler, Phil Burke, Colm Meaney, and Christopher Heyerdahl.

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TV show description:
This contemporary Western follows a former Confederate soldier named Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount). Following the rape and murder of his wife at the hands of Union soldiers, Cullen sets out to exact revenge on them. His journey takes him west to the mobile town called “Hell on Wheels,” a dangerous, raucous, and lawless melting pot. It travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. Cullen is ultimately torn between the cycle of revenge he has unleashed over his wife’s death and his tiring of this violence.

In addition to following Cullen’s story, this TV series also highlights the engineering and construction of the first transcontinental railroad, the institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of newly emancipated African-Americans during Reconstruction.

Elam Ferguson (Common) is an emancipated slave who’s working to achieve true freedom in a heavily prejudiced world. He struggles to come to terms with who and what he is: half white and half black. He doesn’t feel at home in either world but refuses to be treated as anything less than a man. Elam and Cullen’s fates continue to be bound together, not only by their common Southern roots, but also by circumstances.

Lily Bell (Dominique McElligott) is a newly widowed woman who’s trying to survive in a man’s world. Following the death of her husband, she continues to wrestle with the idea of the railroad being the end of the West. She feels a connection to the pristine landscape and worries that the approaching railroad and Hell On Wheels will despoil the West forever. Her desire to fulfill her husband’s dream ultimately becomes her own and she slowly gains respect in an ever difficult world.

Joseph Black Moon (Eddie Spears) struggles with the difference between his cultural heritage and the ever-changing world around him. He hates the idea but tries to bring his people into the reservation, hoping his people’s safety can be guaranteed.

Reverend Nathaniel Cole (Tom Noonan) is chiefly concerned with avoiding a war with the Indians, a war that he knows they can’t win. After riding with John Brown in Kansas and serving as a minister for the Union Army in the Civil War, Cole is sick of the slaughter. He genuinely wants to help the whites and Indians avoid another war and he sees Joseph as a means to this end. Cole struggles with his own personal demons while preaching a path of peace.

As young Irish immigrant brothers heading to the West to find their fortune, cracks develop in the relationship of Sean and Mickey McGinnes (Ben Esler and Phil Burke). They exploit business opportunities in Hell on Wheels and use more and more underhanded tactics. Mickey eventually questions what Sean is doing and resents his brother for using him as a pawn.

Thomas “Doc” Durant (Colm Meaney) is a greedy entrepreneur who takes full advantage of the changing times. As the railroad comes closer to completion and he becomes rich beyond his wildest dreams, he becomes more and more concerned about securing his place in history.

Thor “The Swede” Gundersen (Christopher Heyerdahl) is Thomas Durant’s ruthless head of security. The Swede’s tactics help him maintain a degree of control over the chaotic Hell on Wheels, but he abuses his power to extort money from its residents. The Swede suspects that Cullen Bohannon is a murderer and schemes to prove it.

Series Finale

Episode #57
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD

What do you think? Do you like the Hell on Wheels TV show? Do you think it should end with season five?


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Dave April 14, 2015 at 11:38 pm

I love this show and wish it would come back not just for another season but2 or 3 more.


Deborah Duffin April 13, 2015 at 10:41 pm

I love this series! We haven’t had a good western series in a long time. I am so sick of reality tv. Anson Mount is so handsome and all of the cast are such great actors. Why would you cancel something that’s a hit and replace it with crap?


Dodie Payne March 29, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Please don’t cancel Hell on Wheels, one of the best shows on TV. They always cancel the good shows. I still want Longmire and The Glades to return, but I know they won’t. Don’t take the last great show off.


A. Baldwin March 10, 2015 at 2:18 am

It’s absolutely one of the best t.v. shows with great scripts, unexpected twists and turns in the plots, great acting, wonderful cinematography. Its reminiscent of the old movies with lots of close ups of the actors who are capable of showing great emotion with no words necessary. It feels raw and real.

I also agree with Beverly that Longmire must be brought back. He’s the closest thing to a John Wayne that we’ve had in a long time.


rick February 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm

I hope they don’t cancel the show hell on wheels is one of only the few shows left on tv to watch. They get a good show on and then they cancel it that not right. I love to watch westerns and I wish they were more on TV


Peg January 25, 2015 at 11:58 am

Absolutely love the show! Has everything- good storyline, great acting and the main character is a hunk!! Please don’t cancel.


Cheryl January 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm

This show is great!! He’ll on wheels even though fictional has peaked my interest in how the railroad was but. I’m sure it’s based on some truths and I’m anxious for more episodes. Please don’t have this show cancelled! So many great actors! Is it renewed? If so when wi it start?


toni January 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Hell on Wheels is supposed to end this next August. Sad news, isn’t it? Hopefully someone will get their head out of the sand and go for something of quality. Cross your fingers!


Theresa December 29, 2014 at 7:08 am

Have not missed a show yet! My family members and I can,t wait to get together and discus what happened and what we think will happen next! Keep rolling!!!


Harv December 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I agree whole heartedly with Toni.They,the ones who run tv have no sense of what are good shows and put on some outrageous fluff.So many shows that are so good,like ‘Hell on wheels’ are dumped.


Toni December 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I half expected Hell on Wheels and Longmire to be canceled. Why not? Isn’t that what usually happens to series that are exceptionally good? The powers that be would rather have a ridiculous reality program or a gutter-minded half-hour show so they don’t have to pay for talented script writers. Read a book instead.


Beverly McEwen November 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Cancel Hell on Wheels? That would be outrageous! We love that show and never missed one episode. I think Anson Mount should be on the Sexiest Man Alive List put out in People magazine and will write them so. There’s so much of the same type of shows on tv now, Wheels excels in being different, outstanding acting, unique material…I can’t say enough. We want to thank everyone, especially the crew for giving us a show both my husband and I enjoy so much. Hang in there…maybe push a little more pr, this show should win emmies! love, fans


Gary November 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I agree. Hell on Wheels is an excellent series that should continue!


woolford November 9, 2014 at 1:02 am

Hell on wheels should NOT be cancelled. One of the best shows on all of TV! Please don’t cancel Hell on Wheels. This would be a shame on your AMC!


Beverly Fox November 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I have looked forward to television on Saturday nights; Longmire and Hell on Wheels, not to mention Breaking Bad are some of the best shows offered to us, the viewer. Obviously network executives could care less what the viewers want! Im thorougly disgusted and beg, yes beg, them to reconsider and NOT cancel HOW and bring back Longmire. And, shock all of us by bring us another show the equal of Breaking Bad. One last time, DO NOT cancel HOW and bring back Longmire!!!! Beverly in New Mexico


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