Showrunner John Shiban has decided to leave Hell on Wheels after two seasons. As a result, AMC now says that season three is contingent on a replacement being found and approved by the cable channel.
Here are the statements from AMC and Shiban:
AMC: “John Shiban has informed AMC, Entertainment One and Endemol that while he was fully on board when the network informed him about their intent to pick-up Hell on Wheels, he has since made the personal decision that he will be unable to return as showrunner. He has asked the production partners to seek a replacement showrunner. Like all of our shows, network pick-ups are always conditioned on an approved showrunner. We are confident that eOne and Endemol will satisfy that obligation in the near future.”
John Shiban: “I’m very proud of our work on HELL ON WHEELS and was thrilled to hear the show would have a Season Three. I have since made the difficult decision that the time has come for me to leave. I care deeply about the series and will do whatever I can to aid in the transition to ensure the continued success of the show. I truly value all the time I have spent with this wonderful group of very talented people.”
What do you think? Do you think that season three of Hell on Wheels will still happen? Will it be delayed?