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5 Seasons, 63 Episodes

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Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineer more
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  • Railroad Men

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    Railroad Men

    It's finally done.

    After almost five complete seasons of Hell on Wheels, the railroad has been finished.

    Took them long enough, right?

    Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 13 focused mostly on that last stretch of the race between the two sides, and it was entertaining to get to see how it all concluded.

    Of course, Cullen reuniting with past friends and co-workers was a highlight. And it was interesting to see how his relationships with the various characters lasted even after he decided to work for the Central Pacific Railroad.

    There was a certain badass feeling when Cullen and Mickey teamed up to go find the “Pirate.” The two have come a long way since that day they met on the train on Hell on Wheels Season 1 Episode 1.

    The detour to re-recruit their workers felt like the episode was trying to throw one more wrench into the plan of getting the railroad done, but it was wrapped up rather quickly (again, look at C...
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  • Any Sum Within Reason

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    Any Sum Within Reason

    Cullen does not seem to be lucky in love.

    He’s lost his wife. He’s lost Lily Bell. He let go of Naomi. And now, Mei has let go of Cullen.

    The budding romance built on the railroad of shared experiences came to a heartbreaking end on Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 12.

    We all knew Chang eventually was going to find out “Fong” wasn’t a boy, but I wasn’t quite sure how everything after would play out.

    Would Chang die? Would Mei?

    Chang has been a fantastic addition to Hell on Wheels, proving to be a worthy antagonist to Cullen. The Swede has held that title for a while, but he also had multiple seasons to build up that bitter battle between them.

    And that in some ways makes it disappointing that Chang was killed off.

    The depth of Chang as a character was really kicking into gear, and the flashbacks to his past were a fantastic look at his journey. He’s been ruthless and calculating, working his way up ...
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  • Gambit

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    Gambit

    It’s really not that surprising that there were going to be consequences for Durant’s kidnapping plan.

    I guess if you know some history or Googled information about Durant, you’d know he makes it to the end when the two railroads meet, but the flashforward on Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 11 took away any real suspense Durant would survive the ordeal during the hour.

    Instead, it was his short-lived love interest, Maggie, that was shot and killed. I just wished I cared more about this sidestory.

    Much like Martin’s death on Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 10, Maggie’s death just didn’t have an emotional impact. She was another minor character that didn’t get a ton of screen time and seemed to be more of a plot device for Durant.

    It’s sadder that her character didn’t get the time to really be developed, though the hour certainly highlighted her good nature and determination to help out a man she cared for.

    Too bad Durant...
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  • 61 Degrees

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    61 Degrees

    The railroad building is nearly done, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t plenty of obstacles on the road to success.

    Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 10 put Cullen back to work, determined and focused to get the job done.

    And while there were explosions and death during the hour, it wasn’t as exciting as it should have been.

    Using nitroglycerin to blow a hole through the mountain at a much quicker pace was a great, if not dangerous, idea.

    Cullen needed to make up for lost time, and the dangerous tool seemed to be the best option. And I liked how it initially required Jim’s expertise to teach Bohannon while also revealing how he lost one of his eyes.

    But even with the conversation about being careful with the nitroglycerin or the fatal accident that stopped Jim from helping further, I never felt concerned for the main characters or if the job would get done.

    First, there was the sex scene between Cullen a...
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  • Return to the Garden

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    Return to the Garden

    After such a major final confrontation with the Swede on Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 8, it would only make sense that Cullen would be heading back to the railroad.

    But without his family?

    Leaving them on Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 9 certainly wrapped up that storyline.

    I’m OK with how things with Naomi turned out, even though I wasn’t a fan of how her relationship with Cullen began.

    Cullen having sex with Naomi on Hell on Wheels Season 3 Episode 2 just felt out of character for him, and then there was a soap opera reveal that she was pregnant with his baby on Hell on Wheels Season 3 Episode 10.

    Honestly, Hell on Wheels Season 3 was a bit of a mess, but the series had just lost its showrunners and was trying to find a way to redirect itself. It was definitely a transition period but not the best way to kick off Cullen with a new family.

    I appreciated that Cullen tried to do the right thing in staying ...
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  • Two Soldiers

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    Two Soldiers

    Stunned.

    I never expected Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 8 to conclude the battle between Cullen Bohannon and the Swede.

    Sure, it’s been a long time coming, but even during the hanging, I kept waiting for the “it was all a dream” revelation or even Cullen choosing to speak out and allow the Swede to live.

    Nope. Thor Gunderson of Norway is dead.

    There was something curious about Cullen refusing to just kill the Swede in a hand-to-hand fight.

    Both Naomi and the Swede questioned his decision, and Cullen had multiple chances during the hour (heck, he’s had multiple chances over the seasons) to finish off the Swede for good.

    And yet Cullen has come a long way since his revenge-fueled days, a long way since death and killing motivated his very existence after the war.

    So even if we wanted to see that shoot-em up type of ending between the two, that’s not something that the Cullen of Hell on Wheels Seaso...
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  • Mei Mei

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    Mei Mei

    If only Cullen Bohannon had Rosetta Stone.

    Building a railroad has continued to reveal the various difficulties involved, and Cullen was struck with a language battle on Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 2.

    Granted he’s faced countless obstacles before, so it wasn’t a surprise that he was doing whatever he could to push forward on the project. Railroad completion by the end of Hell on Wheels Season 5, right?

    I enjoyed seeing an episode that put a heavy focus on the arduous task put before the Central Pacific Railroad, all while giving a chance to further explore the character of Fong and his relationship to Cullen, especially in helping as his new translator.

    Or, maybe I should say her relationship to Cullen.

    The reveal that Fong was actually a girl named Mei was a huge one, and one I didn’t see coming. I felt as wide-eyed as Cullen during the tent scene as he was trying to help with the injury and learned the truth.

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  • White Justice

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    White Justice

    The Swede is one clever schemer and manipulator, no matter if he’s working for Thomas Durant or wrapped up in his belief that he is the true prophet.

    Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 3 revealed “Brother Thor” slowly at work on some master plan that includes Chang, rice, Brigham Young’s son, and most undoubtedly him rising to a more powerful position.

    Cullen may have a lot on his plate, but he better watch his back.

    I love that the Swede is keeping things below the radar, even if he can’t help but seem to enjoy running into Cullen every so often. Though just watching him make a deal with Chang or plant certain thoughts into Phineas’ head made it clear he has a far larger agenda than just following Brigham Young’s orders.

    I’m just wondering if and when Phineas will wind up dead at the Swede’s hands. I wouldn’t put it past him, that’s for sure.

    So while it was great to see the series’ ultimate villain at work in the background, the cor...
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  • False Prophets

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    False Prophets

    It was a bold move for Hell on Wheels Season 5 to take Cullen Bohannon away from the Union Pacific Railroad.

    To leave behind many of the characters we’ve gotten to know could have derailed the series in its last season in a change that was too drastic and too different.

    But the sort of reboot worked to fantastic effect, truly putting the core focus on Cullen and allowing actor Anson Mount to shine even further as the southern hero.

    Without Mount as Cullen, there is no Hell on Wheels.

    At the same time, Cullen’s greatest adversary has been and always will be The Swede, played to wonderful effect by Christopher Heyerdahl, so to place him also in the same location as Cullen was like watching a powder keg waiting to explode.

    On Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 7, that bomb finally went off.

    Though I had thought that with Cullen’s focus on the railroad, The Swede might have been able to successfully pull off his master plan.

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  • Hungry Ghosts

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    Hungry Ghosts

    Even after death, life moves on.

    And we’ve seen a lot of death on Hell on Wheels as many of the characters close to Cullen have met their untimely fates.

    It makes me worried for Mei, and considering it is the final season, it has me worried for Cullen himself.

    But after the shocking ending on Hell on Wheels Season 5 Episode 5, the follow-up was a much quieter focus that brought Cullen and Mei even closer together.

    It looks like the eventual fates of Mei and Cullen will just have to wait to be revealed.

    Instead, the two tried bringing Tao’s body home.

    Tao didn’t quite make it, but Cullen and Mei found a way to send him off in a positive manner. It was great to see the little candle ceremony as well as the two discuss their losses.

    The bond that Cullen and Mei share had me wondering where the series might take their relationship. From Mei changing into different clothes to inviting Cullen into the tent, I kept wonde...
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