About the Show
Centered on the lawless town known as "Hell on Wheels," which travels with the western end of the Union Pacific Railroad, the series explores the railroad's greed and corruption, the immigrant experience and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans.
Hell on Wheels stars Anson Mount as former confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, who has journeyed west following the Civil War and struggles to escape his demons sparked by the conflict. Bohannon is participating in the building of the Union Pacific in its race to meet up with the Central Pacific’s line to form the first transcontinental railroad. Working often against Bohannon is Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney), a greedy entrepreneur taking full advantage of changing times. Common plays Elam Ferguson, an emancipated slave working to achieve true freedom in a world entrenched in prejudice.
Season 3 ended with Cullen being taken from the railroad and brought to the Mormon fort where his nemesis, The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl), is impersonating church leader Bishop Dutson. Cullen was then forced to marry Naomi Hatch (MacKenzie Porter), a Mormon who is pregnant with Cullen’s child. Meanwhile, Thomas Durant regained control of the Union Pacific Railroad and Elam was gravely injured by a bear while searching for Cullen.
As Season 4 unfolds, civilization continues west and conflict arises between the government, homesteaders and the railroad, as they all compete for control of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the "Magic City of the Plains" and the most important railroad hub in the country.
Hell on Wheels received a 2012 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. John Wirth (Falling Skies, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) serves as executive producer and showrunner.