Cullen Bohannon is a former soldier still fighting his own personal war.
Elam Ferguson is an emancipated slave coming to terms with his newly-acquired freedom.
Thomas “Doc” Durant is a greedy entrepreneur taking full advantage of the changing times.
The Swede is a mysterious Norwegian immigrant whose fixation with Cullen drove him to murder.
Louise Ellison is a strong-willed reporter for The New York Tribune, dispatched to Hell on Wheels.
Eva is a former Indian captive turned whore whose past constantly haunts her.
Irish immigrant Sean seeks his fortune in the American west with his brother, Mickey.
Irish immigrant Mickey seeks his fortune in the American west with his brother, Sean.
Ruth is a compassionate minister who creates an oasis in the debauched railroad town.
Psalms is the walking boss in Hell on Wheels, in addition to being de facto uncle to Elam's baby.
Joseph struggles between his Indian heritage and the changing world around him.
Reverend Cole wrestles with his own personal demons while preaching a path of peace.
Lily Bell is a young widow making her own way in a world that has no place for her.