Hell on Wheels Series Finale: Done

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Jul 282016
 
Hell on Wheels, driving the golden spike

Photo Credit: Michelle Faye/AMC

Do you seek salvation? Do you wish to be saved?

Hell on Wheels has spent six years now (five seasons, including a split final season) leading us towards the moment on May 10, 1869, when the “golden spike” is driven and the Transcontinental Railroad is officially complete. So it is a strange sort of tease that the series finale, Done, opens with that moment, and then asks us to observe its aftermath. In a sense, this is what every series finale is: A question not just about how it all ends, but about what happens next.

When Doc Durant gives Cullen Bohannon the railroad commemorative ring, Cullen puts it on the finger normally reserved for a wedding ring. This was symbolic of his quandary—he’s married his life to the railroad, now what? Continue reading »

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Jul 192016
 
Hell on Wheels -- Psalms

Photo Credit: Chris Large/AMC

The second half of Hell on Wheels Season 5  (or, as you might like to call it, Season 6), has been the gradual stripping away of everything Cullen Bohannon is and wants, with the exception of the railroad itself. So, we dispense with the Swede. Then, we dispense with Naomi and baby William. In Any Sum Within Reason, we dispense with Mei as a love interest, and Chang as an enemy. The end result is that, by Railroad Men, we have a Cullen who is nothing but a railroad man. Continue reading »

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