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Hell on Wheels (TV series)

Hell on Wheels is an American Western television series about the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States. The series, which featured Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, and Dominique McElligott, chronicled the Union Pacific Railroad and its laborers, mercenaries, prostitutes, surveyors, and others who lived, worked, and died in the mobile encampment, called "Hell on Wheels", that followed the railhead west across the Great Plains. In particular, the story focused on Cullen Bohannon (Mount), a former Confederate soldier who, while working as foreman and chief engineer on the railroad, initially attempted to track down the Union soldiers who murdered his wife and young son during the American Civil War. The series, which broadcast in the United States and Canada on the cable channel AMC, aired from November 6, 2011 to July 23, 2016.

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Ex-slave Elam Ferguson is one of the most novel characters in Hell on Wheels, and Common's portrayal of the black man's struggle directly after the Emancipation Proclamation is often compelling.

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The show's protagonist, Cullen Bohannon, never seems to catch a break, hopping from one tragedy to the next.

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The character of Lily Bell faced a grim outlook in the 2-part finale to the second season, as the Durants turned against her and her place on the railroad was thrown into question.

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Hell on Wheels' second season saw several major character deaths - some definitive, some ambiguous - and a very bleak ending. Given the show's decline in ratings and general lack of direction, the show stands a strong chance of cancellation - but no announcement about renewal or lack thereof has yet been made.

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