Okay, respectfully, I think most folks are missing the point. This is a great show. If you're intellectually curious check out the following. The story of Olive Oatman and the meaning of the chin tattoo. The short story "That Hell Bound Train" by Robert Bloch. The anonymous poem "The Hellbound Train". The song "Hellbound Train" by Savoy Brown. And the song "Hellbound Train" by Delta Moon. Just type in Hellbound Train or Olive Oatman in Google search. It's 5 minutes worth of reading and I guarantee you will see "Hell on Wheels" in a totally different light.
I thought this was an interesting twist. There is no way that Cullen would forsake his child. Not with the loss of his wife and child in the war. He will live another day to fight off the Swede. Also, the boy knows that the Swede killed his parents. He will get his. Also, blood all over Elam doesn't mean he is dead.
+1 on Mike Kunkle's ending. That's the season finale we should have just finished watching.
It was a horrible episode indeed.
This show might not be back folks.
I agree with this review except for one thing. The Swede character has overstayed his time. Drawing this out any longer makes him a caricature. The actor is fantastic, but it's already ridiculous and too contrived. Bohannon "submitting" after his initial attack had me rolling my eyes as much as anything in this finale.
The end of Season 2 was a shock but at least it made sense. I'll watch if there's a fourth season - and I hope there is - but this finale made no sense.
WHAT have you done to my program?? so disjointed and what have you done to Elam? This friendship was working.Bring him back. Put Bohannon back with the railroad.Please let there be a next season.
I really hope this isint the end --i love shows about this period --bbc cancelled copper -i really hope AMC doesnt do the same
PLZ. Renew and give this an ending we will love & live with . ( after another or two seasons of course )
Wow !! Such bad reviews.
I liked it. The scenes between Bohannan and the Mormon girl were done in a beautiful and sensitive way. The whole thong was plausible except for her age. There is no way an attractive Mormon girl out in the middle of nowhere would not be taken much sooner than her 18th birthday. I think 21 century values were added here so Bohanan wouldn't be a rapist. Ahistorical, bad writing but still overall excellent..
Fergusan, the bear te Norwegian ( not Swede) and all the rest were plausible and well done. There were bears in Wyomong at that time.
All and all the series is unique in that it shows the cooperation and the tensipns between all the cultures and nationalities that make up America. I give it a definite thumbs up and am sure it will be continued despite all the nay sayers here.
What has happened to my once great western? Are the writers going through a "cocaine decision" flashback? Sadly, my grief will be short lived is this show isn't renewed for another season. Hopefully, it will return to the form it evidenced in season one and season two.
Hell on Wheels has been really good up until the sporatic writings mid way in Season 3. Not to mention the finale was extremely dissapointing to me! Nothing came together this season at all and Elam being killed by a BEAR... What!! Where did that idea come from?.... There are too many open ended items this season to have horrible finale plot like that one. Time for new writers for Season 4.
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