Completely confused by final episode! I have enjoyed this series and have looked forward to each episode but this was loaded with so many illogical facets. At least one could not complain that it was predictable. I can't wait to see how the writers get back on the right track.
The title should have been called "Behind the Mule out in Left Field". I never understood the coupling between Bohannon and the Mormon girl in the first episode of season 3 and I felt that would be going somewhere. It this was the finale, then it makes sense the girl shows up in the last episode of Season 3 and it says to me that Hell on Wheels will not be renewed. I am so disappointed because this is an excellent series although I will admit there have been some episodes that were very contrived and tedious.
I have LOVED this show until now. Worst season finale ever! Rushed, ill conceived, pointless. Removing from DVR.
I thought this episode sucked. I thought Cullen went totally out of character. So he had sex with the girl once? Why, I have no idea why. But to just accept the kids as his, I just don't see it. And even if true, why would he subject himself to something that can only be called willingly enslaved by a bunch of nuts. Why not take the girl and leave the nuts to themselves?
If this is who he is, Durant is the right man to run the railroad.
I watch three shows...Boardwalk Empire, Homeland and this. I'm not sure if I am going to be anxiously waiting for next season. Definitely flat and uninspired. I really agree with the person who commented "Really?"
It absolutely was... way out of character for Bohannon to get the little Mormon girl in the sack early on in the season. I remember watching that and thinking "what the hell?". The whole thing with the Indians, Elam and the bear was... ridiculously contrived. Did you notice that the hotel that had been shot to heck, all busted up with blood all over the floor, had been miraculously restored in, I'm guessing, what was like a few days at best.......really?!! The whole thing takes the fantasy suspension of reality a little too far and insults the viewer.
Sure, it's a great set up for next season, but is this season just about waiting for next season?.....disappointing. Somebody should get fired and they should find some of the writers that wrote Dead Wood to save it. I like Mike Kunkles version a whole lot better.
The worst! ! ! ! I have been a big fan of the show since it started. After that final show. if they do have another season I'm not sure I will watch. Are these the same writers that have been responsible for the first 2 seasons?
Who gave the writers the bucket of softballs to throw out there. Such a good show, such a terrible ending.
Brilliant ending. People complain about the odd plot twists. Think on this, the plot is a vehicle to allow us to watch human beings struggle with moral dilemma. The seven deadly sins are ever present and embodied in various characters at various times. The "Hellbound Train" moves ever on and the characters all ride it and wonder how they all came to be in this place. Part religious allegory, part western, this is NOT an action piece per se. It's a deadly reflection on our human flaws and the poison they create. And it's a meditation on how we find grace, redemption and dare I say it - salvation.
I cried after Lily Bell's death, and could not get that song "Anabell" out f my head for months. This season's finale was a confusing to say the least. I do feel like I'm watching a soap opera at this point. And I don't believe that's Cullen's baby,, I think it's her father's or even the Swede's!!
The season finale sucked. I could have written a better one. Elam should have went after Bohannon right after he inspired the workers to finish on time. The boy follows him, Elam gets caught trying to free Bohannon in the night. They're both about to be hanged, when the boy shows up sees the Swede and goes after him, with his knife stabbing the Swede but only wounding him, when asked his name, the Swede is exposed. Bohannon gets free, the Swede grabs the girl and uses her as a shield, her father tries to grab her but he's mortally shot. There's a shootout but the swede escapes. Before he dies the girls father confesses he's the father of her baby, and it's his fault his son was hanged. She was deflowered long before Bohannon 18 is an old maid back then. They arrive back in town just as durant asks for someone to second his motion, everyone starts cheering, he thinks it's for him at first until he sees Bohannon, Elam and the boy. The expression on Durants face is priceless. At least that's how it ended in my mind if it doesn't return. It was canceled and resurrected last season and this season the ratings are slightly lower. Here's hopping it comes back.
I was extremely angry at the end of Season 2 and am equally angry with tonight's season finale. Killing off Lily Belle after spending the time all season to slowly develop their relationship was completely absurd and illogical, all to advance the plot line with the evil Mr. Swede. Despite my better judgment, I continued to watch this season, but tonight's finale was the worst writing I've ever seen, and Hell on Wheels has totally DERAILED!
Without fail the writers continue to sacrifice the integrity of their characters (and WASTE the exceptional talents of a superb cast) by giving them unrealistic lines and behaviors to perform, only to advance some dumb and often momentary sensational twist in the plot. (Can we say Soap Opera?)
Well, tonight's episode took the cake. Of course I expected the Swede would show up in the Mormon camp and try to hang Bohannon, but when Cullen finally spoke up to defend himself and expose the Swede to the Mormon's, after a brief attempt, he suddenly fell mute!? WTF? Does anyone think for one second he wouldn't have insisted they ask any member of Hell on Wheels or the railroad to corroborate his story? If not to save his own skin, but for the sake of the lives of their families? MAJOR flaw right out of the gate. But for these writers, EVIL must prevail at all costs.
Then we find Elam heading out alone through Indian territory to try and find Bohannon, when he could have taken any number of the railroad workers with him. Don't forget, these men were promised money from Bohannon's stock, which they all stand to lose if he dies! Not to mention the mutual respect developed over this season. There would have been a posse assembled to find him in any realistic telling of this story. And the best exit they could give Elam was to have him mauled to death by a bear?!
Eva's character has been thrown to the wind as well. Watching her grow and develop into a strong, nurturing, loving woman has been one of the show's high points this season, only to have her thrown out of her home and back on the streets by an angry and hurt Elam. (who couldn't figure out the white baby wasn't his?) So she immediately resorts to prostitution? In a camp like Hell on Wheels why couldn't she run a small business doing laundry, or providing meals as many of the women of the west did, very successfully? She evidently has knowledge of medicine, so why not weave that into her future?
Cut to the cartoonish Mr. Durant, spewing BS while toasting and insulting everyone, mostly Bohannon, to the chimes of Hear, Hear!! And did he really have to tell Mickey that in his town, his was the ONLY vote that counts? (to spoon feed us he is a R-E-A-L-L-Y bad guy, I suppose) I still haven't gotten over how easily he was written out of jail, and how quickly his embezzling from the railroad was so easily forgotten/forgiven. Not to mention murdering his 'friend' in the Senate. All very unlikely and unbelievable 'twists' in the story which the people of Hell on Wheels accept without question, when they know better.
Next season, the Mormon boy Ezra will likely be the one to expose the Swede, who will undoubtedly escape yet again to return as another new evil character in Season 5. Indian's will storm the compound in retaliation for Elam shooting their warriors, killing everyone in sight, including the new Mrs. Bohannon. (really, how else will Cullen escape that ridiculous story line!?)
Seriously, the writers are in a terrible rut. Maybe they only know soap operas. Every character is either UP or DOWN, with no in-between. Sadly there is a whole host of wonderful storytelling that is entirely missed in this true western saga of the railroad and settling of the West.
I love the cast and the characters in this show, but the writing is horrid, dragging the cast (and ratings) down with them. Very sad, as the potential for this series - based on history, not fiction, has entirely been missed (sacrificed).
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