AMC Renews ‘Hell On Wheels’ For Season 2

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Hell on Wheels season 2 AMC AMC Renews Hell On Wheels For Season 2

Adding to a growing list of original programming, AMC has announced its newest series, the post-Civil War drama Hell on Wheels has received a full order for season 2.

The announcement solidifies AMC’s successful track record for cultivating new, original programming, which includes critical darlings Mad Men and Breaking Bad, ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead and the American remake of the Scandinavian murder mystery The Killing. In fact, the only series AMC has launched that failed to receive an order for a second season was the super-dense conspiracy drama Rubicon.

The story of Hell on Wheels hinges on former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount), who finds work on the railroad while chasing down the Union soldiers responsible for the murder of his wife and child. Cullen’s story is one of many converging on the titular makeshift town of Hell on Wheels, populated by a bevy of well-known and up-and-coming actors like Common (Smokin’ Aces, Wanted), Colm Meany (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Tom Noonan (Heat), Wes Studi (Avatar), as well as Dominique McElligott (Moon) and Robin McLeavy (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).

So far, season 1 has been more railroad than revenge, but Hell on Wheels still managed to maintain a steady and respectable audience through the seven episodes that have aired so far. Debuting to an impressive 4.4 million viewers in November, the western has seen its viewership drop after losing the coveted lead-in of The Walking Dead. Despite flying solo, however, HoW still wrangles in over 2 million viewers per episode.

Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannen Hell on Wheels season 2 AMC AMC Renews Hell On Wheels For Season 2

Created by Joe and Tony Gayton (Faster), the series has earned high marks for its lush visuals depicting the sprawling vistas of the untouched west, but has also been met with concerns over the slow, meandering pace since its premiere – an assessment common amongst other AMC dramas The Walking Dead and The Killing. In comparison, however, Hell on Wheels received its order for season 2 around the same time point in its season as The Killing – which, due to the late renewal, had many questioning its return.

Clearly, such pacing concerns rank low in order of importance to AMC, as this renewal shows little sign of trepidation on behalf of the network. Meanwhile, The Walking Dead is readying the final six episodes of its second season, while production on season 2 of The Killing is currently underway.

The assurance that season 2 of Hell on Wheels will happen should provide the series’ creators some breathing room, and a chance to expand on the story while attending to the aforementioned issues. If anything, the renewal should be seen as AMC’s belief in the series and willingness to invest in the maturation of its characters and storyline.


Hell on Wheels will return from the holiday break with a new episode on January 1 @10pm.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I love this show…great acting! I’m hooked from start to finish on every episode! Can’t wait for season two to start, and I hope they continue beyond that. I haven’t enjoyed a show this much in a long, long time. Way to go Hell On Wheels!

  2. I LOVE this show!!!!! Great acting, yummy men to look at and I love westerns…. When is it coming back???

  3. I love this show. I have watched it from the first episode and was thrilled to see that AMC is renewing it for another season. There is untold story about all the pain and suffering from each of the social issues brought to light in this story. I think its wonderfully written. Thank you for adding season 2.

  4. I Loved Hell on wheels. I want it to return for season 2. Hurry Up. I love Common.

  5. This show gets to the grit, REAL grit of life in those days. It was extremely harsh and unforgiving as the move West began and continued–the completion of the Continental Railroad created a lot of ‘carpetbaggers’ with full pockets and wallets and money-belts and they resemble the existing ‘carpetbaggers’ of ‘elitist’ Wall Street…or is the resemblance the other way around…?!?

    Very well done and excellent attention to detail…

  6. When does Season Two of Hell on Wheels start?

  7. When does season two begin?

  8. Can any one tell me how I can watch this show as Dish doesn’t carry AMC? Loved season one and it would suck to have to miss season 2!

  9. all i want is to be able to watch hell on wheels is that too much to ask i,ve had nothing but truble trying to get the program to download the series to my computor so i can watch it.

  10. Great show! Americans could use some slower pace. This is good storytelling with great characters. This will catch on.

  11. Please never nerver ever cancel this show!!!!!!

    • I agree

    • I AGREE!!!

  12. Bohannon is a skunk! I want him dead!

  13. I love this show. The whole family does. Pls get picked up for season 3 4 5 etc

  14. Hell on wheels is fantastic. Love Cullen

  15. We’ve just started season 1, and am so excited that there’s a season 2.
    My husband usually gets bored with shows, and he wants to watch more than one a nite. Sure hope there’s a season 3…..
    keep em coming!!!!

  16. Just found this series on netflix. I wish there were more episodes for season 1 and can’t wait for season 2.

  17. I love Hell on Wheels. It is a great show. I can hardly wait for January 2013. hooray for AMC-Hell on Wheels

  18. Love the show but if Lilly Bell is really dead, then I’m not inclined to follow it anymore.

    • Agree! Do Not Kill Lilly!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOOOO!!

  19. LUV this show!! QUESTION: What is/are the marking/s on Eva (Robin McLeavy)chin? I’m dying to get an answer!!!!!!!!!

  20. The best show I’ve seen in years, love westerns and this one is fabulous at depicting just how raw and violent it really was. Totally in love with Cullen and always make sure I’m home on a Sunday night to enjoy another episode. I hope this show never goes off the air. Am a little upset about the demise of Lilly and can’t imagine here being replaced but anxious to see. Don’t go away!!

  21. My wife and I have been watching….. until Dish dropped the AMC programming…. AMC is back on Dish… WELL THE QUESTION IS ???? Don’t believe we saw the last episode or two of season 1…. how can we catch up before Season 2 starts….. Great show guys, keep up the good work…

  22. Am so glad that Hell On Wheels will be back for 1/1/2013. It’s better than GREAT and hope that it will be back as a regular show! It’s way and far and above any show on tv today!

    A lot of us are waiting(:a

    • I missed the first episode of Hell on Wheels and
      will not miss anymore.

  23. I haven’t seen it on 1/1/13 & we just got AMC back sometime ago. Where’d it move to, time/day of the week. My husband and I love the show. Clearly one of the best in a long time for us. Me being sick of Zombie’s/Dead People/Witchcraft. We love Western’s and this is one of the best!! Someone PLEASE let me know. My husband would be so pleased also. One show we watched and enjoyed together and I thought you were going to blow it AMC.