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. Although I am a fan, I’m surprised it got renewed. Not exactly the best show out there, but I do enjoy the atmosphere, the cinematography, and the acting. I really hope season 2 does better.

  2. Good news! I’ve watched every episode so far, and after a rough start it does seem to be (slowly) forming into something bordering on greatness. If they play it smart and center the storyline more around the animosity between Cullen and the Swede (a direction they seem to be headed), then the show might really take off.

  3. I’m not sure of the actor’s name who plays the Swede but he does a good job of making you hate him. I do agree that it seems to slowly be progressing towards a confrontation between the two. Let’s hope season two speeds it up a little bit

    • That’s Canadian actor Christopher Heyerdahl who plays the Swede, and yes, he does make one good bad guy. I don’t know whether it’s the long black coat, the lack of eyebrows, the slowly delivered “yumpin’ yiminy” accent, the floor-scrubbing in the nude, or the way he uses a fork, but the guy definitely gives me the creeps.

      Let’s just say it’s all of the above.

      • Yeah, Christopher is an amazingly awesome actor, he plays two different characters on SyFy series Sanctuary, Big Foot and John Druitt, and by different, I mean completely different so much so, that I didn’t know it was the same actor throughout most of the first season.

      • Was also the character “Todd” the Wraith on SG:Atlantis. By FAR my favorite from that show.

  4. I’m waiting for Bohannen to give him his come uppens, I’d also like to say how surprised I am at how well Common portrays Elam

  5. These spammers need to be taken care, I’m sick of seeing them.

    • Looks like it was done, thank you.

  6. The casting is spot-on. The stories could be paced up a little but as a ‘freshman’ Western, it’s very well done! Here’s to next Season! – Stark

  7. I don’t know what it is about this show but all it does is make me want to watch “Deadwood”. I think it might be the African American angle, it just seems extremely forced and not natural at all. Maybe if they had a better budget to hire more quality supporting actors it would be better…

    • You are assuming they are facing north. If they are facing south then everything you said it wrong would actually be correct.

  8. Good news! I have been enjoying the series greatly. Even though it did seem the revenge of His families murder did take a bit of a back seat, the story branches are equally intriguing! Great show!

    The characters are well drawn and played! Awesome job by Common and Anson Mount!
    For Christopher Heyerdahl, “The Swede” as much as you want the character to be killed, hurt, or otherwise disposed of will be a hole hard to replace if done so. Fantastic acting and so lovably hate able!

    Very much look forward to the continuation of the series! Good work to all of the crew and cast of Hell on Wheels!

  9. Best show I”ve seen in years,have not missed an episode yet.
    So glad to here there will be a season 2.

  10. Can’t believe I sat through 8 hours watching the reruns leading up to the final 3 episodes. Half of that was dang commercials!

  11. Love this show!

  12. I came upon this series late in it’s first season but, to my delight, I was REALLY surprised @ how totally Awesome it turned out to be. I’ve told several others about it and we all agree, WAY TO GO AMC!!!!

  13. GREAT show!! Very glad to hear they’re making season 2. DVR’d all season 1 episodes and will watch them til the new ones are out.

  14. Hell on Wheels is a Great Show. Glad that it will have a second season. However, I would like to know when the second season begins. I downloaded season one on my itunes.

  15. I have always loved westerns and I really love this one. I really did not think of this series as having a slow start at all. I thought it was a great way to get to know the characters and have a better understanding of them all. I think the story line is great, the actors are wonderful and I cant wait for the second season. I was so relieved to hear there was going to be a second season. I really hope for lots more seasons because I think this story could really go on for a long time. Here’s hoping!!!

  16. Awsome show. HBO missed out with not Compleing Deadwood. AMC picked up the fumble and ran with it on this one. Like all other AMC shows it takes a while to gain a following. I am sure with DVD releases for everyone to catch up who have missed i would guarantee that 2 million will increase for Season2. AMC please do not pull the plug on this one let it mature Deadwood had its chance and left us hanging please dont do the same.

  17. ARE YOU ALL KIDDING? This show is amazing! It also shows how the west really was… dirty, gritty, raw and down right mean!

    blacks, whites, irish and natives the show has no sides and it has a great storyline.

    If you look at all the shows out there besides The Killing, Walking Dead there is no comparison. The show rocks!!!! END THE SHOW on a good note. don’t just make a show and not finish it, please! My wife, me, my mom and family on the reservation are big big fans!!!!!

    Thats how the west was won and lost. finally a show that shows the truth as crazy as it was!!!!


  18. The lead actor in “Hell on Wheels” should have been cast in “John Carter.” He would have been a good fit for that role.


  20. I love this show. I am waiting for the second season to begin.. when will that be..? I keep checking so I dont miss it..

  21. This is by far the best show on TV! I’m so happy there’ll be a second season. BTW, anyone knows how many episodes we are to expect? The more the better, I say.

    And personally I hope to see the budding relationship between Cullen and Lily mature into something “fleshier” and spicy. For me, they are the show. These characters made me care about them and root for them, 10 times more than I did for any other character.

    I can’t wait for fall of 2012.

  22. I just hope that lily and cullen end up together

  23. I’ve been with this show since the beginning. It was slow starting, then characters are starting to flesh out more with all the backstories and then WHAM! Before I knew, I was caught like a fish on a line. This show is worth watching for the atmosphere alone, let alone the crazy acting, sets and the chance to see what the old Hell on Wheels really looked like. I adore it! Two thumbs way up!

  24. is anyone else having trouble understanding all the words from the actors? I know I am older but this show which i love, does not have
    good acoustics for me.