The BEST Episodes of Hell on Wheels
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 9, 2019
Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time.
#1 - Timshel
Season 1 - Episode 9
A looming railroad deadline throws Cullen and Lily together; Joseph and Elam deal with what their violent mission has wrought.
#2 - Blood Moon Rising
Season 2 - Episode 10
Cullen fights to save Hell on Wheels.
#3 - Derailed
Season 1 - Episode 8
Durant dispatches Cullen and Elam on a mission of vengeance. Lily struggles to find her place.
#4 - Blood Moon
Season 2 - Episode 9
Cullen prepares for battle while the town celebrates.
#5 - Return to Hell
Season 4 - Episode 10
Cullen, Durant, and Campbell try to negotiate a settlement on how the streets will be policed; an act of terror strikes Cheyenne.
#6 - Two Trains
Season 4 - Episode 9
Cullen goes head to head with the new marshal to recover his arrested railroad workers. Campbell confronts Louise over a story.
#7 - God of Chaos
Season 1 - Episode 10
In the Season 1 finale, Cullen's past and future collide, impacting his life on the railroad.
#8 - Fathers and Sins
Season 3 - Episode 9
With General Grant's deadline only two days away, a gang of riders attacks Cheyenne while Cullen and Elam pay Durant a visit.
#9 - Done
Season 5 - Episode 14
The golden spike, government hearings and unpredictable actions mean new beginnings and endings for the survivors.
#11 - Get Behind the Mule
Season 3 - Episode 10
Cullen grapples with consequences while Elam mounts a rescue attempt. Durant receives Gen. Grant and the U.P. board in Cheyenne ahead of the deadline.
#12 - Revelations
Season 1 - Episode 7
With Elam's life in the balance, Cullen must decide how much he’s willing to risk. Meanwhile Durant faces financial ruin as Lily confronts the family of her late husband.
#13 - Elam Ferguson
Season 4 - Episode 7
Cullen attempts to reconnect with Elam upon his return. Durant takes matters into his own hands while putting an old problem to rest.
#14 - The Railroad Job
Season 2 - Episode 5
Cullen's past catches up with him and threatens the fate of the railroad.
#15 - Escape from the Garden
Season 4 - Episode 2
As Cullen plans an exit from Fort Smith, he challenges The Swede; when a new adversary arrives, Cheyenne feels his presence.
#16 - Eminent Domain
Season 3 - Episode 2
An unexpected roadblock forces Cullen to make a difficult choice as a reporter arrives in Hell on Wheels. Elam struggles with his new boss.
#17 - The Game
Season 3 - Episode 4
Cullen and Elam try to secure a new lumber source following a railroad accident; Durant tells Louise a secret about Cullen.
#18 - Slaughterhouse
Season 2 - Episode 3
Cullen struggles to maintain order while Mickey's and Sean's lives are endangered; Lily and Elam clean up a mess of their own doing.
#19 - Big Bad Wolf
Season 3 - Episode 1
After a hard winter, Cullen and Elam travel to New York to secure their positions on the railroad as Durant fights for his legacy from prison.
#20 - Purged away with Blood
Season 2 - Episode 6
Despite fighting to save his own life, Durant must try to keep the railroad from going under. Meanwhile, Cullen comes to the aid of an old comrade.
#21 - Immoral Mathematics
Season 1 - Episode 2
Lily encounters natives in the wilderness. Cullen is questioned in regards to his recent actions against others. Meanwhile, Durant continues his push for political gain through his persuasions.
#22 - Bread and Circuses
Season 1 - Episode 5
A bare-knuckle brouhaha between Elam and Cullen is spurred by Durant's latest attempt to deal with the railroad's financial crisis.
#23 - Range War
Season 3 - Episode 3
Cullen and Elam search for their stolen food on the prairie; a stranger's arrival threatens Elam's family.
#24 - Life's a Mystery
Season 4 - Episode 5
Cullens's family is at risk when a stranger arrives, stirring up old feelings; The Swede faces the consequences.
#25 - Cholera
Season 3 - Episode 7
When a cholera epidemic hits Hell on Wheels, Cullen must find fresh water before his workers die. Durant faces political fallout.