The BEST Episodes of Hell on Wheels
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021
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 - Blood Moon
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 7, 2012
Cullen prepares for battle while the town celebrates.
#2 - Done
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 23, 2016
The golden spike, government hearings and unpredictable actions mean new beginnings and endings for the survivors.
#3 - Blood Moon Rising
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 7, 2012
Cullen fights to save Hell on Wheels.
#4 - Return to Hell
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 4, 2014
Cullen, Durant, and Campbell try to negotiate a settlement on how the streets will be policed; an act of terror strikes Cheyenne.
#5 - Two Trains
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 27, 2014
Cullen goes head to head with the new marshal to recover his arrested railroad workers. Campbell confronts Louise over a story.
#6 - Timshel
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 8, 2012
A looming railroad deadline throws Cullen and Lily together; Joseph and Elam deal with what their violent mission has wrought.
#7 - Derailed
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 1, 2012
Durant dispatches Cullen and Elam on a mission of vengeance. Lily struggles to find her place.
#8 - God of Chaos
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 15, 2012
In the Season 1 finale, Cullen's past and future collide, impacting his life on the railroad.
#9 - False Prophets
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 29, 2015
Cullen and Durant meet with President Grant to discuss the future of the railroad; the Swede puts his plan against the Mormons in action.
#10 - Revelations
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 18, 2011
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.
#11 - The Railroad Job
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 9, 2012
Cullen's past catches up with him and threatens the fate of the railroad.
#12 - Slaughterhouse
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 26, 2012
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.
#13 - Get Behind the Mule
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 5, 2013
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.
#14 - Eminent Domain
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 10, 2013
An unexpected roadblock forces Cullen to make a difficult choice as a reporter arrives in Hell on Wheels. Elam struggles with his new boss.
#15 - Fathers and Sins
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 28, 2013
With General Grant's deadline only two days away, a gang of riders attacks Cheyenne while Cullen and Elam pay Durant a visit.
#16 - Elam Ferguson
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 13, 2014
Cullen attempts to reconnect with Elam upon his return. Durant takes matters into his own hands while putting an old problem to rest.
#17 - Immoral Mathematics
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 13, 2011
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.
#18 - Bread and Circuses
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 4, 2011
A bare-knuckle brouhaha between Elam and Cullen is spurred by Durant's latest attempt to deal with the railroad's financial crisis.
#19 - The White Spirit
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 23, 2012
In the aftermath of tragedy, Lily and Cullen struggle to maintain order in Hell on Wheels. Meanwhile, Elam makes plans for the future.
#20 - Pride, Pomp and Circumstance
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 11, 2011
Durant challenges the Cheyenne to a competition in an effort to bring a halt to ongoing negotiations. Meanwhile, Elam and Cullen try to prevent bloodshed in town.
#22 - Big Bad Wolf
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 10, 2013
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.
#23 - Railroad Men
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 16, 2016
The race to finish the railroad comes down to inches, forcing all parties to contemplate the end of the line, and what the future holds for them.
#24 - Escape from the Garden
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 9, 2014
As Cullen plans an exit from Fort Smith, he challenges The Swede; when a new adversary arrives, Cheyenne feels his presence.
#25 - Purged Away With Blood
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 16, 2012
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.