The Best Episodes of Hell on Wheels


#1 - Timshel 8.32

Season 1 - Episode 9

A looming railroad deadline throws Cullen and Lily together; Joseph and Elam deal with what their violent mission has wrought.

Directors: John Shiban
Blood Moon Rising

#2 - Blood Moon Rising 8.27

Season 2 - Episode 10

Cullen fights to save Hell on Wheels.

Directors: John Shiban

#3 - Derailed 8.24

Season 1 - Episode 8

Durant dispatches Cullen and Elam on a mission of vengeance. Lily struggles to find her place.

Directors: David Von Ancken
Return to Hell

#4 - Return to Hell 8.23

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.

Directors: Billy Gierhart
Two Trains

#5 - Two Trains 8.22

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.

Directors: Marvin V. Rush
God of Chaos

#6 - God of Chaos 8.22

Season 1 - Episode 10

In the Season 1 finale, Cullen's past and future collide, impacting his life on the railroad.

Directors: David Von Ancken
One Less Mule

#7 - One Less Mule 8.19

Season 3 - Episode 6

Durant files an injunction against Union Pacific, threatening Cullen's position; Elam deals with a dangerous newcomer.

Directors: David Straiton, Deran Sarafian
Blood Moon

#8 - Blood Moon 8.18

Season 2 - Episode 9

Cullen prepares for battle while the town celebrates.

Directors: Terry McDonough
Get Behind the Mule

#9 - Get Behind the Mule 8.18

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.

Directors: Neil LaBute
Fathers and Sins

#10 - Fathers and Sins 8.18

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.

Directors: Billy Gierhart

#11 - Done 8.15

Season 5 - Episode 14

The golden spike, government hearings and unpredictable actions mean new beginnings and endings for the survivors.

Directors: David Von Ancken
Eminent Domain

#12 - Eminent Domain 8.14

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.

Directors: Adam Davidson
Elam Ferguson

#13 - Elam Ferguson 8.11

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.

Directors: Rod Lurie
The Railroad Job

#14 - The Railroad Job 8.11

Season 2 - Episode 5

Cullen's past catches up with him and threatens the fate of the railroad.

Directors: Michael Nankin

#15 - Revelations 8.11

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.

Directors: Michelle MacLaren
Escape from the Garden

#16 - Escape from the Garden 8.09

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.

Directors: Neil LaBute
Big Bad Wolf

#17 - Big Bad Wolf 8.05

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.

Directors: David Von Ancken
Immoral Mathematics

#18 - Immoral Mathematics 8.05

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.

Directors: David Von Ancken
The Game

#19 - The Game 8.04

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.

Directors: Adam Davidson

#20 - Slaughterhouse 8.03

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.

Directors: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
Purged away with Blood

#21 - Purged away with Blood 8.03

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.

Directors: Joe Gayton
Life's a Mystery

#22 - Life's a Mystery 8.02

Season 4 - Episode 5

Cullens's family is at risk when a stranger arrives, stirring up old feelings; The Swede faces the consequences.

Directors: David Straiton
False Prophets

#23 - False Prophets 8.01

Season 5 - Episode 7

Cullen and Durant meet with President Grant to discuss the future of the railroad; the Swede puts his plan against the Mormons in action.

Directors: Rod Lurie
Thirteen Steps

#24 - Thirteen Steps 8.01

Season 4 - Episode 12

Cullen grapples with Ruth's unexpected decision; Louise jeopardizes her reputation to fight for a story she believes in.

Directors: Roxann Dawson
Chicken Hill

#25 - Chicken Hill 7.99

Season 4 - Episode 3

Cullen goes back to work on the railroad and butts heads with his new boss. Durant and Campbell battle over a valuable piece of real estate.

Directors: Dennie Gordon