The BEST Episodes of Hell on Wheels

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2020

Network: AMC

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.

Blood Moon

#1 - Blood Moon

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 7, 2012

Cullen prepares for battle while the town celebrates.

star 8.17
1,683 votes
Directors: Terry McDonough
Writers: Jami O'Brien, Mark Richard
Blood Moon Rising

#2 - Blood Moon Rising

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 7, 2012

Cullen fights to save Hell on Wheels.

star 8.08
691 votes
Directors: John Shiban
Writers: John Shiban

#3 - 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.

star 8.05
1,298 votes
Writers: Jami O'Brien, Thomas Brady
Return to Hell

#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.

star 8.01
1,320 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jami O'Brien
Two Trains

#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.

star 8.00
1,414 votes
Directors: Marvin V. Rush
Writers: Bruce Marshall Romans

#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.

star 7.99
2,466 votes
Directors: John Shiban
Writers: John Shiban

#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.

star 7.97
2,371 votes
Writers: Mark Richard
God of Chaos

#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.

star 7.96
2,381 votes
Writers: Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
False Prophets

#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.

star 7.95
1,156 votes
Directors: Rod Lurie
Writers: John Romano, Thomas Brady

#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.

star 7.94
2,444 votes
Writers: Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
The Railroad Job

#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.

star 7.93
2,012 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Mark Richard
Get Behind the Mule

#12 - 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.

star 7.91
1,600 votes
Directors: Neil LaBute
Writers: Jami O'Brien, Mark Richard

#13 - 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.

star 7.91
1,884 votes
Writers: Bruce Marshall Romans, Jami O'Brien
Eminent Domain

#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.

star 7.89
1,084 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: John Wirth
Fathers and Sins

#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.

star 7.88
1,575 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: John Wirth, Reed Steiner
Elam Ferguson

#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.

star 7.87
1,421 votes
Directors: Rod Lurie
Writers: Mark Richard, Tom Brady
Immoral Mathematics

#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.

star 7.84
2,944 votes
Writers: Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
Bread and Circuses

#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.

star 7.84
2,452 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Mark Richard
Pride, Pomp and Circumstance

#19 - 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.

star 7.82
2,611 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Bruce Marshall Romans
The White Spirit

#20 - 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.

star 7.82
1,765 votes
Writers: Bruce Marshall Romans, Jami O'Brien
Big Bad Wolf

#21 - 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.

star 7.81
1,719 votes
Writers: Mark Richard
One Less Mule

#22 - One Less Mule

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 7, 2013

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

star 7.81
1,702 votes
Writers: John Wirth, Lolis Eric Elie
Railroad Men

#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.

star 7.81
1,380 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: John Wirth, Thomas Brady
Escape from the Garden

#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.

star 7.78
1,330 votes
Directors: Neil LaBute
Writers: Mark Richard
Purged away with Blood

#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.

star 7.78
1,902 votes
Directors: Joe Gayton
Writers: Tom Brady, Tony Gayton