The BEST Episodes of Hell on Wheels

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2019

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.


#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.

star 8.21
700 votes
Directors: John Shiban
Writers: John Shiban
Blood Moon Rising

#2 - Blood Moon Rising

Season 2 - Episode 10

Cullen fights to save Hell on Wheels.

star 8.17
335 votes
Directors: John Shiban
Writers: John Shiban

#3 - Derailed

Season 1 - Episode 8

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

star 8.15
687 votes
Writers: Mark Richard
Blood Moon

#4 - Blood Moon

Season 2 - Episode 9

Cullen prepares for battle while the town celebrates.

star 8.12
595 votes
Directors: Terry McDonough
Writers: Mark Richard, Jami O'Brien
God of Chaos

#5 - God of Chaos

Season 1 - Episode 10

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

star 8.11
697 votes
Writers: Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
Return to Hell

#6 - 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.

star 8.11
717 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jami O'Brien
Two Trains

#7 - 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.

star 8.10
730 votes
Directors: Marvin V. Rush
Writers: Bruce Marshall Romans

#8 - Done

Season 5 - Episode 14

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

star 8.10
1,182 votes
Writers: Jami O'Brien, Thomas Brady
One Less Mule

#9 - One Less Mule

Season 3 - Episode 6

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

star 8.09
725 votes
Writers: John Wirth, Lolis Eric Elie
Get Behind the Mule

#10 - 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.

star 8.04
731 votes
Directors: Neil LaBute
Writers: Mark Richard, Jami O'Brien

#11 - 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.

star 8.03
707 votes
Writers: Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
The Railroad Job

#12 - The Railroad Job

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

star 8.01
627 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Mark Richard
Elam Ferguson

#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.

star 8.01
763 votes
Directors: Rod Lurie
Writers: Mark Richard, Tom Brady
Escape from the Garden

#14 - 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.

star 8.00
758 votes
Directors: Neil LaBute
Writers: Mark Richard
Eminent Domain

#15 - 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.

star 7.99
538 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: John Wirth
The Game

#16 - 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.

star 7.96
717 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Jami O'Brien
Big Bad Wolf

#17 - 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.

star 7.95
765 votes
Writers: Mark Richard

#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.

star 7.95
631 votes
Writers: Jami O'Brien, Bruce Marshall Romans
Purged away with Blood

#19 - 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.

star 7.95
628 votes
Directors: Joe Gayton
Writers: Tony Gayton, Tom Brady
Immoral Mathematics

#20 - 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.

star 7.94
910 votes
Writers: Tony Gayton, Joe Gayton
Bread and Circuses

#21 - 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.

star 7.93
740 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Mark Richard
Range War

#22 - 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.

star 7.92
722 votes
Directors: Dennie Gordon
Writers: Mark Richard, Reed Steiner
Life's a Mystery

#23 - 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.

star 7.91
738 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Mark Richard, Tom Brady
False Prophets

#24 - False Prophets

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.

star 7.91
929 votes
Directors: Rod Lurie
Writers: John Romano, Thomas Brady
Thirteen Steps

#25 - Thirteen Steps

Season 4 - Episode 12

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

star 7.91
678 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson