AMC Renews Hell on Wheels for Season 3, for Real This Time

By Tim Surette

Dec 12, 2012

It was on, then it was off, now it's back on again. After a brief hiccup, AMC has officially renewed Hell on Wheels, its post-Civil War drama, for a third season of 10 episodes due to premiere in the second half of 2013. The decision was finally worthy of a press release once the network found a showrunner in veteran John Wirth.

In late October, word broke that AMC had renewed the series for a third season, but that it would continue without its creators Joe and Tony Gayton. John Shiban was expected to stick around at the time. But just days later, Shiban jumped off the train, leaving the series without a leader and putting its future on hold.

Enter Wirth, whose recent credits include executive producer and consulting producer labels on The Cape, V, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Though his last projects were all in the science-fiction genre, Wirth has experience with Westerns as a producer on The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

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  • myrddinde Apr 06, 2013

    Just finished Season 01 in Germany. Awesome show, so underrated. Nice to see that it will go on.

  • Pegase Apr 04, 2013

    Cool... as far as I'm concerned it's Lily not dying that would have made a farce of the show continuing.. there's no show with a happy Cullen.

    and for the people that get pissed off about major characters dying: stop watching Game of Thrones right now! (and I presume you've stopped watching Walking Dead too..)

  • Deacon092 Mar 12, 2013

    Now we just need them to clean up thos locos. ALL locomotives in the 1860s were very pretty and decorated.. Yes even the freight engines. It was the victorian era. It would be great to see them how they were and not the ugly rust buckets that are in the show now.

  • Deacon092 Mar 12, 2013

    Ok, look everyone bickering about how the show would even go on, obviously knows NOTHING about the transcontinental railroad. There is so much amazing history they can tap into that would seriously put enough interest to go as long in this series as it actually took to build the railroad in the first place.(6 years) Im a ranger for Golden Spike NHS. If they play there cards right this could be an AMAZING series. with or without lilly.

  • BeckyFowler Mar 04, 2013

    Well I'm stoked. I loved The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. It was a one-of-king. And so is HOW. It can't come back soon enough to suit me!

  • amyspek1 Feb 04, 2013

    I do not have any interest watching anymore either if Lilly is dead. She was a MAIN charater! She had almost as much impact on the show as Cullen did. They didnt have to get married or settle down untill much later, in which there could have been lots of 'drama' before then. They could make a way for her to come back...maybe he was so distraught, he just thought she was dead and left her at the church or whatever it was. And like someone else said, it could have been just how 'he' saw things, or he was dreaming..lol, anything. Bottom line I wont watch if she does not come back! And I looked forward to the show each week and was very angry how it ended.

  • rickkreher5 Jan 30, 2013

    Lilly isn't dead. That was just Cullen telling the story. They were after her. He hid her out somewhere. Although I hope to hell she's dead.

  • nblasgen Feb 12, 2013

    Nope, she's dead

  • Phil_W Jan 25, 2013

    I won't even bother with a season three after the way season 2 ended. Why kill off one of your main characters who was carrying the main story-line, and then expect people to still want to tune in for the only shallow, depth-less possible future the rest of the show might hold? Stupid ending, and THE ending of the show for me. Which sucks, because I really, really loved it right up to the end.

  • rickkreher5 Jan 30, 2013

    She isn't dead. But I wish she were.

  • robscorc Jan 30, 2013

    shes dead. There were a lot of reasons for her death, none of which im allowed to talk about, but I can assure you both season 3 is going to kick ass.. PS I work on the show.

  • sharonmcconne1 Jan 10, 2013

    didnt like seeing lily dying but it was the west...times were tough back then. life was fragile. just the way it was. love the show and happy there will be a season 3!

  • joostin_cdn Dec 17, 2012

    A. Producers pay for the shows, not write them.
    B. Lilly's death was necessary to put Cullen back on the dark, vengeful path.
    C. If the death of a supporting character ruins a show for you...start watching Care Bears.

  • Phil_W Jan 25, 2013

    So now that the show is just about shooting people, getting revenge, and having sex with prostitutes, it's still as good? Joostin, love makes the world go round!

  • setlung Mar 17, 2013

    This is the dumbest reply on this entire page

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