AMC Renews Hell On Wheels for Season 3

This train keeps on rollin'! AMC has ordered a third season of Hell on Wheels, according to Deadline Hollywood. The series' second season averaged 2.4 million viewers during its run, not too bad for an AMC series, but well below the network's megahit The Walking Dead, which recently broke cable records by drawing more than 10 million viewers.

The third season of the Western drama, about a former Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) who moves west to avenge the murder of his wife in Railroad Country, will once again consist of 10 episodes. However, Hell on Wheels will return without the duo that created it. Joe and Tony Gayton were only signed on for two seasons and will shift their focus to other projects. Showrunner John Shiban will stick around.

I bailed pretty early on the show as I found it watchable but fairly unspectacular. However, I heard things really picked up in Season 2. Did you keep up with it? Is it worth getting back into?

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Yes please watch it. It's really good.
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Not as good as Breaking Bad, SOA, Justified, NCIS - mostly because HOW had a few "filler episodes", but better than the other shows after those IMO.
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It did get better during it's 2nd season. The season finale was awesome.
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Yes! That's made my day.
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we really enjoy it. I'm currently re-watching season 1 again before starting season 2. Can't wait to see season 3.
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one of the best shows on TV
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It's not a bad show, but I still have all but the first two episodes of season two still on DVR. It's kinda dry, and Common's getting on my nerves.

Still, I'll catch up, and I'll likely end up watching season three...eventually.
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This show really picked up steam the back half of this season but I'm really surprised by this decision. I certainly understand the lead writers leaving the show as it makes sense. Their story ended with the lead character repeating his personal history of leaving the person he loves behind for an outside cause (building a railroad/civil war) with tragic results. I'm just not sure there is much left to tell because anyone with personality died in season 2.



I think the bottom line is the transcontinental railroad is an interesting story and would be a great miniseries but there aren't enough plots to carry a series. The fact the writers kept killing everyone instead of limiting the deaths to more minor players made this fact even worse.
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The second season of the show was fluctuating when it comes to the entertainment factor. Some episodes shouldn't have been filmed, some of them were amazing. Since they developed some interesting cliff hanger I'll be watching the third season and I hope they will have a better start and a better character build.
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I have watched all the episodes, but I actually don't care about the renewal. The show just isn't entertaining enough. I'm not sure if it's the story, the characters, or the way the story is told, but something just isn't right.

I also hated the death in the finale. She was by far the most likeable character on the show. She was beautiful, smart and a genuinely good person. I don't understand what they were thinking. The story needs a good female character.
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Yes Tim it's definitely worth getting back into!
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hmm they dropped the revenge aspect in season two which made me a little confused, wonder what season three will be about, just building the railway perhaps?
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Good news, this is a good show that deserves a third season.
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I purchased the 1st season DVD.. I will purchase the 2nd season when it becomes available. And the 3rd ................ I will turn a blind eye to whatever device they use if they bring Lily back, accept it, and appreciate having her return.
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Very good news! Anyone who took a powder on this show, or for anyone that hasn't seen it yet, I suggest giving it a chance. I'm always a sucker for a good western, and this one is pretty darn good, and the railroad setting is a welcome change of pace to some ok corral ripoff. This show may not be the second coming of Deadwood, but it's every bit the standard of quality set by AMC, even without the acclaim of some of the networks heavy hitters. And if they're willing/able to give a satisfactory conclusion to the series, then that'll be something Deadwood never got.
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this makes me very happy. S2 was a huge improvement over S1, despite (because of) ditching the revenge premise that was supposed to be driving the show. I do get the sense that this show is like the trains they depict: moving forward on track being built just in front of them, with a probable endpoint planned, but no clue what is between here and there.

The S2 finale brought about so many changes, I'm interested to see what they can set up for an S3.
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I tried the pilot twice and couldn't make it all the way through either time.
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I watch almost every quality show on television, and I feel think it is safe to say that it is on of the five best shows currently on tv. It is not as good as Breaking Bad, but it is not far behind. I will say that Treme, Boss, Hell on Wheels and SOA can compete for the second place. POI is not far behind. So you can definately start to watch it again! Compared to Boardwalk empire, it is a much better period piece. I even think that it is better than Deadwood..



Did Gunderson really die? Or did he miracously survive?
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It's a good looking show with a fairly decent cast, but Anson Mount's revenge mission got derailed to the point of being non-existent and pointless by his getting caught up in the railroad. The "Swede" story seemed somewhat interesting and ended up sort of weird and senseless. I like Heyerdahl (sp?), as he's sort of a new Lon Chaney, but not sure what the point of his character really was.

The duo that created this having signed on for two years and now leaving seems indicative that this show never had solid focus or long term ambition and it sort of shows in the series. Makes you wonder if they ever really cared or knew what to do with it.

The death of Lily, and I thought Eva's husband's death was wrong also, made it disappointing even more. Yet, it's still a show you want to like.
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This is good news. I hope they bring Dominique McEligott back for season 3.
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Glad it was renewed. With Deadwood gone, this is the best American West period piece on TV (ok, only?). It's a solid show, worth seeing through until the end.
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One of my favorites. You should give it another shot!
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I will absolutely be watching this. While I was surprised at Lilly's demise, I think it was necessary to set up the scenario for season 3. I expect we will see Bohannon become a hard ass railroad baron! The harshness this will require from him would probably not be possible with Lilly around to soften him up...
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It's no Deadwood....but it ain't too bad.
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I want to say I will not watch it because of a certain death in the final (that really p*ssed me off... honestly, now he has lost 2 women he loved???) BUT, I am a sucker, so I will tune in for at least the first few episodes of Season 3 to see what direction they are taking the show.
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HELL yes! Season 2 was awesome!
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I'm not sure if I can say that it's worth getting back into if you felt the urge to ditch it during season 1. I guess you can say it improved in season 2, but it's also not much different.

I'll probably watch season 3 when it comes around. It's not my favorite show or anything but I like it.

Also, -- kind of a spoiler -- I'm not entirely sure Lily is really dead. I have a feeling she'll be back next season.
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I would be so glad to see Lilly back next season ! But sadly, I think she's gone for good. I mean, we saw Bohannon carrying her and she didn't look unconscious.

Don't you think it would discredit the producers / directors to say "She's dead in the 2nd season but look who's back on the 3rd?"

We'll have to wait and see but I'm curious about where they're going to take the show now.
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I believe I touched on this at some point during the review for the season finale, but the idea is that the episode is shown and told as a story by Bohannon to the cops. If I remembered correctly then and if I remember correctly now, Lily's death was a part of his story, not something that happened afterwards. And if there's one thing I learned in English classes, it is the importance of the narrator's reliability. He could very well have lied about it.
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It seems very strange to do this and not give us a hint before the season is over.
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So...you think they are going to try to capitalize on the success of Walking Dead and create a Walking On Wheels crossover? (There's a necrophilia joke in there somewhere involving Cullen and Lily.)
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Starring those weird wheeling dudes from Return to Oz.
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Hell on Wheels was awesome from the PILOT thru Season 2 finale one of the best shows on television !! so hell yes to season 3!!!!!
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One word I have this news is YES!
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I'm actually surprised there was consistent viewership all season, approx. 2M a week. Needless to say they aired eps back-to-back with Breaking Bad. I need to catch up on this really bad.
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I'm not sure I want to watch it since they killed of Lilly, the Swede may be dead or just disappear if he's alive, and Durant is now on his way to prison. The season 2 finale kind of killed off too much at once.
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yeppers
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