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

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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Just finished Season 01 in Germany. Awesome show, so underrated. Nice to see that it will go on.
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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..)
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Nope, she's dead
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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.
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She isn't dead. But I wish she were.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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This is the dumbest reply on this entire page
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The creators of the show left because AMC chose not to renew their contracts, instead thinking they could continue on with showrunner Shiban, who then jumped ship. I always wonder about the politics going on behind the scenes and how AMC arrived at the decision they did. Not real sure about Wirth's resume, although I somewhat enjoyed Terminator: TSCC.
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Good news on the renewal.... but on Wirth? jury is still out, and will be for some time.
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Why would you stop watching a show because one character dies? While I liked Lilly I thought it made sense to get rid of her. It wouldn't be much of a show if Cullen builds a nice house by the river and starts have baby Bells. It's his anger and darkness that makes him interesting. I hope he finds out that Swede was involved in his wifes death too, and he is alive, and Cullen goes on a murderous badass trail of revenge.
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Cullen wasn't the one building the house by the river and trying to make babies. Pay more attention! Neither Cullen nor Lily would have been interested in settling down. They were both so passionate about the railroad. Which is what made them so well suited. Stupid to kill her off. Now there's nothing but the hollow shell of what was a man and some stupid revenge plot.
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She's talking hypothetically if Cullen and Lilly built a house on the river much like Elam did, why don't you pay attention?
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All the shows you listed for Wirth were canceled early - to me that means he's not very good at keeping viewers' interest. Oh well, because they killed off Lily, and there's Coppers to watch instead.
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I'll stick with it - even though I'm a little skeptical of Wirth's past work. However, considering its AMC (a network pretty good at maintaining a quality brand), and unfortunately "Hell..." is the only source for Westerns today. Showrunners don't necessarily fight off every influence that isn't their own, but who knows, maybe the fellow has a passion-project Western deep down in his heart and this will be a renaissance for Bohannon and co.
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The Cape. V. Lilly dead.
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Absolutely pleased. I hope they find a way to bring back Lily Bell (Dominique McElligott).
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I heard this one opinion and I liked it....it was "his" version of what happened. All they have to do is show that he told the federal government that she died, in order to protect her. She was the one that sent the books, but that was way after the fact she knew about the situation of Durant lying. I don't, but I am hoping.
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For me, Hell on Wheels died along with Lily Bell. I wouldn't even care if bringing her back made absolutely no sense. That's the only way I'd watch again.
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I am in total agreement. When I saw Lilly die, I immediately took HoW off my dvr series list. That was a really low blow to do to fans.
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agreed here. killing Lily was complete nonsense. I kinda don't want to watch it anymore.
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100% agree. I can't remember the last time I was this pissed off when a character was killed off.
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You are all just too used to formulaic television, you stop watching because you don't like what happened although it needed to happen for the show to keep moving in the right direction (or left).
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I love this show. But this is either a good sign or a bad sign for its future.
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WHY are showrunners- creators leaving there shows first supernatural now hell on wheels if you create a show stick with it till its end
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I'm not sure why they keeping this show. I thought the last episode made it tough to continue the series. Perhaps they have no other options and need to fill time but I find that hard to believe.

I loved Brisco County but if they start chasing an orb I'll never watch another episode (obscure Brisco County reference)
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i still have to catch-up... over the holidays I will.
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lol
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YAY!! I think???

While I am happy one of my fav shows is returning, I am also concerned. The creators leaving is never a good sign. And I don't really like anything on this new dude's resume....
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Maybe he can get Bruce Campbell to do a Brisco cameo...
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