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Hell on Wheels S03E10: "Get Behind the Mule"


Huh. Well. Technically that was the last episode of the season, but was it a season finale? 

Much like its scrappy protagonist, AMC’s Western has managed to cheat death for at least three seasons + a switch to Saturday nights. This most recent 10-episode arc established a new direction for the world of railroad citizens, the nation, and most importantly, former rapscallion Cullen Bohannon. As the Union Pacific has become more established, so too has Hell on Wheels' infrastructure. There's more oversight from Washington, more town stability, and more maturity in the chief railroad engineer's perspective. But is this satisfying? Like, if this were the last Hell on Wheels season ever, would viewers be happy? Of course not. You can’t largely neglect the emotional devastation that Lily Bell's death must've had on Bohannon and exile a great villain like the Swede to the role of distant, looming threat, then say that Bohannon's moved past all this when for most of the season he's been focusing almost entirely on railroad business duties. As such, "Get Behind the Mule" worked fine as a standalone episode of Hell on Wheels, but struggled to wrap up the nine episodes that preceded it, opting instead to bet on the future.

I don’t know how the television business works, guys. I’m just a simple plumber. Like, behind the scenes, do the Hell on Wheels folks know that they are in good standing with AMC, and they're all "Cliffhanger duh, then the suits will have to give us another one duh"? Maybe. Let’s do a little review here: So Bohannon has married a Mormon girl and is working basically as a slave under the Swede, helping these pious fort-dwellers build a spur line. Elam might be dead at the paws of a grizzly. Ruth said "damn," and is caretaker of little Ezra (who could help undo the Swede’s schemes), while toastmaster Durant’s back in charge of the Union Pacific. Mickey’s gearing up to be a successful businessman and town mayor as Eva walks the streets in a daze, believing her lover to be dead. These are all cool machinations, but not endings where I come from (a.k.a. "a sewer in Central California"). 


We finally got that reunion between star-crossed haters, Bohannon and the Swede, or should I say, "Bishop Dutson." While I’ll never kick drama between these two out of bed, one thing I found pretty disappointing was the refusal to address in high detail the Swede’s death confirmation on Bohannon’s part. What we saw was a man falling off a bridge into some water, but why didn’t Bohannon trundle down to water’s edge and check? Perhaps the tide was too strong for him to make it down in time, but this small detail has always irked me. Like, was there a time when the Swede might not have returned, and the show runners needed a possible out? In any case, it was fun to see Bohannon’s eyes go wide at recognizing his old nemesis and attempt to give him the old Jesse Pinkman manacle treatment. Don't get me wrong, it's good these two are together again, but to what end? We don't have any more episodes to find out! Similarly, Bishop Dutson introduced an interesting comparison in their meeting of the minds: For Bohannon to believe that he himself has changed, he might have to accept that others can change, too. Only difference is that the Swede has changed like three times already, and I think there is a limit on personal change, which is "before 'changing' is just what that person does."   

After last week, we knew that Bohannon’s trajectory was aimed somewhere near family territory, what with all his wholesome daddin’-out with Ezra and talk of marrying Ruth, so it was clever to force him into the world of a married man under undesirable circumstances. The Swede's decision to let Bohannon live made some sense, but I’m not sure the Swede even hates Bohannon that much anymore. His options seemed more like "Definitely kill this guy I hate so much" or "Eh, I don’t hate him that much. Whatever" and he chose the latter. Then again, neither knows the other’s connection to Ezra, which could stir up some fatherly conflict.       

But see what I mean? There’s not another episode to explore these setups, and no word yet on whether a new season is on the way. Elam’s trip out to rescue Bohannon confirmed their friendship, which is always a heartwarming thing, but I don’t think he’s dead. He can’t be. He’s one of the most compelling characters on the show and deserves a much more extravagant sendoff than being a cliffhanger.  

I guess what I’m trying to say overall is that there’s the kind of finale that hints at more story (like Elam not being killed via bear) while still presenting a theoretical conclusion to the whole deal, and then there's the kind of finale that leans so heavily on that hint of more story (like Elam definitely not being killed via bear) that no ending, not even a temporary one, really takes place. Just a lot of "Wait 'til you see what we got planned for next season." Guess we’ll have to cross our fingers in the meantime.   


QUESTIONS:

– What relevance do the characters "Ruth" and "Naomi" have to the bible story with characters of the same name?

– How will Durant run things now that he's back in power?

– Is Elam dead?

– What do you think of Mickey's ascent? 

– Will Bohannon ditch out on his Mormon marriage?

– Will Bohannon join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?

– What did you think of "Get Behind the Mule"?


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AIRED ON 7/23/2016

Season 5 : Episode 14

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The only credited tuba player on the show was Joelle Kupin, but it is very hard to find out who actually was playing the tuba on this episode.

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Hello readers
My Name is: Jake am from England, All thanks goes to Dr Ajagbo for saving my
marriage from toning apart. i feel so grateful and only have good words
about a powerful spell caster named Dr Ajagbo who helped me bring
back my wife. We had been apart for over 4 months , at first I was thinking if I
was doing the right thing by contacting a spell caster, but I so much love
my wife and won't give her up for anything in this world. I decided to
contact Dr Ajagbo through his email address, via email address: Ajagbospelltemple@gmail.com and I also call him with his phone number+2348156759423.
and I found on several testifiers messages about him online,and I told him about my situation, he laughed and told
me my wife will be back to me in the next 48 hours. I felt it wasn't going
to happen at first until my wife called me and was so eager to have me
back more than anything on earth.. Now we are together and she cant do
without me,and both of us are happy. I feel so happy sharing this
testimony because there was no negative act attached to his great works. His spell
work very smooth and fast. Thanks to Dr Ajagbo for bringing back
happiness to my life. I swear with my life that Dr ajagbo is a man to
trust and take your problems to. You can contact him on his email if you
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No it was not a season finale. In fact there are 3 more episodes this season. Back in November 2013 AMC announced there would be 13 episodes. They do as many episodes as itbrakes to tell the story each season. Season 2 had 11 episodes.

Season 4 episode 11 will air on Nov 8 2014
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I wish AMC would get their site fixed. I tried to watch S4 Ep1 on 2 different days - got half way through and a commercial won't stop buffering so I can't watch the rest.
I'm having to download off the PirateBay right now just to catch up!
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Couchtuner.EU is where I watch it... Just FYI
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Elam is not dead..read article on Yahoo TV with producer. New characters and character development are crucial even if fans like us do not like the story..otherwise its just the same story over and over. I thought the Season 4 first episode was ok..it was better than some opinions posted here.
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Has anyone else noticed the timeline between bohannon and the Mormon girl doesnt make sense? Theres no way that child is his its like over a year difference from them meeting to her being what looks 7 months pregnant. Since at the beginning of the season they indicated it was about a year in Omaha.
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It does make sense. After the winter storm passed at the start of season 3 only 6 months had passed.
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Please tell me somebody else noticed the fact that Eva was crying and said that she felt Elam's spirit pass, Elam's dead. As if in fact he did die. But at the same time they foreshadowed Elam's return.
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I'm surprised by how few people point out that the marriage to Naomi isn't valid. The Swede's not really a clergyman, he has no authority to marry anyone.
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Back in the 1860's on the frontier, marriages were performed by just about anyone in authority, even if they were fakes. Cullen and Naomi are married, along with the other couples the Swede married.
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Any show that references Tom Waits is awesome. AMC makes the best action dramas.
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So when is new season starting up again???????
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It has definitely been renewed but when it returns is hard to say with amc. It will definitely return by this time next year, but it may return a lot sooner.
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As long as we recognize that most of #HoW is fiction, this is an entertaining story. It was sad but good story telling when Lili was murdered. It would have been best to end it there, allow Bohannon to kill the Swede, finish the RR, move to San Francisco and become fat and rich. This season was simply gratuitous near-death escapes and plot twists. The real story of RR building was indeed full of corruption and almost-slave labor; that would itself make an interesting story.
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our hero hopes it returns for season 4 or he's left by himself with his pregnant teenage wife living on a Mormon reservation run by a serial killer who has it in for him. Then again back at the ranch his job has been taken from him and there's another woman with the hots for him taking care of a kid he sort of adopted. Maybe he doesn't want to return. I might not
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This episode ruined the season (even series if its series finale). One of worst finale I have ever seen. It feels incomplete ending unless AMC want to announce season 4.
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Really like this series but how many of you can see how season 4 (if it gets renewed) is going to play out? Follow me as I Hollywood Plot-O-Matic it for you:
Elam Ferguson is not dead, but gravely injured. He is rescued by the one Indian he left alive in the 4 on 1 fight he had while on his quest to save Bohannon. That Indian had been tracking him, at first to get even and kill him, but now seeing what a fierce warrior he is, (killing three braves and a grizzly bear with a knife), he brings him back to his tribe to nurse him back to health. Once he regains strength he realizes that the Indians and the black man have a common enemy, the evil white man. Elam gathers them to assault the Mormon camp to bust out Bohannon.
Meanwhile while in captivity in the camp, Bohannon grows to enjoy his life with whatever her name was. Unfortunately, the series would suck if he was married and had a kid so she will lose the baby and probably die.
The Swede will be responsible for that somehow.
Right at this time the Indians will try to bust out Bohannon and probably fail. (we need at least 10 episodes folks)
Elam will get captured and again Bohannon will be facing the gallows, now with Elam.
Joseph will get word via the Indian pipeline, get back to Hell on Wheels talk to Ruth who will rush to the Mormon camp, with the boy whose parent were murdered by the Swede.
The Mormons let Ruth in since she's a woman of God and the boy sees the Swede, outs him for what he is and behold! The swede hangs instead of Bohannon and Elam.
Then Eva and Elam live with the Indians, (because Eva you know was captured by them when she was young so she would want to go back and live among them), and also that will be the only place that they could live together openly.
Here is where I don't know what happens. Do they sap out and get Ruth and Bohannon together? I hope not. Does Bohanonn go back to Hell on Wheels and get the railroad back? Probably. Anyway, if Hollywood wants a better story, I'm available. I will write something better and different
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I imagine the mormon girl and their child are killed, and it will be the Swedes fault. That is his ultimate goal. Not killing Bohannon, just hurting him again.
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Ruth gets Joseph.
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Yep Perfect Plot-o-Matic formula. You got it my friend. Now do you think the producerss want me to write a story that viewers want to see?
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I was completely disappointed with the last episode. It resolved nothing and left too many questions hanging. To think of Cullen a prisoner for life and under the thumb of the Swede forever, impossible. He is too bright and resourceful to last long in "captivity". He is the ultimate "Southern Man", one irrepressible and unconquerable spirit. Evil never wholly or truly conquers in this world of God and Christ. Let's have another season. What would life be now without more "Hell on Wheels"?
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To AMC: One of the few decent shows to watch on TV...so please renew to another season!
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first of all thank god the mormon girl is 18 . Second of all, didnt they get caught just smooching and nothing really happened in the first episode - maybe she is preggers from someone else.

Elam defo not dead thats for sure.

Cant wait to see what will happen between Bohannon and the swede. Maybe they become friends and build a mormon rail road and challenge Durant. Then Bohannon will kill Mr Swede.
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It may not have been as sensational as it could have been but I must say I never saw this coming so as a surprise ending, it hit the bull's eye!
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- Will Bohanan Ditch out on his Mormon Marriage?
No way - not in his character. Here's the possibilities:
1) She dies
2) He's not the father
3) They leave and go back to the railroad together.

- Is Elam Dead?
Hell no.

I had no idea this was the end of the season watching it, but I have to say when it comes to this season it was awesome. I love that the Swede has infiltrated the Mormons as a Bishop. I just wish there wasn't any question about whether there's going to be another season - hurry up and sign the dotted line AMC - this is my favorite show by far.



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is Bohannon really the father of that child? Maybe I missed something, but why was the Mormon guy hung? Is it really because he impregnated his own sister? It didn't seem like to me that Bohannon and the young woman were sexin' it long enough (at least from the scene we saw) in order to become pregnant...just sayin'

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The young guy's father killed DEick Barlow the Sheriff of the Union Pacific Railroad. When the Calvary accompanied Bohannon to the Hatch farm, the father said the son did it , thinking that a 17 year-old would not be hanged. Wrong! Cullen Bohannon is the father of the Mormon girl's baby. They were together the night before in the barn., making love. That's why Bohannon, figuring she was pregnant the same amount of time since he and Naomi were together, is the father of the baby and confessed it to her father, offering to marry her and take responsibility for both her and the child. He says, "I'm that child's father."
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"Perhaps the tide was too strong for him to make it down in time, but this small detail has always irked me"

Forget that, how about a couple of slugs in the back of his head???

Real easy, and the guy is DEAD, DEAD, DEAD....

Cant figure out why he didnt do that.....
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That was the finale?? It sure didn't seem like it. I was expecting to see another episode next week after that.

Elam's not dead. No way. But that bear is a different story.....

As for Mickey, I'm more interested in that creepy look he was giving the young girl in the final montage. It goes against every conversation he had with Sean, but it appeared to me that they are now setting Mickey up to be the REAL Boston Strangler and not his dearly departed brother.

The writers' have been forcing Ruth and Cullen together all season, so how will Ruth handle Bohannon now being married to a young Mormon girl with a child on the way?

I can't see Bohannon staying with the Mormons any longer than he has to, but he wouldn't ditch his wife. She'd be going with him when he returns to the railroad. How will Ezra play into all of this - and the downfall of the Swede aka Bishop Dutson?
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As for Mickey, I'm more interested in that creepy look he was giving the young girl in the final montage--- That way a tribute to how they got their start, by playing girlie movie after hours
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I thought him viewing her through the flickering wheel (spoked roulette wheel?) signified he was going to start making pornos. He has the prostitutes and he has made "picture shows" before.... He is going to be rich (and Mayor)...lol
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-Don't give 'em too much credit now...
-He'll screw things up as usual, cuz he's a turd goblin.
-Nope. But that mofo bear is!!
-Interesting. Just like his beard.
-He's too honorable. This storyline makes me mad.
-Yeah, but only cuz he's so damn honortable 'n such...
-Ok, as episode 7. An insult as episode 10.
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I agree entirely with this review. This finale left me unsatisfied. The whole season has lacked that spark it used to have, and has kinda been a hodge -podge of events. New showrunner's grade- C
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This was horrible writing for a decent show and utterly laughable.

Bohannon's story line is now completely ridiculous. He hangs a Mormon boy, knocks up a Mormon woman, absconds with captured railroad workers, kills multiple Mormon men hunting him and attempts to kill the Sweed. Then suddenly he is forgiven, married and no longer wants to kill the Sweed.

Elam's entire "journey" was rushed and ended with a stupid, ridiculously and implausible bear fight. Sorry if that did happen bear wins and lives and that assumes he survives a random unprovoked hostile native american encounter.

Others made out better but still one of the worst Hell on Wheels shows to date.
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Oh, Cullen still wants to kill the Swede. He's just biding his time, waiting for the right moment.
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He already told the Mormons about Swede's deceit. He's got responsibilities now as a husband and father. He'll bide his time, watching for any doubt in the Mormon fort as to Swede's deception. In Season 4, Ezra will be able to talk about the Swede's murder of his mother and father. Either through Louise Ellison, the newspaper reporter, or perhaps Mickey McGinnis, the news will get to Fort Smith. Ezra is a living witness, of course.
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I love the show and loved the SEASON finale, if this was the end of the show then we are in front of a new trend, the triumph of evil over good, and although in real life sometimes it is true in make believe TV should be a no-no.
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Has anyone suggested following Anson Mount on Twitter ?
He hints "And what if... SHOCKER... we haven't finished?"
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He's right. Season 4 has 13 episodes to cover the loose ends. Elam's not dead, but recuperating either with the Cheyenne or the Pawnee, who were allies of the Union Pacific. Cullen said he would stay only until the baby was born and first crops planted. Meanwhile, Grant, the real head of the UP, will send soldiers to Fort Smith to bring back Cullen. Grant will honor his promise to Bohannon making him Chief Engineer over the RR. He will bring Naomi along, even before the baby is born. The real conflict will be between Bohannon and Durant. As Cullen predicted, the Swede is not popular with the Mormons at Ft. Smith. There could be an uprising against him. Or, in the first few episodes, he will be a tyrant with Cullen and Naomi, resulting in Mr. Hatch leading a movement against "Bishop Dutson." The Swede might escape,to surface later and face justice for his murders of Ezra's parents. In 1868, when S4 opens, the Union Pacific is nearing default under Durant. (actual historical facts.) The Mormon workers and contractors the Chief Engineer hired were as good as the Chinese workers for the Central Pacific, and rescued the UP from ruin. Durant never stopped interferring, even until the 1869 finish. But it was the Chief Engineer who hammered the Golden Spike with Colis Huntington, head of the CP.
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The Indian survivor Will save elom they Will spare his life due to the courage he showed facing the Indians head on while out numbered and killing a bear with a knife bohanans new wife Will be slain by the Swede and we have the next season
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She looks younger than 18!!!!!
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She's actually the same age as Kasha Kropinski, who plays Ruth. They are both 23.
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And yet, in discussions about the season's first episode, we found out the actress is 23.
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I think girls were marrying at 14 back then, though I could be wrong.
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It was not unusual for a 14 year-old girl to be married to a much older man. It sounded like Mr. Hatch wanted to marry Naomi off to a Bishop or an Apostle in the Latter Day Saints Church (Mormons) which means she would have been married to a man in his 50's, 60's or 70's. Ewwww
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With Mormons, try 12, thats closer
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So umm.....What's the problem?
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Loved the episode, and I loved season 3. :-)
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Loved the episode, "Get behind me mule", Loved the Show, I hope there is one more season. There are just too many loose ends!!!!
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It wasn't what I expected. More like a rush job to complete the season. Only 4 Indians against Elam and Elam soldiered on to save Bohannon? Who wrote the script? Someone from the WWE? Elam wasn't supposed to be a good shot in the first place and suddenly he's got steady hands. I still can't understand how Bohannan got to have sex with the "virgin" Mormon girl in the first place since there was nothing between them in the first place. One time glance and she gave herself away? Insult to Moromons of old
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Maybe Naomi knew her father wanted to marry her off to an old man in a high position in the church. When she saw Cullen at supper, she wanted to have least one time with a man she was attracted to. Anson Mount said that both Cullen and Naomi lusted for each other, and when she sneaked into the barn, one thing led to another. I do think she cares for him deeply. He was sweet to tell her that "the fun will come" for them and "we'll figure this out together." He has every intention of making it work, but has already told her father that he, Naomi and the baby are leaving Fort Smith after the baby is born and first crops are planted.(not harvested.)

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Love this show. It was a ok finale. But it did leave me wanting more. I think that's what the writers were going for. AMC should renew it. I think it will. There is a great piece over at buzzfeed.com on how well It's doing on Saturday nights.
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Bohannon stated to the Mormon father while pleading for his life that there were many sins for which he should have hung, but that he would promise to stay true to his new bride and never abandon her. Just like Mackey on the Shield Bohannon is paying for his sin away from the life of action he so craved.
In spite of having a new bride, a child on the way and a farm to tend to, Bohannon knows he is hell with the ever present devil incarnate in the Swede.
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He has to wait until the baby is born, in about 3 and half months to be able to leave with Naomi and the baby. By that time, many of the Mormons at the fort will be wondering about the Swede's behavior. Naomi's father is very powerful and anything the Swede does to her, Cullen or the baby will bring down the house on the Swede. Plus Ezra, back in Cheyenne, is still a living witness to Swede's murders of his parents.
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Hopefully it gets renewed, from what i've heard AMC is happy with the ratings - 2m for a Saturday night cable show is ok.
If it doesnt come back then this is a disappointing finale.
Elam going after Cullen on his own didnt make much sense - in the last episode the whole crew were going to get him back, but in this episode that was all forgotten.
The bear attack was....a thing that happened....i suppose....
Durant pissing off the future president made no sense, which is probably going to be Bohannon's way back on the railroad. Also the crew staying with Durant made little sense after the previous episode.
Bohannon sticking with the Mormons i can accept, it fits his personality and sets up conflict with the Swede if there is another season.
It was a bit unbalanced for a season finale, even less for a series finale
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Ulysses Grant is no fan of Durant either. Grant will play a significant role in tying up most of these loose ends.
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The disgusting part of the entire thing was how unecessary all of it was. HoW is getting 2 mill viewers...this is barely enough to justify another season. To risk such a cliff hanger when renewal is in the balance is an abuse of viewership, something AMC is getting too comfortable with.

OK if there is season 4, Elam gets found, taken to the mormon compound. They get him better so the father can hang him as another guilty party to his son's hanging. He makes Bohanan do the hanging to truly proove his loyalty. Bohanan either frees him, fight ensues etc....or he pulls the "hang him" lever at episode end...to start next episode to see the rope was sabatoged by Bohanan, saving Elam then all hell breaks loose. Bohanan comes back to HoW. Grant forces him and Durant to cooperate paving the way for 2 more cool seasons of the Champion of Physical (Bohanan) keeping a fragile partnership with champion of (Mental) Durant.

If not, then they just character assassinated Bohanan...the spirit of the west, subjucated by some random corrupt Mormon who showed up in season 3? Really? Its like AMC execs are sitting there thinking....hmmmm how can we ensure that all of our viewers get their spirits... deflated, stomped on, spit on, thrown in a grave, pissed on, thrown holy water on, set on fire...while we laugh in giddy glee.

I mean...what did I ever do to AMC? But consider this? Breaking Bad split into 2 8 episode seasons...Walking dead deviating from Comic in really poor ways. Now Mad Men being broken up into 2 7 episode seasons...just because of ratings.

AMC doesn't care about their viewers. They were on their way to being the best network. I have lost all trust in them. No Low Winter Sun for me. Not gonna fall in love with a character so they can have some random homeless guy (spirit bear) kill off a main character for no reason.

I'll go save money on DISH since I don't need AMC anyway. summary F-U AMC, you can rot in Hell on Wheelz!!!!
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The only thing more ridiculous than Elam getting killed by a bear (out of nowhere) is Elam NOT getting killed by that bear and surviving.

What was even the point of that? Why not just write for him to have been hit by an arrow from one of those Indians he swiftly and almost magically killed without receiving even a scratch in the scene beforehand? Wouldnt that have made more sense, rather than jamming in an extra 5 second scene of him trying to wrestle a bear OUT OF NOWHERE?

This whole episode just seemed weird and and somewhat dreamlike. The dude straight up murdering some random tuba player in broad daylight surrounded by authority figures and NO ONE EVEN REACTING? What the hell was that all about?

And i love how they just HAD to explicitly state that the young virginal Mormon girl than Bohannon impregnated was TOTALLY, TOTALLY 18 YEARS OLD YOU GUYS, just to avoid offending Americans delicate sensibilities. When anyone with half a brain knows that an 18 year old Mormon girl in the 1800s was basically already an old maid, and would have already been married off as a child bride by the age of 13. Total cop out.

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People keep going on about this bear coming up from nowhere. Erm, isn't that what they do? I mean nobody attacked by a bear in real life says "Oh yeah, I was watching it for a while and went to say hi, then it attacked me."

Yeah, a shoddy move by the writers, but it's not like a bear attack is all that unlikely in that environment, is it?
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I think we viewers have become so used to writer's pulling "cheap tricks" at series finale's (like killing off a character(s), big explosions, etc) to keep us wanting more but when a show like Hell on Wheels doesn't NEED to pull off those kinds of moves, it really speaks volumes about how good the show itself is and it doesn't need to rely on a flashy finale.
I get some people are a bit disappointed yet I don't see many people saying it "sucked"- in fact, people are still wanting more. This finale wasn't a thrill ride, but the ending of a chapter; not every chapter needs to end in flames and smoke. I really enjoyed it and it set the stage for Act 4 that I can't wait to watch play out. :]
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Oh, yes I forgot about "Elam" but there's no way he is dead. I think the show really didn't try to lead us on that perished by the fact that there wasn't enough time spent mourning him by Eva or a melancholy tune playing over his dead body.
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I think the Indian has to come I to play in healing Elam... I think think he is dead...bc it would really suck if he was... Show wouldn't be the same
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Don't think he's dead*
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Users on AMC site seem to be convinced there'll be another season. Not sure what that's worth.
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I think the end trailer that AMC ran showcasing it's current remaining/returning jewels, including this, suggested a return.
It appeared to me, that Bohannon thought The Swede may have gotten away from the hanging when the rope slipped free. So, I was like; oh so I was right nutty did survive (when he showed up to us earlier on), only to now go WTH, Bohannon didn't assume so?! This could suggest the writers had indeed only pencilled Christopher Heyerdahl in for a possible reappearance - actors fees is all you ever hear about of late with AMC.
The Swede is in his interim killing pattern and just taking stock as per usual; whilst enjoying making Bohannon the bitch this time around, before tiring and killing again, no doubt. May be Gunderson and Bohannon will form an uneasy alliance when opportunity for both to break out of Mormon Summer Camp arrives.
Naomi's pregnancy is also suspect as to who the father really is. It wouldn't be a shock to find out it was the half (?) brother who swung, after her reaction at the hanging. She certainly looked from the get-go that she had been looking for a way out from dear ole Pa in whatever form it took. Whether that will prove a get-outta-jail-free-card for Bohannon who knows. Still, writers prefer to keep love interests on the boil; so Naomi may get to stick around to piss off Ms. Holy britches, or other potential suitors.
Elam's alive fo sho. I put the bear attack simply down to one of missed opportunity on its part, what with a tied up horse-steak-to-go. A bear once hungered is hard to sway - just watch youtube! Knowing this show, it'd make sense for some native American Indians to take him back to their tepee and hold him in reverence as a big warrior/hunter - much like the Swede. Perhaps the cowardly pale face Indian was keeping an eye?
Durant back in charge is good for more of his snake oil ways but bad for repetition. Perhaps Mickey the Mayor will prove a suitable thorn to freshen things.
Overall I liked the episode, as much you can a cliff hanger, if it represents the start to another run. Some shows have opted for such open endings in the hope of spurring interest and network re-pickups
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Breaking Bad was in the ''end trailer'' and we know it isnt returning. theyre just gonna show reruns of BB. Every scene from HOW already played out in the series.
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Yeah but it's doubtful they'd bother promoting with HOW for repeats if no new season is coming after that finale. Potential, or current viewers would be too pissed to bother.
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"grannycams" :

wrong on every imaginable level. :)
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Would be? I am pissed. Of course I am a very angry person, but now my anger is completely justified. I have given a name to my pain!

In other news...

My mother's mother sells BJ's by the seashore, which saved me 15% on my car insurance.
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AMC are Desperate Dans atm so I hold out hope. At least a final season for this hasn't been split over two years like for those suckers who watch Mad Men...D'OH.

C'mon man, leaving your granny out in the cold is no way to treat the elderly. Move that sht inside; grannycams is where the real percentage's at.
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I suspect that far from being reformed, Thor / the Swede ("I am Norwegian") is only aiming to twist the knife slowly –– that is, he can either marry Bohannon's teenage bride (as Big Love demonstrated, polygamy offers numerous sensational and dastardly devices for TV) or kill her. Salacious homoerotic sadism is after all more his style.

This episode seemed as though the producers were with much calculation and some risk walking a tightrope between cancellation & greater things. Two plot elements seemed deliberately absurd -- defiantly so –– the shooting of the tuba player & nobody blinking, and then Elam's fight with the bear (which was the stuff of B–Movie Westerns). Those scenes seemed like middle fingers to an uncaring universe.

This season was a good one; if we (the show's supporters) weren't so anxious with dread that it will be cancelled before it can be completely told (need I -- must I -- mention Deadwood?) we could enjoy the season's cool pace and its brave avoidance of usual plot cliches. Bohannon could have made it back before six & secured his deal with Grant; he could have vanquished the Swede with Elam at his side, for a cleaner and more pat close.

As for Durant, like the characters in Deadwood he is a historical figure, and so without sacrificing verisimilitude they can't kill him. Like George Hearst in Deadwood he will prevail.

AMC should be embarrassed that they spent so many tedious hours and so much pointless energy promoting the doomed Low Winter Sun when they had this proven series on their hands.
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If you look at the TV viewership from season 1 to season 3 it hasn't dipped that much. Granted it isn't pulling walking dead numbers, but it is still a very popular show for at least 2 million viewers. (not terrible for AMC)
Given it's short seasons of 10 episodes each it is much easier for AMC to green-light another season. Most of the major networks have been running single season at around 19-24 episodes. 3 seasons of Hell on Wheels=30. So I'd say it's more than a safe bet that the show will be back for season 4, and probably beyond that.
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oh boy. while i love the idea of bohannon playing mormon house the rest of it ehhh... quite underwhelming for a season finale.

why cant the swede face some consequences for the awful stuff hes done? really? why is this character just hopping around merrily murdering and gets away with it? everyone else on the show get their fair share of consequences

if theres a next season i sort of wish for bohannon to go work for the competition railroad. im getting tired of durant and constant shifts in power between the two of them.

and no. elum is not dead
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I hope you're right about Cullen working for the Central Pacific. Collis Huntington keeps popping up trying to convince Bohannon to come and work for him. In 1868, when Season 4 will start, the Union Pacific was on the verge of a default on its loans from the US Government. To catch up the UP needed around 6000 workers. It was the Mormons who kept the UP afloat. Mormon workers were steady, hard-working and similar to the Chinese workers for the Central Pacific. Mormons worked for both railroads. After the railroad was finished, the Union Pacific was investigated by Congress for crimes and scandals. The Central Pacific fared much better and evetually bought up the Union Pacific and took tis name. Huntington, Crocker and his board members kept their reputations; Durant and Oakes Ames did not.
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Sounds good !
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First of the name of the episode was ridiculous. Episode 6 was called ' One Less Mule' it is redundent to call this show ' get behind the mule'. Perhaps it should have been called 'Repercussions' as all that happened was the result of prior decisions. Was frustrated at the finale. One thing I hate about HOW is writers constantly just off good characters. Keeping the difficult around would produce more drama than killing someone to resolve issues.
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You know... yeah. It's a small detail in the grater scheme of things, but, the two titles have also has been bugging me. It seems like an odd choice, and stands out in a clunky way in such a short season. The only thing I can think of is that the two "Mule" episodes are MEANT to reflect each other -- both are the episodes that have U.S. Grant in them. It seems like the "mule" is symbolic of a task, or a commitment to a life's work. But... it still seems clunky. One or the other of the eps should have been renamed.
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We can't lose Copper and Hell on Wheels. we've already lost Breaking bad, and hell if I'm watching Cupcake Wars.
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That may be the only alternative if you don't like Boardwalk Empire.

Thanks Hell on Wheels. Just what the world needed, another abrupt ''Deadwood'' ending.
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I haven't caught Broadwalk yet. I've been hearing good things. I think I'll give it a whirl. Thanks. :)
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If you don't like it I'll eat my hat. I suggest you start from the beginning, rather than season 4.
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Thanks. Will do.
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The show is well written, well staged, great characters, a story line that can develop further, and a growing following - with such a soft ending to the season it seems to indicate that AMC is looking for a reason for it to be cancelled.
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Please AMC! Don't be stupid and cancel on us now. You will have a riot on your hands...
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What the hell kinda season finale was that? That wasn't a finale that was a damn filler episode. Whoever came up with that idea needs a swift kick in the backpack.
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Screw Elam.
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The end of season 2 felt lie more of a finale than this one.
That said it is perfectly tenable for the series to end on this note, everyone's transition has been to their final state.
The odds of a man such as Elam making it to od age would be slim, Durant has continued on in the mould of a typical ratbag capitalist, he's never gonna change & the sociopathic persistence of such types often gives em 'success'.
Bohannon has been looking for domestic peace ever since he came back from the war, even if he wouldn't acknowledge it, so being maneuvered into marriage & a new family may have been the only way he could find peace.
As for the swede, well as Bohannon said, he doesn't have stayin power, he always pisses everyone off, early morman's were violent & far more capricious than they admit to now, so the bish is likely to fall to a church coup as soon as he gets sufficient townsfolk offside, he doesn't appear to have a faction; or if the bish is in a faction, it is a faction of one.
The kid (Ezra?) is part of Hell on Wheels community they are likely to be gone from the area soon as the railroad moves on, never crossing paths with Joe Smith's acolytes.
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I agree. One of the reasons Bohannon went on a rampage after the War was the loss of the only thing that mattered to him: his wife and son. Notice this season when he resigned as Chief Engineer, he got totally drunk and ended up killing the Prescott brother who was there on his own revenge. Cullen needs a family, even if it was just Ezra Dutson, to stay out of trouble. The Mormons at Ft. Smith, especially Naomi's father, will see through the Swede in time.
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