As time counts down to the July 18th launch of Season 5 of Hell on Wheels on AMC, viewers can now refresh their memory of the previous season on Netflix. Season 4, with the tagline of “Hell Ain’t Civilized”, became available on the streaming network the first weekend of July.
The upcoming fifth season marks the final one for the acclaimed Western series but it will be screened over a period of two years. The first seven episodes of Season 5 air in 2015 with a second set of seven shows rolling out in 2016.
Filmed in Alberta, Hell on Wheels dramatizes the building of North America’s first transcontinental railroad, which was completed in 1869 in Utah. A skilled and diverse ensemble cast, led by Anson Mount in the role of Cullen Bohannon, has explored such themes as Manifest Destiny, Indigenous rights, race relations, and expanding technology. The focus of the show had been upon the westward-building Union Pacific railroad up until the end of Season 4; however, Bohannon, moves to work for its competitor, the Central Pacific, at the end of that season. This narrative shift will now bring a focus to the thousands of Chinese workers who helped build the Central Pacific eastward thru extremely difficult mountainous terrain.
Westernsreboot.com will review specific episodes throughout the upcoming season and official information about the show can be found at the AMC link Hell on Wheels. The following AMC-produced clip summarizes the various story-lines examined in Season 4:
Season 5 of Hell on Wheels premieres Saturday, July 18th at 9 (ET)/8(CT).
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)