AMC is all-Western this Sunday, October 7th. Since September 2nd, AMC has been screening the 2005 mini-series, Into the West (produced by Steven Spielberg), each Sunday prior to its acclaimed Western series, Hell on Wheels. This Sunday AMC concludes the Into the West series with the sixth two-hour episode, which is entitled “Ghost Dance”, at 7pm (EST). To prep for that final installment, AMC is showing all previous five episodes of the series this Sunday beginning at 9am EST.

Into the West follows the story of two families – one Indigenous, one Euro-American – as they are affected and connected by US expansion westward in the 19th century. The series mixes both historical and fictional characters within story-lines that stretch from 1825 to 1890.

The concluding episode of Into the West will be followed by the two-episode two-hour season finale of Hell on Wheels. The series – now in its second season – is set shortly after the conclusion of the US Civil War (1861-1865). The lead character, Cullen Bohannon (played by Anson Mount), has traveled westward on a mission to avenge the murder of his family during the war by a Union gang. That quest sees him join the construction of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad as a way to find members of that gang. Hell on Wheels is name of the mobile town that follows the railway and its workers.

Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount)

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The series explores such themes as American expansionism, race relations between white workers and former African-American slaves hired by the railway, Indigenous territorial rights, lingering resentments from the Civil War and social class. It is hoped (by this writer) that AMC will announce a third season of Hell of Wheels in the coming months.

Click this link for more information about Hell on Wheels and Into the West: AMC TV

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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