There have been some developments in the “creative wheelhouse” for AMC’s Hell on Wheels. A new showrunner – John Wirth – has been named for the third season of the acclaimed Western series. The show is centered upon the construction of the transcontinental railroad subsequent to the US Civil War.

Often listed as the executive producer for a given show, a “showrunner” is the individual responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of a TV series. Wirth replaces John Shiban, the showrunner for the first two seasons of Hell on Wheels. AMC has green-lighted ten episodes of the series for its third season.

A number of significant story arcs reached conclusion at the end of Season Two. At the very start of the series, the lead character of Cullen Bohannon (played by Anson Mount) had set out to avenge the murder of his family during the Civil War by a Union gang. Bohannon initially embedded himself in the construction process as a way to track that gang. Yet at the end of Season Two, it can be argued that he became connected to the finishing of the westward Union Pacific railroad in a way he had not anticipated.

Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon

The series will again return to its shooting location in Alberta. Hell on Wheels averaged 2.4 million viewers per episode during its second season. 

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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