The highly-anticipated Season 3 of AMC’s Hell on Wheels is set to debut tonight, August 10th, at 9pm (EST) / 8pm (CST). The third season premiere will be two hours.
The acclaimed Western series is set in the immediate years after the US Civil War (1861-1865) with the narrative story arcs connected to the westward construction of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad. The show features a solid ensemble cast with the lead character of Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier, played by Anson Mount. The initial impetus of Bohannon to embed himself in the railway project was to seek revenge against a Union gang that had murdered his family during the Civil War. By the end of Season 2, Bohannon was at both a personal and professional juncture – he had suffered another deep personal loss while simultaneously being offered a leadership position on the railway. Bohannon’s movement forward from that juncture will commence Season 3.
It will be revelations of financial fraud by the character of Thomas Durant (played by Colm Meaney) that opens the opportunity for Bohannon to take the helm of the Union Pacific. Meaney’s character is in fact based on the real-life historical Thomas Durant (1820-1885), a key financial promoter for the Union Pacific.
In addition to the return of such characters as Elam Ferguson (played by Common), a number of new characters will be introduced in Season 3. Among them, there will be Louise Ellison (played by Jennifer Ferrin), a female reporter who travels to the Union Pacific “end of track” to report on the railroad construction for the nation-at-large. Season 3 of Hell on Wheels is to be set in 1867 and will continue to acknowledge the race between the westward Union Pacific with the eastward Central Pacific, as each railway sought to lay the most track to unlock government subsidies and ownership of adjacent land with each mile. The two lines would meet at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10th, 1869.
Cast Photo – Louise Ellison (Jennifer Ferrin), Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney), Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount)
The initial series debut of AMC’s Hell on Wheels in 2011 was watched by 4.36 million US viewers. Westernsreboot.com will track the 10-episode progress of Season 3 during the coming months.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)