The launch date for the fourth season of Hell on Wheels has been announced. The acclaimed Western series will return to AMC on Saturday, August 2nd at 9pm (ET/PT).

Launched in 2011, Hell on Wheels dramatizes the creation of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad westward in the immediate years after the US Civil War. A convincing ensemble cast is led by Anson Mount, who plays Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier first drawn to the Union Pacific while searching for a Union gang that had murdered his family during the war. Bohannon will become increasingly involved with the construction of the railway as the series progresses. The fourth season sees the railway in 1868 having reached what is now Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon / AMC Image (click to enlarge)
Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon / AMC Image (click to enlarge)

Hell on Wheels has explored a number of themes to date within its dramatic framework. For example, the first three seasons considered such ideas as US nation-state expansion, race relations, Indigenous territorial rights, social class, and personal ambition. In its Saturday night slot, Hell on Wheels caps off a day of dedicated Western programming each week on AMC.

Season Four of Hell of Wheels sees an expansion of the series from ten episodes a year to thirteen. The first ten episodes of the upcoming season will run consecutively from August 2nd to October 4th. Following a break, the series will return with the final three episodes starting November 8th.  

Hell on Wheels continues to shoot its fourth season in Alberta. Further official information about the upcoming season can be found at Hell on Wheels.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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