Hell on Wheels: Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes

Hell on Wheels: Season 3 (2013)




Critic Consensus: Hell on Wheels' third outing teases an exciting new direction for its characters but unfortunately loses locomotion in the end, leaving its characters stuck in a stranded narrative boxcar.


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Season 3 follows Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and his efforts to push westward expansion of the Union Pacific Railroad. After securing positions on the railroad, Cullen and Elam Ferguson (Common) begin their work, dealing with threats such as attacks and accidents. Meanwhile, Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney) tries to maintain influence regarding his legacy with the railroad.


Anson Mount
as Cullen Bohannon
Colm Meaney
as Thomas "Doc" Durant
as Elam Ferguson
Ben Esler
as Sean McGinnes
Phil Burke (II)
as Mickey McGinnes
Philip Burke
as Mickey McGinnes
Jennifer Ferrin
as Louise Ellison
Eddie Spears
as "The Swede", Joseph Black Moon
Tayden Marks
as Eva, Ezra Dutson
Sean Hoy
as Joseph Dutson, Louise Ellison
Wayne Duvall
as Senator Metcalf
Siobhan Williams
as Naomi Hatch
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Critic Reviews for Hell on Wheels: Season 3

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

The final nail in the coffin for Hell on Wheels is that scourge of all television programs that begin slowly: Most viewers simply won't have the patience to find out if the show's writers ultimately find their footing.

September 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The Mormon subplot is quick-and-dirty writing that uses nasty stereotypes as shorthand. Because it's harder and takes longer to put research and effort into scriptwriting. It's harder to create characters who aren't just cartoonish clichés.

October 1, 2018 | Full Review…

An at times jerky return, but a fun one at that.

September 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The Hell on Wheels writers have taken us on a short ride that started out with a bang, dropped the speed for a couple of episodes in the middle there, started on an incline again, but only to never send us down the roller-coaster in an exciting fashion.

September 28, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

For a season that was primarily about redemption, season 3 may have wound up being about finding a way back to the middle.

September 28, 2018 | Full Review…

A prickly alliance founded on mutual respect and constantly threatened by both history and present, unpleasant circumstance, it's more subtle and moving than your average TV bromance and brings out the best in Common and Mr. Mount.

September 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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