Hell on Wheels really found its footing beginning with the second season.¬†With the emphasis on Cullen’s personal vendetta set aside, Season Two builds¬†on the relationships between the central characters while a sense of permanency sets in.

Facing death after joining a gang of train robbers, the embattled Cullen’s life is sacrificed to the tight grip of Durant by means of a pardon. As modern wood buildings largely replace the primitive tent city from the first season, Elam establishes plans to settle down in a house by the river.

Meanwhile, Lilly feels impending danger as she’s caught in the midst of a lover’s quarrel while the disgraced Swede seeks out revenge against Cullen.

2-01: Viva la Mexico

Cullen has joined a band of train robbers, with sights set on a payroll car guarded by Elam...

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8/12/2012

2-02: Durant, Nebraska

Durant barters for Cullen's life, sparing him execution. Elam investigates a prostitute's murder. Reverend Cole bonds with the Swede after his relationship with Ruth sours...

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8/19/2012

2-03: Slaughterhouse

Cullen and Elam intervene when the McGinnes Brothers face threats after taking credit for avenging the murder of a prostitute. Reverend Cole continues his slide...

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8/26/2012

2-04: Scabs

When the workers strike, Cullen responds with a request for replacement workers. Eva is torn between Mr. Toole and Elam, while announcing who fathered her...

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9/2/2012

2-05: The Railroad Job

A robbery attempt from Cullen's former band of thieves leaves Durant clinging to life. The Swede continues efforts at weaning Reverend Cole...

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9/9/2012

2-06: Purged Away With Blood

As Durant clings to life, Reverend Cole hijacks the Chicago-bound train carrying Durant, Eva, and Doc Whitehead in allegiance with the Sioux...

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9/16/2012

2-07: The White Spirit

Needing his expertise while Durant recovers, Lily convinces Cullen to let the Swede provide assistance. Meanwhile, the duo's relationship goes one step further...

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9/23/2012

2-08: The Lord’s Day

Lily suddenly finds herself under threat when Durant returns bearing his meddling wife and presents Elam with a tempting offer...

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9/30/2012

2-09: Blood Moon

While celebrating the completion of the long-awaited bridge, Lily takes precautionary measures against the Durants. Meanwhile, Elam struggles with a difficult decision...

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10/7/2012

2-10: Blood Moon Rising

Hell on Wheel is reduced to ashes when the Swede enacts revenge with the help of the Sioux. Someone's life comes to a tragic end...

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10/7/2012