Hell on Wheels: Characters

Hell on Wheels centers on the population of the town that follows the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. Characters include those directly employed by the railroad and the town’s people themselves, most of whom travel with the roving town.

Cullen Bohannon is the central character driving the show. His main support comes from his right-hand man, Elam Ferguson, and the financier of the railroad, Thomas Durant. The main protagonist is that of Thor Gundersen (AKA “The Swede”), who initially serves as the corrupt security chief and right-hand servant of Thomas Durant. Later, the character is established as a true villain who seeks out revenge on Bohannon and the other inhabitants of Hell on Wheels.

Collis Huntington

Huntington is one of the financiers of the Central Pacific Railroad - the competing company completing the westward end of the transcontinental railroad from the...

Duration: Seasons 3-5 (Recurring)

Cullen Bohannon

The main protagonist of Hell on Wheels, Cullen Bohannon is a former Confederate soldier and plantation owner from Mississippi who takes up work on the...

Duration: Seasons 1-5

Elam Ferguson

A recently freed and educated slave, whose father was a white plantation owner. Elam seeks to establish a better life working on the transcontinental railroad,...

Duration: Seasons 1-3; 4 (Recurring)

Eva

Abducted as a child and raised by Indians, Eva has adapted an independent survivalist personae. With few options, she becomes a whore in Hell on...

Duration: Seasons 1-5

Ezra Dutson

The son of a Mormon bishop who is taken in by Ruth after the murder of his family at the hands of the Swede...

Duration: Seasons 3 & 4

Gregory Toole

A racist railroad worker who, upon escaping certain death, marries Eva, much to the dismay of Elam Ferguson, her true love...

Duration: Seasons 1 & 2

John Allen Campbell

Appointed by President Grant as the first governor of Wyoming Territory, John Campbell attempts to establish order in Cheyenne while asserting power over Durant...

Duration: Seasons 3-4

Joseph Black Moon

A former member of the Cheyenne who embraces the teachings of Reverend Cole. He attempts to establish peaceful relations with the Cheyenne on behalf of...

Duration: Seasons 1 & 2

Lilly Bell

After escaping a violent attack from Indians that left her husband dead, the intelligent and brave Lilly Bell leverages her surveying skills and business aptitudes...

Duration: Seasons 1 & 2

Louise Ellison

A driven newspaper reporter covering the railroad's construction...

Duration: Seasons 3-5

Maggie Palmer

Maggie Palmer is an astute business woman who invests heavily in Cheyenne under the belief that it will become a great railroad hub...

Duration: Seasons 3-5 (Recurring)

Mickey McGinnes

The older, and often wiser, of the McGinnes brothers, who have arrived to seek their fortune and escape the clutches of a dark secret left...

Duration: Seasons 1-5

Naomi Bohannon (née Hatch)

A Mormon girl who weds Cullen Bohannon after it's discovered that she's carrying his baby...

Duration: Seasons 3-5 (Recurring)

Psalms

A railroad laborer and former slave, Psalms is the hard-working friend of Elam Ferguson and serves a leader for the freed slaves working on the...

Duration: Seasons 1-5

Reverend Nathaniel Cole

Possessing guilt for his troubled past, Reverend Cole reverts to preaching the value of faith through his church while attempting to establish peace with the...

Duration: Seasons 1 & 2

Ruth Cole

The estranged daughter of Reverend Cole, Ruth arrives after the sudden death of her mother. Shrouded with an act of innocence, Ruth quickly uses her...

Duration: Seasons 1-4

Sean McGinnes

The younger, troublesome, and arguably more ambitious, of the McGinnes brothers, who have arrived to seek their fortune and escape the clutches of a dark...

Duration: Seasons 1-3

Thomas Durant

The wealthy financier behind the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. Durant will stop at nothing to see his line come to completion while boosting...

Duration: Seasons 1-5

Thor Gundersen (AKA “The Swede”)

The ruthless and unyielding Thor Gundersen initially serves as Durant's Chief of Security, accountant, and right-hand man. The Swede, as he's come to be known,...

Duration: Seasons 1-5

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Thor Gundersen (AKA “The Swede”)

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Duration: Seasons 1-5

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Ezra Dutson

The son of a Mormon bishop who is taken in by Ruth after the murder of his family at the hands of the Swede...

Duration: Seasons 3 & 4