Hell on Wheels: Season 2 (2012)


Season 2
Hell on Wheels

Critics Consensus

While it still feels like it's finding its legs, the second season of Hell on Wheels is more confident than the first and perfectly acceptable for those in need of a Western fix.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 111

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Air date: Aug 12, 2012
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Season 2 follows the activities surrounding the Union Pacific Railroad's westward expansion, and opens with Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and Elam Ferguson (Common) on opposite sides of the law. Hostility from the Sioux halts the railroad's momentum. After tragedy and disorder present threats to the railroad's future, efforts are made to preserve the railroad as well as protect the town.


Anson Mount
as Cullen Bohannon
Colm Meaney
as Thomas "Doc" Durant
as Elam Ferguson
Ben Esler
as Sean McGinnes
Philip Burke
as Mickey McGinnes
Phil Burke (II)
as Mickey McGinnes
Eddie Spears
as Joseph Black Moon
Virginia Madsen
as Hannah Durant
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Critic Reviews for Hell on Wheels Season 2

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

The cast is good, while the Old West still feels especially beautiful and perilous.

Aug 12, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

While it may not feature Johnny Depp clowning around Jack Sparrow style, Hell on Wheels is a lot more entertaining.

Jul 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Everything feels like it's more or less a continuation of the first season with a little extra spice.

Aug 12, 2012 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

The show is becoming much stronger than its first season ever hinted it would be.

Aug 12, 2012 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Dramatically, the show feels as stalled as the trains, which have nowhere to go.

Aug 12, 2012 | Full Review…

Hell on Wheels seems to be puttering around a circular track, with no straightway in sight.

Aug 12, 2012 | Full Review…

It's still welcome to tell its pulpy Southern revenge story, which can certainly offer a certain amount of goofy fun, but for any of the other characters to have much point, the show needs to do more.

Aug 12, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The drama feels dry, predictable and sluggish.

Aug 12, 2012 | Full Review…

It's a solid, meat-and-potatoes example of a genre (Westerns) I've always had a soft spot for - no more, and no less.

Aug 12, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Hell on Wheels has intermingled its characters more than in season one - the main characters actually interact with one another.

Aug 12, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hell on Wheels: Season 2

  • Dec 27, 2018
    Season 2 was epic, ambitious, and tragic.
  • Aug 07, 2016
    Amazing, engaging. Very fun western.
  • Aug 05, 2016
    My only complaint about this show is the seasons are too short!
  • Jan 04, 2016
    I just would like to say a very personal F U C K Y O U to the sh*t face who wrote the last episode of the Season. You suck. You ruined a great show for me, how could you kill Lily. Sick f u ck.
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Season does historical westerns right.

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