A Western about a former Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) and his quest for revenge on the Union troops who killed his wife. In the premiere episode, he heads west to take a job helping to construct the first transcontinental railroad.
Songs: The Dead Weather -- So Far from Your Weapon
Cullen fights for his life as he answers for his deadly actions. Lily struggles to survive in the wilderness, as Durant attempts to spin tragedy for political gain.
An unexpected obstacle impedes Cullen's search for the sergeant; Durant convenes a search party to track down Lily in the wilderness.
Cullen's search for the sergeant nears its end; Durant keeps to his hidden agenda while assisting in Lily's recuperation.
Durant’s answer to the railroad’s latest financial problems spurs a bare-knuckle brawl between Cullen and Elam.
Durant challenges the Cheyenne to a competition in an effort to bring a halt to ongoing negotiations. Meanwhile, Elam and Cullen try to prevent bloodshed in town.
Songs: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy -- Death To Everyone
With Elam’s life in the balance, Cullen must decide how much he’s willing to risk. Meanwhile Durant faces financial ruin as Lily confronts the family of her late husband.
Durant dispatches Cullen and Elam on a mission of vengeance. Lily struggles to find her place.
Songs: Gillian Welch -- Annabelle
A looming railroad deadline throws Cullen and Lily together; Joseph and Elam deal with what their violent mission has wrought.
Songs: Mumford and Sons -- Timshel
In the Season 1 finale, Cullen's past and future collide, impacting his life on the railroad.
Cullen adjusts to life after Hell On Wheels. Meanwhile, Durant dispatches Elam to deal with a posse robbing his payroll.
Durant confronts a formidable threat to the rolling city, while a horrific crime leads Lily and Elam to join forces in order to attain justice.
Cullen struggles to maintain order while Mickey's and Sean's lives are endangered; Lily and Elam clean up a mess of their own doing.
A tragedy leads Cullen to defuse an internal threat to the railroad.
Cullen's past catches up with him and threatens the fate of the railroad.
Despite fighting to save his own life, Durant must try to keep the railroad from going under. Meanwhile, Cullen comes to the aid of an old comrade.
The aftermath of the tragedy leaves Lily and Cullen struggling to maintain order, while Elam plans for the future.
A new arrival in Hell on Wheels throws everything into turmoil. Eva finds herself caught between Elam and Mr. Toole.
Cullen gears up for battle as the town celebrates.
Cullen battles to save Hell on Wheels in the Season 2 finale.
After a hard winter, Cullen and Elam travel to New York to secure their positions on the railroad as Durant fights for his legacy from prison.
An unexpected roadblock forces Cullen to make a difficult choice as a reporter arrives in Hell on Wheels. Elam struggles with his new boss.
An attack on the cattle pens forces Cullen and Elam into the prairie in search of their stolen food. A stranger's arrival threatens Elam's family.
After a railroad accident, Cullen and Elam forge deep into Indian territory to secure a new lumber source. Durant tells Louise a secret about Cullen.
Cullen helps Elam track down a dangerous criminal. Chaos erupts in Hell on Wheels as the town prepares to move down the tracks.
Cullen's position is threatened when Durant files an injunction against the railroad. Meanwhile, Elam deals with a new arrival in town.
When a cholera epidemic hits Hell on Wheels, Cullen must find fresh water before his workers die. Durant faces political fallout
After his workers defect to the Mormons, Cullen recruits Durant to help get them back. Sean and Mickey's past comes back to haunt them.
With General Grant's deadline only two days away, a gang of riders attacks Cheyenne while Cullen and Elam pay Durant a visit.
Cullen grapples with consequences while Elam mounts a rescue attempt. Durant receives Gen. Grant and the U.P. board in Cheyenne ahead of the deadline.
Cullen awaits the birth of his baby; Durant must deal with the fallout following a railroad accident.
As Cullen plans an exit from Fort Smith, he challenges The Swede; when a new adversary arrives, Cheyenne feels his presence.
Cullen returns to work on the railroad, and clashes with his new boss; Durant and Campbell battle over valuable real estate.
Cullen is in trouble at home after he takes railroad matters into his own hands. A move against Durant and Mickey is made by Campbell.
Following the arrival of a stranger, Cullen's family is at risk. The Swede face to the consequences.
Having been attacked by a bear, Elam finds it hard to survive in a Comanche village and make his way back to Cheyenne.
Cullen attempts to reconnect with Elam. Durant takes matters into his own hands.
Cullan makes a decision to protect his family. Campbell hires a new federal marshall.
After the death of Elam, the world feels darker for Cullen. Cullen has to decide between the railroad and family.
Cullen, Durant and Campbell negotiate toward a settlement for policing the streets as an act of terror happens.
Cullen and Durant try and save the life of a criminal. Louise supports Ruth who suffers a loss.
Cullen attempts to deal with Ruth's unexpected decision. Louise puts her reputation on the line to fight for a story she believes in.
The railroad prepares to leave Cheyenne behind. Cullen returns to get his family.
Cullen is in California with the Central Pacific Railroad and has to deal with the new workers.
Cullen enlists new workers to help him move a locomotive on a sled.
Cullen must deal with the violence in Chinatown, caused by disgruntled workers.
Cullen attempts to solve a Chinese labor strike. Durant pulls Mickey deeper into Union Pacific business.
Violence breaks out in Chinatown during the festival of Tin Hau Don. Cullen confronts the Swede.
Cullen and Mei travel through the dangerous California wilderness with a precious cargo. Eva nurses Louise back to health.
Cullen and Durant meet up in Salt Lake City to talk to President Grant about the future of the railroad. Swede carries out his plan against the Mormons.