With only five days left until Santa Claus jumps down our chimneys and blesses our stockings with all the presents we asked him for, we hear at SoulCulture thought we’d give you guys an early Christmas present by providing you with not one but two episodes of AMC’s hit series Hell On Wheels.
In the previous episode Union Pacific Railroad boss Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney) struggles with his company’s finances and former slave Elam Ferguson (Common) goes toe to toe with walking boss Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount). Elsewhere Reverend Cole (Tom Noonan) and Christian do-gooder Joseph (Eddie Spears) travel to Cheyenne territory for initial peace talk negotiations with the Native Americans.
Disclaimer… Do not watch this if you have a nervous disposition towards violence, blood, prostitution, racism and history of African slave trade.
Episode 6: “Pride, Pomp and Circumstance”
Picking up where “Bread and Circuses” left off, Senator Jordan Crane (James D. Hopkin) pays a visit to the hell on wheels cesspit primarily for an important “peace talk” with Joseph ’s father Chief Many Horses (Wes Studi), the leader of the Cheyenne people, but has other intentions. The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl), who may not be the most trust worthy of all of Durant’s senior staff teams up with Bohannon to discuss ways of preventing a possible war between Durant men and the Cheyenne Native Americans, while the tribe are in town for the peace talks.
Episode 7: “”Revelations””
Episode seven sees more backstories come to light. Elam Ferguson (Common) is shown as a young slave paraded in front of his master and his friends as proof that slaves could be “trained like parrots,” the story of Bohannon’s family heartbreak, during the ugly U.S Civil war, continues to be revealed. Elam and racist former Union Pacific employee Irish bred Mr. Toole (Duncan Ollerenshaw) finally come face to face. Meanwhile Lily Bell (Dominique McElligott) attends her husbands funeral in Chicago and gets into it with one of her in-laws.