Season Finale 2012: Hell On Wheels Season 2 Finale “Blood Moon”

Hell On Wheels Season 2 Finale Blood Moon (2)

Hell On Wheels “Blood Moon” Season 2 episode 9 (season finale) airs on Sunday Oct 7, 2012 at 9pm on AMC.

Episode Synopsis: As the railroad celebrates a victory, Cullen prepares for battle.

Show Description: The second season of Hell on Wheels continues its epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier, and his dramatic journey west as he struggles to leave his past behind.

Executive produced by John Shiban (Breaking Bad, The X-Files), Joe and Tony Gayton (Faster, Uncommon Valor) and Endemol USA’s Jeremy Gold, the show depicts the traveling town known as Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot that follows and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Hell on Wheels also stars Common as Elam Ferguson; Colm Meaney as Thomas “Doc” Durant; Dominique McElligott as Lily Bell; Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede; Robin McLeavy as Eva; Tom Noonan as Reverend Cole; Ben Esler as Sean McGinnes; Philip Burke as Mickey McGinnes; and Eddie Spears as Joseph Black Moon.

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  • Disgruntled Internet-er

    The season finale started at 9pm rather than 10pm. I mistakenly trusted this website. I won’t be making that mistake again.

    • Apologies for the error. It has been rectified although too late, I’m afraid. Will strive to do better.

  • Did not like that they killed one of the main characters in such a murderous empty way in the final scenes of season 2.  Done with Hell on Wheels.

    • Jdbassman

      Killing Lily off was just stupid. I’m done watching as well.

    • whynot

      so your one of those “everyone lives happy ever after” type of people..?

      • John

        Not the poster that you were replying to, but being a “happily ever after” person has nothing to do with why the majority of people are angry that Lily was killed off. That is clear from most posts on the subject. 

        • LayDemTracks

          I disagree. I thought the death of Lily Bell signals the transition of the passion of building the railroad to Cullen Bohannon. Her death is his rally point to literally take up the staff and begin anew. I think it also make the Durants even more interesting characters. While Lily was a great character, her death leads to the galvinization of the Swede as the official villain.

  • Wademcghee

    I’m officially done with this show.  I love westerns, but this show bores the hell out of me.  No real plot, characters are boring and not true to themselves.  No action and no substance.
    Bohannon – weren’t you hell bent on finding your wifes killers?  What happened to that?  And when you knew the indians were coming you leave your new girlfriend unprotected to get killed? Nice one bozo.
    Also, why are we spending time on the idiot Irish guys obsession with the homely priest lady?  Seriously, no one cares. Waste of time.

    • Luabella

      So true, in many ways this season lost momentum. Despite the progression of the railroad and a town having been built over night, day to day living took over.. okay fine. But the plot became watered down during the rise of the town and the guts and grit of the show diluted. A perfect opportunity to introduce new characters and create new colour…instead they end the season by killing Lily Bell?? I would have preferred a cliff hanger even if its not the style of the show, it would have been a better choice. This is not The Walking Dead or an Agatha Christie novel, “And Then There Were None” ..when other characters died in this show it had reason, purpose, retributuion, or to maneover players like chess.. get them out of the way.

      I appreciated that in season one and half of season two, almost every character had blood on their hands they needed to cleanse their soul of or forget or further antagonize. No one was perfect and everyone trying to figure out a way to move past the permanent stains on their consciousness. Season 2 began to give answers to some questions and move along. As viewers we were patiently waiting while some episodes left us flat. Season finale of season two was suppose to be lead to a climax not a let down.

      Lily was crafty and smart. If she was crafty enough to escape death, why should Gunderson have an opportunistic moment to kill her??? Her character drove the plot of the railroad. Bring her back in a smart way or become a two season show like the killing. In the end we know railroads were built..its not the point. Grrrr.

      • Tom

        I’m sorry that you cro-magnons lack the willpower to try and perceive this show for what the writers intend. I guess audiences have become entitled and believe writers exist solely to pleasure their viewers. Wake up. This is good writing. And the gayton brothers have achieved something extraordinary here. Not for you, not for your friends not for your couch but for television and art. 

        go read a book.

        • Erik

          Who has the Gayton brothers boners on his mouth…… I’m an artsy dude who knows good writing when you see it!!! Beat your face man! They took out one of the pistons that drove the shows engine, now what we watch Cullen drink more wisky think about the “bad past” he had. And build a railroad that we know in history gets built! ……. Ya know what man your right…… That’s real art!!

          Your just a try hard who thinks he is distinguished and smart!

        • HavanaJoe

          Aren’t you the intellectual one…
          This isn’t art, it’s a frikking tv series…a soap opera with a western theme. And yes, audiences are the reason for the programs. No audience, no advertisers. No advertisers…no revenue. No revenue….no writers.
          It’s a business….just like any other. The job is to attract and keep viewers, which in turn keeps advertisers.
          This series is no more extraordinary than any other extended series. It’s entertainment…that’s all.

    • Luabella

      So true, in many ways this season lost momentum. Despite the progression of the railroad and a town having been built over night, day to day living took over.. okay fine. But the plot became watered down during the rise of the town and the guts and grit of the show diluted. A perfect opportunity to introduce new characters and create new colour…instead they end the season by killing Lily Bell?? I would have preferred a cliff hanger even if its not the style of the show, it would have been a better choice. This is not The Walking Dead or an Agatha Christie novel, “And Then There Were None” ..when other characters died in this show it had reason, purpose, retributuion, or to maneover players like chess.. get them out of the way.

      I appreciated that in season one and half of season two, almost every character had blood on their hands they needed to cleanse their soul of or forget or further antagonize. No one was perfect and everyone trying to figure out a way to move past the permanent stains on their consciousness. Season 2 began to give answers to some questions and move along. As viewers we were patiently waiting while some episodes left us flat. Season finale of season two was suppose to be lead to a climax not a let down.

      Lily was crafty and smart. If she was crafty enough to escape death, why should Gunderson have an opportunistic moment to kill her??? Her character drove the plot of the railroad. Bring her back in a smart way or become a two season show like the killing. In the end we know railroads were built..its not the point. Grrrr.

    • Axel

      I’m glad she is dead she was a distraction to Bohannon and  his mission she was going to get him killed also she was  WHORE WHORE  WHORE sleeping with Durant for a place to live  

  • Gailfarmer60

    Shocking can’t believe lily is dead

  • Deb

    You just killed my reason for tuning in next season. Stupid writers!

  • chuck

    uh…not quite sure that Lillly is dead. Stranger things have happened in televison.

    • Tinz32

      Lilly was the glue that held this show togeather! What idiots do they have writting this crap! Lilly dead equals lessssss viewers! I’m bettn they wouldn’t give her money or some stupidness like that that ruins shows.

  • P365

    Bad writing…you just wiped out any reason for me to tune in next season.

  • Petra

    Yes I have to agree. Killing Lily off was a bad move. If they think Virginia Madsen will take Dominique’s place they are badly mistaken.

  • walterdog

    lilly,,,,,,,,damn…………………….

  • lilly,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,damn.

  • Kdshue

    If she’s really dead, I’m done with this show.

  • Chuckg

    Killing Lilly off was the worst, and most assinine piece of writing ever done on this great show. She can never be replaced as the best and only salvation that Cullen would have ever had. She is perfect for this part and is irreplaceable for Bohannon’s return to love and humanity. I’m done viewing this show from now on.

    Bring Lilly back somehow, or prepare to lose many more viewers.

  • guest

    I am done watching this series.  The fact that you brought on an aged, old hag, Virginia Madsen, and then you kill off the only eye candy in the series, Dominique McEllicott, unbelievable.  And you let the awful Swede, Chris Heyerdahl, off the hook over and over again.  The writers need to realize what they had, too bad for you!!!!!

  • Carrie Muchow

    Done with this show, first Durant is gone, he’s great as the “love to hate him” characters, then the swede now lily??? What the hell? What’s left? The Irish are boring, Elam and the tatoo girl suck, her husband was a good character but surprise there, he’s dead, the preacher girl is dumb so yeah, done watching, thanks for the waste of time!!

  • Jpelligreno

    Angry they killed Lilly off. I think they “jumped the shark” very disappointed. Makes Cullen’s character weak. He chose the railroad over Lilly and failed to protect her. I don’t see him as a hero, but a thoughtless coward.

  • Kelkey66

    killing Lily was bad for the show, un acceptable

  • AmericanQTPi

    What an idiotic move to kill off Lily. It felt disjointed, empty and just plain wrong. Without her character do not plan on investing anymore time in this show.

  • Virgo_vonne6

    Killing off Lilly Belle, please bring her back by any means possible.  If you don’t your show is dead to me.  She was the star of the show, what is wrong with you people?

  • Jax

    I’m done. They jumped the shark by killing Lilly. Now they want to sell soundtrack music? that song at the end was terrible!
    This series started out good, but I guess they ran out of script.
    I will not watch next year. 

  • Jax

    I’m done. They jumped the shark by killing Lilly. Now they want to sell soundtrack music? that song at the end was terrible!
    This series started out good, but I guess they ran out of script.
    I will not watch next year. 

  • jax

    I’m done. They jumped the shark by killing Lilly. Now they want to sell soundtrack music? that song at the end was terrible!
    This series started out good, but I guess they ran out of script.
    I will not watch next year. 

  • jax

    I’m done. They jumped the shark by killing Lilly. Now they want to sell soundtrack music? that song at the end was terrible!
    This series started out good, but I guess they ran out of script.
    I will not watch next year. 

  • Damagedisc

    Done with this show Lilly made the whole show cannot be replaced how stupid!

    • Gabeluq

      Killing lily, wow huge mistake. like many have already said, I’m not gonna continue with this show. the way they did it also, terrible!. It was just so bad, it really ruined the whole show.

  • Damagedisc

    Done with this show Lilly made the whole show cannot be replaced how stupid!

  • Blionslyons

    no more time watching this show ( my god this was bad,bad.bad.) do not come back next year……….

  • Rob 714

    killing off lily..the one character on the show who had a pure purpose and the one character who could bring cullen some redemption is ridiculous.. not sure if I want to see season 3…and even if they bring her back now, it will just seem like fake tv and make things too unbelievable! I will be removing the series recording settings from my dvr

  • Th

    I loved this show. I am so let down by the writers. The killing of Lilly ends my viewership. It was poor decision making, even it the idea was to recraft Bohanon. Rated F, this show had potential. It’s now lost with the death of Lily.

  • Tommy12310

    The writers kill my favorite character like that.  She was the best reason to watch!!  Goodbye Hell on Wheels.  You might as well cancel the show.

  • Verypissed

    you know i have never ever written anything on any blog about tv shows but this is a special occasion. i would like to just tell the writers and producers of this show to go and choke on a donkey’s penis. furthermore please let a swine shit on your faces because it is of less worth than a pit full of human excrement. thank you very much.
                                                    sincerely yours F  U for killing off lily

  • Anrkykid

    They are turning exactly into how sons of anarchy has turned,so theres two shiws I no longer watch,now that half the cast has died how do they plan on continuing the storyline,probly knew they weren’t doin another season and found a way out,but fu©k this show now

  • Scottskyrim

    Well, I hope Lilly doesn’t just wake up after being knocked out..that would be even lamer

  • Davey1

    Oh come on people friggin relax!! First of all, they didnt show Lily being buried did they? hmm… you’d think such an important character would get a burial at least. If not, well yeah thats a real shame. Durant and the Swede may live on to see more air time as well. I say wait and see before passing judgement. Personally, I love the show. FAR better than 99.99% of the crap on TV these days. Its one of the best in recent years and I cant wait until next season!!

  • Dfalletta99

    this show is great I liked it a lot until they killed lily. stupid move it makes no sense to me she was played a great strong female roll and was the hottest female on set. The show won’t be the same without her. I will not be watching anymore. Not happy

  • ColorMeGone

    Like so many others, I’m done.  This dark show needed the hope Lily represented; I’m not interested in endless mindless violence.  I’m sure the Swede will live to wreck more havoc so the show runner can have him and the series unless it’s cancelled which will serve them right.  Sometimes killing off a character as a WTF plot twist turns into a FU writers one when it pisses off most of your audience.

    With Lily gone, some am I.

  • Fusinato

    We also are not pleased with the killing off of Lily Bell.  We tolerated the fact the locomotive is not real (many jokes about the foam loco) and that there is a serious error in the fact it is a woodburner (would coal cause issues with the foam?).  We were OK with the everyone screwing everyone LITERALLY, and we were into the finale where everyone was screwing everyone figuratively.  Lily’s death at the hands of Mr. Swede, well, tacked on and senseless.  She is the only character to have developed through these 2 seasons.  Well, maybe Mr. Toole but you killed him too!  Renegotiate her contract, make her not quite dead, and keep the reason 3/4 of the people watch.  Perhaps make next season a bit more intense?  Hmmm.  We Breaking Bad fans will need something intense to live for.

  • Geoff537

    Silly show blacks Indians doing white woman in the 1880s West never happened nor did the lack of a lynching. Then they kill the only good looker on the show? Done with it too.

  • Lano737

    There might be a reason that Bohannon dropped Lily’s body off specifically at the misson church with Ruth? It’s a reach, but could the writers really think they can get away with some kind of religious “miracle” -and Lily miraculously recovers? Or is this just wishful thinking by me, as I agree with all the other posters -killing her off was just a bad move as far as the overall story goes. Leaves Bohannon in nowhere

    • Katherine

      I’m thinking the same thing.  This might be part of a ruse to let the ruthless and vengeful Durants think she is dead so they’ll stop sending people to kill her.  She’s much too important to the show. To bring Lily and Cullen to one of the most tender love scenes I’ve seen and then kill her off is incomprehensible. I do hope they find a believeable way to bring her back.  This was a wonderful series with a very disturbing ending.

    • rolo

       I agree with your miracle angle idea.  The Swede knocked over the candle but it did not torch the place fore shadowing he also did a sloppy job killing her. I can not believe they would kill off such a strong character.

  • Ann C

    Hell on Wheels shot itself in the foot last night.  I hope the wound is fatal.   

  • Big Ed Midwest

    Agree with Petra and many others, killing off Lilly was pitiful…copycat of a scene in a recent WWII era movie. All five members of our family are done. Wife and Daughter, disgusted with lilly’s death scene.

  • Barryrobinson

    I have been an ardent follower of Hell On Wheels, as I love westerns, especially if they try to portray the proper clothing etc. of that time. I am also dissappointed, that Lilly was killed off, although I realize there could be many reason, viewers are not aware of. I do believe, the whole  series will suffer from this loss, I was expecting to see her get some revenge, for her miss-treatment… Unless “something” sufficent happens, there will be an open spot in my sunday nite viewing

    • Hsunny19

      I wa really upset that Lilly Bell was killed of the show last night.   I went to sleep very sadden by this because I felt that she was great on the show.  Lilly showed what a real woman is all about and to deal with life..  She is beautiful, smart, strong and understanding.   Hell on Wheels needs to figure out how to make this RIGHT or the show is not worth watching; Lilly Bell is the core of the show !!!!!  : (    

      • Dkhamm

        Lilly Bells strangulation by that lunatic swede is one of the most brutal Tv scenes I have ever viewed. I agree she was really becomingthe heart of the show because,as you say, she is beautiful and smart and she also became the chief surveyor,taking over from her dead husband.As well,l if the writers have her surviving the first indian attack you would think they would have her handle the swede. This series to me now is completely unwatchable(unless they ressurect her).  

  • Cp

    Well I was going to comment on how unhappy I am that Lily was killed, but I do not need to beat a dead horse. . . .no pun intended.  I will tune in next season, but hoping some will remain BAD and some will attempt to right the many wrongs.

  • Fran

    You definitely turned my evening sour with the killing of Lily.  She is a strong woman that we cheered for every week.  She was nurturing Bohannen’s character and making him a person again.  I could not wait until th next episode to see this develop.  Please have the writers show this scene as a nightmare that Bohannon is having and bring her back next season.  She is a MUST for me.  

  • Skhall62

    I was also very disappointed by the murder of Lilly.  Lilly was a strong women who survived the Indian attack that killed her husband she also had such a business sense and could stand up to the men in that town.  She was focused on helping get the job done and to kill her was a mistake.  I’m not sure if I will come back for the next season either.  The only women left in the town is the mousey preachers daughter and a bunce of whores. 

  • FFulmer

    Kill off Lily? Main reason for being a success was chemistry between Cullen & Lily

  • Jpmac45

    Yet another disillusioned fan… After such a great first season, here’s another series that failed to live up to its potential. By failing to introduce any new significant characters and squandering so much time on the ludicrous/ridiculous Swede, and other boring/off plot relationships I’ve actually been bored much of the time, something I never thought would happen. Note to producers: focus on Cullen.

    And the finale with the reappearance of the hilarious Swede in full pagliacci mode (what was with that “Twin Peaks” dance moment?), and his plot device murder of Lily (are we to believe the savvy Lily would be carrying an empty gun?), was a major disappointment. This show has begun to careen wildly from authentic western drama to self parody. Sad to say HOW has run off the rails…

  • DonnaLee

    I think he fabricated the story to the investigators so that he can keep lily safe and we were seeing the story the way he was telling the investigators.

    • Lano737

      Very smart of you to consider that plot possibility -it’s very much a possibility. Or is this wishful thinking on the part of us fans? As I said in my own post a little earlier than yours, it struck me as funny that Bohanon specifically dropped Lily’s body off at the mission with Ruth -perhaps she is in on a plan to hide Lily from the investigators and also attempt to nurse her back to health?

  • Love4horsesrodeo

    Can’t believe you killed off lily it should have been that stuck up wife of the owner of the company. You really need to bring back lily  

  • Joseph McNulty

    “Hell on Wheels,” in the AMC world, is the inverse of “Breaking Bad” — a great idea poorly done.  “Breaking Bad” is a hackneyed idea expertly done.  Nevertheless, I have watched “Hell on Wheels” — not with the devotion shown to “Breaking Bad,” but at least with the devotion showed to that overrated freak show, “The Walking Dead” (the survivors are threatened by hordes of walkers while going up the hill; the survivors are threatened by hordes of walkers while going down the hill).  

    Given the selective bloodshed of the finale of “Hell on Wheels,” it appears that it is trying to cut cast payroll to stay on the air.  The idea of a drama based on the seething temporary tent towns/camps that accompanied the building of the transcontinental railroad was a natural (the contrast between the venal railroad boss and the opulence of the official rail car with the sweating poverty of the teeming Irish or black workers, the land sales swindles, the whores with their painted faces, the savage Indians waiting to attack the “Iron Horse”).  

    The first mistake was made immediately.  The show started like “The Fugitive” set in the Old West.  Bohannon, Confederate veteran, was haunted by the murder of his family by renegade Union troops who he was implacably trying to track down.  Then, this quest was forgotten as Bohannon became the construction chief of the railroad and met Lily (who had to have been more alluring that a “dirt-eating” Southern farm wife with several kids).  

    The treatment of the black characters is totally unrealistic.  The idea of an inter-racial love affair is more properly set in 1969, not 1869.  The idea of the black characters blending in with the others in the town (apparently, “Hell on Wheels” valued “diversity” more than 100 years before the rest of the country) is foolish.  The idea that Bohannon, a Confederate veteran, would always address blacks as equals is preposterous and indicates that the writers do not really respect Bohannon, or the blacks, as historical characters.  I have never even heard the work “nigger” used.  Apparently, the word was not in use in America in 1869.  

    That is the problem with this series.  It does not have the courage to treat its characters like REAL people in a REAL world, not just a world of rented tents and fake choo-choos.  

    Why was Lily killed?  She was never developed as the character she should have been.  She should have been a middle class girl who married a surveyor and then discovered that his life — if she only joined it — would free her forever from stifling middle class conformity.  Then, when her husband died, she met Durant, a rich man at loose ends with a wife 1,000 miles away.  With her looks and the ribald atmosphere of the camp, she becomes a sexual adverturess and Durant’s consort — even though his touch repulses her.  She then beds the hyper-masculine Bohannon (after he takes a bath), and leverages both affairs to enhance her power to rule the railroad “behind the throne.”  But, instead the writers killed her, a woman who could have been one of the series’ most fascinating characters.  The Swede has somehow moved from an upright enforcer of law and order — righteous if too stern — to some kind of Bergman-ish Golem who kills without remorse.Look at what they have done.  Offered the railroad’s management to Bohannon (inexplicably, since he is qualified to be a track gang boss, but not a railroad executive), thus sendinf Durant and his wife to disappear as he goes to jail or to Chicago to recover (or more likely to die off-camera).  The Swede may be dead or can be resurrected if the series is renewed by AMC and a villain is needed.  Lily has been killed, which tells me that the actress had a pilot to do or had a play run ahead.  They have already killed off the crazy preacher, and the subplot of his daughter having an Irish suitor went nowhere (but the Irish suitor survived the Indian attack, so there’s that).  The show apparently may not be renewed (the departure of Lily may indicate that she had greener fields elsewhere). but if it does, here’s betting that it will be on a smaller scale with a smaller cast.  

  • Kathleen

    I’m not sure I’ll invest time next year now that Lily is gone.
    What were they thinking ? Stupid, stupid, stupid decision.

    • TvManiac

      We need to send our beliefs and complaints to the writers. I guarantee if they read all of this that they would bring Lily back.

  • I was sincerely in shock that Lily died.  I kept expecting Bohannon to come bursting into the train car and take on the Swede. I am truly hurt that she has been killed off as she is my favorite character. Bohannon will wander aimlessly without her.

  • Still a fan…but

    I was loving the finale…right up until they killed Lily.  I am with some of the others hoping this is a bad dream and they will find a way to bring her back.  I am not writing the show off yet, but I am hoping for Lily to return in Season 3 and the Swede to be truly dead.  We’ve had enough of his craziness.  Bring on someone new to be the bad guy. 

  • Was looking forward to the shift in responsibility for the railroad–Cullen, Lilly, and Ferguson.  Could have got quite a few seasons out of it with a finale when they finally make it to California. 

  • Sjohnson917

    Just lost another viewer….. I would have been counting down the days till the new season, but killing off Lilly Bell was enough for me…. Why do the writers do such things.  They could have had themselves a #1 show, but by killing one of the main characters that would have given the show a reason to survive just reduces them to another show left for dead… I sure hope the other actors have day jobs…..

  • Gail

    The killing of Lilly was so disappointing!  Not much left for a season 3 now.  What were the writers thinking?! 

  • Gail

    The killing of Lilly was so disappointing!  Not much left for a season 3 now.  What were the writers thinking?! 

  • Dr_rich

    Bad decision to kill Lilly 

  • Grhusa1

    Why would you kill off such a strong charactor like lily, bad,bad,bad, mistake, will lose alot of viewers, shame on you

  • Chhokanson

    OK, OK, I can’t believe they killed Lilly either, but can any of you (from prior 62 posts all want her back) at least appreciate the OMG I can’t believe they just did that factor.  Does every show/movie need a character intro start, middle conflict, and ending with the main character saves the day yet again.  I appreicate that it was outside the box of normal network TV; although given my appreication of HBO and some of the killing off of characters (Game of Thrones & Boardwalk Empire) I enjoy the shock.  Somewhere in Hollywood I am sure they can find a new love interest for Cullen that hasn’t been sleeping around with more men on the show than the actual prostitute.

  • NIGHTSHIFTER

    Can’t believe you took Lily off!

    • Jimhannon1

      Bad decision to kill Lilly off.
      If she’s in another series I’ll watch it!
      She’s Terrific!

  • Shyndsen

    I Looked like they were cleaning up the story lines to end the series.  Is it coming back for Season 3??? 

  • Rainer

     I also can’t believe they killed off Lily Bell. She was, in my opinion, the only reason to watch it. This series will be insufferable without her; it was difficult and painful to watch as it was. I have no reason to watch it anymore. She is the only reason I watched it.

  • Unhappy Romantic

    Contrary to popular belief, people do like happy endings.  It seems that the norm on TV shows today is to shock you, I think it started with Breaking Bad.  The difference is that Walt is bad and Lily was not.  Why would the writers think that killing Lily was a good idea?  I know all you men like the blood and guts part of the show, but probably 50% who watch this show are women – we like romance.  I’m done watching this show.

  • 1eggbert1

    Cullen is asked at the beginning what happened and he replies “The White Spirit”. It is not so much the Sioux attack as the mayhem the Swede stirs up. The Swede is symbolic of Death itself. His dance while the town burns is a homage to Death in the The Seventh Seal. Death makes the characters at the end dance while he leads them to eternity. Lily cannot kill him with her gun as he represents Death. She pleads for her life but Death never listens. Elam’s reference to Genesis 22:10 has underlying tones.
    Is Lily, as Isaac, portrayed as the innocent lead to the sacrifice to someone else’s bidding? As Isaac doesn’t die in the story, so I wonder if the writer’s are going to bring her back. I felt revulsion not only that she was killed but also we were forced to watch it. Her death scene was repulsive. I felt not only was Lily violated but the audience was as well. It’s obvious if Hell on Wheels returns, the Swede will return to torment Cullen. If she is dead, why do we want to watch this madman return and not someone who gave the audience a reason to watch the program?

  • Lucy michielli

    Killing Lily  off a big mistake. Will tune in another program

  • Williams Edith

    come on writers.. give Lily back to us .. you can do it !! 

  • Matt

    Did anyone find it a bit odd that Cullen was going to simply hang the swede? then he escapes? Just walked him to the bridge like a common thief? I would think Cullen would give a a slow tortureous death for killing his Lily. A simple hanging and that’s it?
    Notice the Durant’s saw Cullen carrying Lily. Maybe she’ll be back. Hope so..

  • karmalord

    They Killed the soul that kept a belief in the whole premise of viewer interest as Bohannon himself wasn’t enough to garner loyalty. What a wasteful meaningless way to kill her as well. 

  • Italianbsn

    Very upset over how the show ended! Completely disappointed! Lily was the main reason I watched the show and endured the Swede and the Irish guy chasing the girl minister. If you are done with the series, fine. If it comes back and no Lily I won’t be watching! 

  • Joseph McNulty

    Why has my detailed comment disappeared completely?  If if because it was not a callow “fanboy” comment?  Was it because I was critical of AMC?  Is it because I was critical of the ridiculous “The Walking Dead”?  Was it because I mentioned “Rubicon,” a series that I suspect was cancelled because it hit too close to home for some people?  It’s ratings were comparable to “Breaking Bad” its first year.  The rating could not have been worse that such dreck as “Small Town Security” or the embarrassing “Comic Book Men.”  Perhaps the mere mention of “Rubicon” was unacceptable because it shows that some still remember it and its name triggered some computer program that led the moderator to deleted the comment and even any evidence of it?  This is an example that the “freedom of the internet” is mostly myth.

    • Hi Joseph,

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Your comment was in moderation because it triggered a flag, but it has been approved now and you should be seeing it. Sorry for the delay and thank you for commenting!

      • Joseph McNulty

        Thanks for restoring the comment and explaining.  What, exactly, “triggered a flag”?  There was no profanity.  Is sarcasm “beyond the line”?  Why was the comment even flagged —  perhaps the use of the “N-word,”  even though it was used in a historical, no a pejorative, sense.  I suppose that in Roman dramas it is no longer “politically correct” to call the barbarians “vandals.”  Or perhaps the lobby of Germanic barbarians has not yet gotten organized.

  • Gyrvj

    I don’t think you can argue with whether she should have been killed off until we see the storyline play out. I am sure many did not want the character killed, but we can’t predict what future plans for the show are.

  • W Jack77

    The way they killed lily unwatchable. Graphic.  Sadistic. Need Lily or cancel season 3. Maybe the lady minister discovers Lily isn’t dead after all. Otherwise, the writers are brain-dead. Bye, bye hell on wheels

  • Katherine

    I think the season finale of Hell On Wheels was filled with so many contradictions, flashbacks, dream sequences and surrealism that it shouldn’t be taken literally. I think the writers did that on purpose to aggitate the viewers and make them continue to think and talk about the show.  It worked, didn’t it?   Here are a few possibilities:

    1) It’s too implausible that the Sweded killed Lilly.  He arrives in town slung over a horse, his body badly burned and barely able to tolerate anything more than a loincloth.  He writhes and screams as they try to dress his wounds and drifts in and out of consciousness.  Hanna states that “I doubt he’ll live throught the night.”   The next day, he’s up, fully dressed, waltzes his way though the fire to Lilly’s car, wrestles her to the ground and strangles her.  C’mon.  I think it’s more plausible that it was all part of his delerium.  Besides, he had no reason at all to kill her.  She was the only person who was nice to and stood up for him: she stopped Cullen from whipping him in season one; she brought him back when he was cast out of town to live by the dump; she gave him his old job back as accountant; and she forces Cullen to release him from the pig car.  So he thanks her by strangling her?  Sorry, I don’t buy it.  Besides, he was Lilly’s co-conspirator in exposing Durant’s fraud.  Why would he kill her?

    2)  Cullen finds himself in the same setting as he did in the Civil War. He’s trained his men and proceeds to fight the Indians as an army.  Like many men, he probably suffers flashbacks during and after the battle.  One of them might be projecting the death of his wife onto Lilly. He did say to Mr.Toole that he was afraid of what might happen when Lilly got to know him better.  Anyone notice that the scene where he discovers Lilly’s body is almost identical to the scene where he discovered his wife’s body at the beginning of the series?  This might just be part of Cullen’s post-traumatic stress.

    3) If the Swede did actually set out to kill Lilly, he could have cut her throat (like the guard) or broken her neck. He didn’t.  It’s possible he choked her just long enough for her to pass out.  The tipping of and long focus on the candle also looked like he was sending someone a signal.  When Cullen finds her, she’s near death or maybe just unconscious.  He decides, for her own protection, to let everyone think she’s dead and carries her through town to the church lady.

    THIS IS AN EXCELLENT SHOW with great actors (especially Anson Mount), filming and writing.  I do hope it returns for a third season and everyone watches.  It’s far superior to anything else being offered to us on TV.  As far as the Emmy’s go , MAD MEN didn’t win one this year.  What does that tell you about award shows?

    • Smdurbin1

      Goodness I hope your right.  Lilly has to come back!!!  I love this show and will continue to watch.   Sue

  • The Swede

    Sounds like a lot of people watch this show with your dick in your 

  • HavanaJoe

    We’ve recorded the series since we both work and travel a lot and so far, the second season is pretty boring. It seems that the main dude is a Clint Eastwood wannabee without the charisma and the Swede is just a remake of Hawaii Five O’s ‘Lofat’..the evil guy who can’t be killed…or isn’t, for some reason.

    This series seems to have lost it’s way in it’s effort to squeeze a third season out of it. It’s an okay western but nothing we’ve not seen before.

  • Chris

    Man I hope ya’ll don’t watch Game of thrones if you get so attached to characters