We’re almost to the series finale of “Hell on Wheels” and after a whole slew of trauma heaped down onto Cullen Bohannon’s (Anson Mount) shoulders, it looks like he’s finally at his breaking point. On Saturday’s (July 16) episode, titled “Railroad Men,” Bohannon — with the help of Mr. Lee (Henry Kwok) and Psalms’ (Dohn Norwood) crew — end up taking The Central Pacific to the final laid track.
It’s a momentous occasion to see Bohannon hammer in the final spike. What is even more-so compelling, is the moment where Psalms takes his men from Mr. Durant’s (Colm Meaney) side to help Cullen finish the job.
And with that, it seems that the project is officially done and celebration commences in town. Whether Durant won (he didn’t) or Cullen did, it doesn’t really matter. Because it seems that the distraction of work has dissipated, leaving Bohannon to finally face a big heaping world of pain.
Naomi (MacKenzie Porter) is gone, William (Cooper Davies) is gone, Mei (Angela Zhou) is gone … the only lasting love in Bohannon’s life was that darn railroad. Now, with the project finished, reality is setting in and it’s hitting him harder than anything we’ve seen hit him before. Heck, did we ever see him grief over killing his best friend, Elam (Common)? No, we didn’t. Not really, anyway.
It seems that “Hell on Wheels” is leading us to a Bohannon breakdown of epic proportions. Then again, to quote Tyler Durden: “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
The world, may very well be his oyster.
The “Hell on Wheels” series finale airs Saturday, July 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.