After watching the exclusive clip we shared for Saturday’s (July 9) episode of “Hell on Wheels,” we knew there was going to be some sort of fallout regarding Mei’s (Angela Zhou) escape. Yet, we had no idea just how bad things were going to get once Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) came to her rescue. Spoiler: He straight up wrecks shop.
Tracking Mei to a nearby town, Chang (Byron Mann) busts out all sorts of fight moves to take down nearly everyone in his path. But after things lead to a standoff between Mei and Chang in a vacant bar — we actually thought she’d shoot him — Bohannon comes limping in all heroic-like. It’s a moment of exhaustion that leads him to give into his murderous ways and unflinchingly shoot Chang in the head.
And then, as if taken right out of a scene from “Unforgiven,” Bohannon calmly walks (limps) through the town like an old west vigilante of sorts and takes down every one of Chang’s men. It’s cinematic moments like these where “Hell on Wheels” excels — and we really want more of them. With two episodes left in the series, could Bohannon be the symbolic dynamite that blows everything to hell?
After weeks of ridiculing Bohannon for the stupid decisions he’s made in his life, it was actually difficult not rooting for his relationship with Mei to work out. She loves him, he loves her … yet, there’s no happy family coming out of this scenario — sorry, Barney.
While it seemed things would work out, Mei made a run for freedom after Chang’s bosses showed up into town. We still want to hold out hope, but more and more it’s looking like Cullen Bohannon will “die a lonely wretched thing,” after all.
“Hell on Wheels” airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.