AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” is shifting gears somewhat as it heads into its third season, but some things will remain the same. Cullen Bohannon and Elam Ferguson, for instance, would just as soon punch each other as say hello.
That’s pretty much what happens in this clip — which is exclusively on Zap2it — from Saturday’s (Aug. 10) season premiere. Cullen (Anson Mount) has scarcely stepped into a room before Elam (Common) greets him with a right hand to the face. Cullen responds in kind, and were it not for a knock on the door, who knows how much damage they would have done to one another?
About the Season 3 changes: “Hell on Wheels” has done away with the revenge story that drove its first two seasons and picks up with Cullen having become the chief engineer for Union Pacific as it races to build the transcontinental railroad. Elam is working toward true freedom for himself and his fellow former slaves, and Doc Durant (Colm Meaney) is still out to exploit the railroad construction for his own ends.
The show also has a new night, Saturdays, which AMC hopes will serve as the capper for a day of western-themed programming. “Hell on Wheels” debuts in its new timeslot with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. ET Saturday. Take a look at the clip: