A funny thing tends to often happen to us when it comes to AMC’s “Hell on Wheels“: Somehow, we continue to constantly underrate it in our head, and every time it returns with new episodes we’re continually surprised by just how good it is. Maybe a part of it is because it’s not spoken about enough in the media, or maybe a part of it simply comes down to it finding a way to outdo itself time and time again.
Either way, there was some masterwork throughout Saturday’s midseason premiere, an episode that you could argue was the culmination of a several-year journey in the relationship / showdown of Cullen Bohannon versus The Swede. The two men finally made it to a point where there was no other course but violence; specifically, Swede made it that way by hunting down Cullen’s wife Naomi and family, laying waste to many of them. In true Western hero fashion Cullen arrived there just in time to keep Naomi alive, and engage in what was one of several great exhausted man-battles of the night. In between these sequences and the mud fight a ways back, few shows really do this better. Yes, it’s real life: People actually do get tired.