Hell on Wheels

10 Best Episodes of Hell on Wheels - Season 5

The epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon, a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 02, 2023.

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Hell on Wheels - S5E6

#14 - Hungry Ghosts (Season 5 - Episode 6)

Cullen and Mei escort precious cargo through the California wilderness; Eva nurses Louise back to health.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 878 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E4

#13 - Struck (Season 5 - Episode 4)


Cullen solves a Chinese labor strike in the wake of violence. Meanwhile, Durant pulls Mickey deeper into Union Pacific business.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 872 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E3

#12 - White Justice (Season 5 - Episode 3)

Cullen contends with violence in Chinatown set off by disgruntled railroad workers. Meanwhile, the Swede manipulates Phineas in his plot against the Mormons.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 888 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E1

#11 - Chinatown (Season 5 - Episode 1)


Cullen is in California with the Central Pacific Railroad, and must deal with the new workers.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 930 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E11

#10 - Gambit (Season 5 - Episode 11)

Durant's plot to ransom himself takes an unexpected turn when Campbell arrives in town with the Cavalry to coordinate a rescue operation.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 1234 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E10

#9 - 61 Degrees (Season 5 - Episode 10)


Cullen's nitroglycerin experiment provides an explosive backdrop for the railroad life in Truckee. Durant's plan turns deadly.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 1286 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E2

#8 - Mei Mei (Season 5 - Episode 2)

Cullen and Fong find themselves in peril as they transport a locomotive over the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Swede gains Phineas' trust.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 879 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E9

#7 - Return to the Garden (Season 5 - Episode 9)


Cullen faces life-changing decisions in Utah as Truckee adapts to life without him.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 1294 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E5

#6 - Elixir of Life (Season 5 - Episode 5)

Unexpected violence erupts in Chinatown during the festival of Tin Hau Don; Cullen confronts the Swede; and Durant involves Maggie in his latest scheme.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 855 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E12

#5 - Any Sum Within Reason (Season 5 - Episode 12)


Chang force Mei to leave Truckee after discovering her secret; Cullen exorcises some old demons during his search.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 1231 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E13

#4 - Railroad Men (Season 5 - Episode 13)

The race to finish the railroad comes down to inches, forcing all parties to contemplate the end of the line, and what the future holds for them.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 1274 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E8

#3 - Two Soldiers (Season 5 - Episode 8)


The Swede's murderous rampage on the Hatch homestead results in a long overdue showdown with Cullen.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 1325 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E7

#2 - False Prophets (Season 5 - Episode 7)

Cullen and Durant meet with President Grant to discuss the future of the railroad; the Swede puts his plan against the Mormons in action.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 936 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E14

#1 - Done (Season 5 - Episode 14)


The golden spike, government hearings and unpredictable actions mean new beginnings and endings for the survivors.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 1192 votes.

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