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'Hell on Wheels' season 4 scoop: Does Elam survive?

In the season three finale of AMC’s Hell on Wheels, Elam (Common) went searching for kidnapped Cullen (Anson Mount) and stumbled upon a bear instead. Out of bullets, he was last seen losing that battle. Considering Common’s not in the first official cast photo released for season four (click here for the full version), fans might worry he’s off the show for good. Those who caught him photographed at the cast and crew’s season 4 kickoff dinner, though, may assume Elam’s back. Exec producer John Wirth confirms it: “He survives the bear attack, but I think you will be surprised to see the manner in which he survives,” he tells EW. “The circumstances of his survival are unique.”

If that—combined with our scoop on Cullen’s relationship with new bride Naomi (now played by MacKenzie Porter)—isn’t enough of a tease for the show’s Aug. 2 return, here’s more from Wirth, including details on the arrival of a few new characters and the episode in which you can expect to see a cameo from Mac Mount, Anson’s rescued French bulldog and social media darling. READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels' EP John Wirth explains the recasting of Cullen's bride -- FIRST LOOK

Hell on Wheels returns Aug. 2, and the AMC Western—which parlayed Saturday night success into an expanded 13-episode fourth season—will have more than one new face. One that might surprise fans is that of Cullen’s young Mormon bride, Naomi. Originally played by Siobhan Williams, the character was introduced early last season when the railroad carved its way through her family’s Nebraska homestead. Cullen (Anson Mount) had sex with her once in the barn, but then had to hang her brother after her trigger-happy father blamed his son for killing of a member of the railroad police. In the season 3 finale, a kidnapped Cullen avoided being hanged by the Mormons (and masquerading Swede) at Fort Smith and married Naomi, who he’d learned was carrying his child. Canadian actress/singer MacKenzie Porter steps into the role for season 4. Here, showrunner John Wirth explains the switch and teases what’s to come. READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels' season finale sneak peek: Cullen's fate is in WHOSE hands? -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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When we spoke to Hell on Wheels star Anson Mount at the start of season 3, he said that Cullen’s run-in with a Mormon family in the two-hour premiere would come back around. He wasn’t lying.

In Saturday’s season finale, the family’s patriarch wants kidnapped Cullen to hang. (Cullen had hanged the man’s son after the boy took the blame for killing Cullen’s chief of railroad police during a dispute over property.) Adding to the drama: As the railroad deadline looms, Elam (Common) mounts a one-man rescue attempt, and The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl), who’s posing as a Mormon bishop, finally comes face-to-face with Cullen (for the first time since Cullen tried to hang him for killing Lily Bell in season 2 finale’s and the Swede escaped). Watch an exclusive sneak peek below. READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels' sneak peek: Will Cullen let Ruth go? -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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The death of Sean (Ben Esler) reverberates in this week’s episode of Hell on Wheels as Ruth (Kasha Kropinski), feeling as though she failed him, decides she wants to leave town. Cullen (Anson Mount), however, doesn’t want her to go.  Watch our sneak peek below and try not to ship them. Then, watch another clip teasing the return of the Mormon father whose son Cullen hanged in the season premiere. Bohannon has bigger problems than whether Ruth gets on that train: “All the guns in the world will not protect Cullen Bohannon.” READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels' sneak peek: Cholera epidemic! -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Things are never easy in Hell on Wheels (except on the rare occasion that Anson Mount’s Cullen is drunk and doing the Two-Step). In this week’s episode, a cholera epidemic strikes, and Cullen must find fresh water before his workers die. Watch a sneak peek below. He’s not looking so good himself. READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels': The beginning of Bohannon's beautiful friendship with... Ulysses S. Grant -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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“Northern general, southern soldier, working together to unify these United States — it’s what the country needs,” Ulysses S. Grant (guest star Victor Slezak) tells Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount). And Bohannon screwing over Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney), who files an injunction against the Union Pacific in this week’s episode of Hell on Wheels? It’s what the fans want.

Watch our exclusive sneak peek below. It not only shows Mount’s comedic timing, but also just how beautifully you can frame a shot in Calgary, where the series films. (It’s almost as if the wind and that fly were cued). READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels': Elam wants his daughter back -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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At the end of last week’s Hell on Wheels, Elam (Common) and Eva (Robin McLeavy) discovered their baby girl missing. In Saturday’s episode, directed by Neil LaBute, Elam and Cullen (Anson Mount) — both still bruised from that near-fatal stickball game with the Kiowa — will disagree about how to handle it. Watch a sneak peek below. It’s Common’s stoic intensity at its finest. READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels': No, not the horse! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Hell on Wheels fans may want to keep an eye on the Twitter account of Quigley, the horse star Anson Mount rides on the AMC Western, come Saturday night. Odds are he’ll have a strong opinion about the scene in our sneak peek below. Cullen (Mount) and Elam (Common) run into a bit of trouble when they forge deep into Indian territory to secure a new lumber source after a railroad accident. In the clip, Jimmy Two Squaws (Brent Briscoe), a fur trader who became adept at marrying into tribes to consolidate his business networks and is frequently hired by railroad scouts and traders to negotiate with tribes on their behalf, delivers a request to Cullen from Red Bear (Adam Beach), chief of the Kiowa. READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels': Trouble comes to town for Elam -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

By the end of last week’s Hell on Wheels season premiere, Elam (Common) had a baby and a badge. Eva (Robin McLeavy) gave birth to a daughter that may or may not be biologically his — to Elam, it doesn’t matter — and Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) made Elam his new chief of railroad police after gunfire left the position vacant. With the dangers of the job fresh on his mind, and a range war brewing, Elam will have even more to worry about in this week’s episode when Declan Toole (Damian O’Hare), brother of Eva’s dead husband Gregory, hits town.

After hearing of Gregory’s passing, the honorable New York City copper heads West to do right and marry his brother’s widow and raise the child as his own. You can imagine Elam’s reaction. But why do that when we’ve got a sneak peek of it below. READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels': Anson Mount on the scene he fought to keep in the season premiere

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Hell on Wheels‘ season 3 premiere, stop reading now. Anson Mount spoke with EW about a scene likely to have fans talking…
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Anson Mount talks season 3 of 'Hell on Wheels,' another sad death, and Common's new nickname

The AMC Western Hell on Wheels returns Aug. 10 with a two-hour premiere that picks up in the winter of 1867. We find former confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) readying to assume control of the Union Pacific Railroad, emancipated slave Elam Ferguson (Common) wondering whether wearing a badge will be too dangerous for a new family man, and railroad impresario Thomas “Doc” Durant (Colm Meaney) scheming to get out of jail and back into business. Here are 10 things you can look forward to in season 3: READ FULL STORY

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