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Old 07-27-2015, 10:39 AM   #1
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Hell on Wheels - Season 5 thread (2015)

Anyone still watching this?

S5 has Cullen relocated to the "other" railroad on the Transcontinetal. He's working with the Chinese immigrants now. I thought E2 was very strong.

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Old 07-27-2015, 10:44 AM   #2
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Anyone still watching this?

S5 has Cullen relocated to the "other" railroad on the Transcontinetal. He's working with the Chinese immigrants now. I thought E2 was very strong.
Yep. It's still very good.

The Chinese suit as a new nemesis.

We haven't seen "The Swede" go back to being evil yet. He made Brigham Young, Jr. look good. Does he still have a long con planned?

I thought the job with the locomotive was just to get back on the track. Why do they need to carry it to other side of the mountain? I guess they'll use it to support tunneling from that side?

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Absolutely still watching. But I swear... Die Swede Die.

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Old 07-27-2015, 10:48 AM   #4
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Absolutely still watching. But I swear... Die Swede Die.
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:52 AM   #5
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The Swede never bothered me that much. He's just Cullen's nemesis. I think it's a matter of time before The Swede and the Chinese guy join forces.

I kind of guessed that Fong was a girl. But still thought the interaction between them was very strong.

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Now we have Chan as the frenemy, like Ferguson was, and The Swede up to his usual scheming.

Prediction: Chan discovers that Mai is a female and has to help keep it quiet because he owes her old man for saving him.

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Old 08-02-2015, 02:41 PM   #7
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Prediction: Chan discovers that Mai is a female and has to help keep it quiet because he owes her old man for saving him.
Complicated by the fact that she's the fugitive wife/slave of his boss...

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Old 08-05-2015, 01:47 PM   #8
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What's the Swede's scheme this time?
He's obviously undermining Brigham Yong's son (Phineaus?). I don't think he really believes he is the true prophet like he told Bohanon. He's got something planned with all those rifles he is stashing.
Oh, I just realized as I'm typing this that the accounting 'anomaly' the Swede tipped off to the son is actually the money used to pay for the guns. I already knew it wasn't really Brigham Young cheating them but didn't pick up until now that this scheme was to cover for his gun purchases.

And what's up with buying all the rice from Chang?

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Old 08-05-2015, 02:07 PM   #9
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And what's up with buying all the rice from Chang?
I thought it was really guns, not rice. Or maybe guns in the rice.

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I assumed guns too, otherwise Chang wouldn't be concerned.

I'm liking this season, I just wish they'd run the whole thing now instead of having to wait another year to wrap it up. But that's AMC.

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Old 08-06-2015, 11:59 AM   #11
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I thought this was the final season? Or did they give them more episodes and then split them across two years like the last season of breaking bad?

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Old 08-06-2015, 12:29 PM   #12
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Yup, similar to Breaking Bad, the "final season" is 14 episodes but they are splitting it 7 this summer and 7 next summer.

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I gotta be honest here -- ever since Common left the show, I've been very disinterested. These are piling up, and I may never get to them....

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I gotta be honest here -- ever since Common left the show, I've been very disinterested. These are piling up, and I may never get to them....
This season is like a whole new show, in a very organic way. The new location is "Truckee" (how do they come up with these silly names? I mean, really, who would name a town "Truckee"? ) and there's a whole new cast of characters.

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I mean, really, who would name a town "Truckee"? ) .
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The town’s original name was Coburn Station, commemorating a saloon keeper.[5]

Truckee was named after a Paiute chief. His assumed Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. He was the father of Chief Winnemucca and grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. The first Europeans who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe. The friendly Chief rode toward them yelling “Tro-kay!”, which is Paiute for “Everything is all right”. The unaware travelers assumed he was yelling his name. Chief Truckee later served as a guide for John C. Frémont.[6]

The translation sounds like a fitting California name to me.

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The town’s original name was Coburn Station, commemorating a saloon keeper.[5]

Truckee was named after a Paiute chief. His assumed Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. He was the father of Chief Winnemucca and grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. The first Europeans who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe. The friendly Chief rode toward them yelling “Tro-kay!”, which is Paiute for “Everything is all right”. The unaware travelers assumed he was yelling his name. Chief Truckee later served as a guide for John C. Frémont.[6]

The translation sounds like a fitting California name to me.
Have you ever eaten at Boney Mike's? That was one of my grandfather's favorite restaurants to stop at when going over the mountains on the way to visit my sister in Winnemucca.


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Old 08-10-2015, 09:16 AM   #17
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This season is like a whole new show, in a very organic way. The new location is "Truckee" (how do they come up with these silly names? I mean, really, who would name a town "Truckee"? ) and there's a whole new cast of characters.
I kinda like the new season, except they are kinda rehashing some of the plotlines they had with the black workers with the Chinese workers. This past week we got back to the Central Pacific plot a bit and some of our old "friends" showed up. I think it's pretty obvious at this point that the show is going to end at Promontory Point Utah with the last spike.

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Sounds somehow familiar.

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I think it's pretty obvious at this point that the show is going to end at Promontory Point Utah with the last spike.
Spoilers! Now you've ruined the climax for everyone that slept through middle school history!!!


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Spoilers! Now you've ruined the climax for everyone that slept through middle school history!!!

Was there a murdering "Durant" in history?

Will he steal the golden spike?

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Was there a murdering "Durant" in history?
Murdering? Not documented. But there most certainly was a Dr. Thomas Durant running UP and involved in scandals.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_C._Durant

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Was there a murdering "Durant" in history?

Will he steal the golden spike?
Duh! Obviously the "Swede" is going to steal the golden spike!

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Stagecoach Mary is a badass. Not having spent more than a day in Montana, I spent a little wiki time on her and HoW seems to be depicting her accordingly. Fastest USPS applicant to hitch a team of 6 horses -- at 60! Given her favorite beverage, the cause of her death made a lot of sense but she did seem to have lived a relatively long and interesting life. I hope she shows up a lot.

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the final season is 14 episodes but they are splitting it 7 this summer and 7 next summer
Summer is officially here. The second half of Season 5 starts this Saturday, June 11, at 9pm. Check your OnePass to make sure it's scheduled to record. I waited until January to watch the first half so I wouldn’t have to hold out for a whole year but I hope the rest of you aren't still railing about the wait.

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I hope the rest of you aren't still railing about the wait.
I saw what you did there.

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I rewatched the last episode S5 E7 this past weekend to refresh my memory of what happened. I'm ready for the end of the season. Not a big western fan but I enjoyed this take on it because of the railroad story. I will also watch the documentary series afterwards on AMC about the American West.

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