Hell on Wheels (2011–2016)
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Thirteen Steps 

Cullen struggles with Ruth's unexpected decision; Louise risks her reputation to fight for a story she believes in.

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Roxann Dawson

Writers:

Joe Gayton (creator), Tony Gayton (creator) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anson Mount ... Cullen Bohannon
Colm Meaney ... Thomas 'Doc' Durant
Robin McLeavy ... Eva
Jennifer Ferrin ... Louise Ellison
Phil Burke ... Mickey McGinnes
Dohn Norwood ... Psalms
Kasha Kropinski ... Ruth
Jake Weber ... John Campbell
David Wilson Barnes ... Martin Delaney
Andrew Howard ... Dandy Johnny Shea
Kevin Blatch ... Judge Webber
Matt Cooke Matt Cooke ... George Senior
Dylan Schombing ... George Junior
Haysam Kadri Haysam Kadri ... Dutch Dufray
Lorette Clow ... Administrator
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Storyline

Ruth is determined that her fate is sealed. Her trial gives her two possible outs, both of which she dismissed. Cullen provides his accurate detail as police officer, detailing that she'd only protected him and the general population from the murdering swine she shot down. Even John Campbell suggests a stay, saying that she is not thinking clearly. Ruth remains steadfast in sealing her own fate, and even growing closer to Bohannan during an all night vigil in her jail cell does not shake her from her decision. The morning comes, and Campbell asks Cullen to read the death warrant. He stalks out, wanting no part of it. Ruth begs him to attend her hanging, to be with her in the end. 13 steps up to the noose. Ruth looks to the crowd, hoping that Cullen will he there. He arrives late, but too late to stop Ruth from her fate. She smiles a small smile of contentment, just before the hood is placed over her head. Written by saunterr44

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hanging | sadness | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | Western

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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[first lines]
Cullen Bohannan: [holding the Bible under her hand] You do swear by almighty God, the searcher of all hearts, that the evidence you give shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, as you shall answer to God on the last great day?
Ruth: [kisses the Bible]
Judge Webber: In the matter of the United States versus Ruth Cole, the defendant stands accused of unlawfully, feloniously, and of malice aforethought shooting into Sidney Snow two mortal wounds of which he died, contrary to the law, peace, and ...
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Hell on Wheels Main Title
Written by Gustavo Santaolalla
Performed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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A tedious episode in an ever slowing series
26 August 2018 | by xhidden99See all my reviews

Nothing happens in this ep and the entire season is grinding to a halt. If it gets any slower they'll have to end the series without the railroad ever going another 30 yards let alone get completed.


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