Hell on Wheels season finale sneak peek
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Hell on Wheels is a series starring Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common and Dominique McElligott, which told the story of the Union Pacific Railroad and its workers, mercenaries, prostitutes, surveyors and others who lived, worked and died in the mobile camp called Hell on Wheels, which followed the railroad west across the Great Plains.
The season finale plot of the series said: "Bohannon abandons his thirst for revenge to wrest leadership control over the construction of the Union Pacific from Durant. Eva gives birth to the child born of his extramarital affair with Elam.
Elam asks her to marry him, while the Swede with a cunning plan takes control of Fort Smith to consummate his revenge against Bohannon." In particular, the story focuses on Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier who, while working as a foreman and chief engineer of the railroad, initially tried to track down Union soldiers who killed his wife and son during the American Civil War.
Created by Tony and Joe Gayton, aired for five seasons since 2011 on AMC. Hell on Wheels refers to the traveling ensemble of gambling houses, saloons and brothels that followed the workers involved in the construction of the First Transcontinental Railway in the second half of the 1860s in the US.
In May 2010 AMC ordered the production of the pilot episode. Common was the first actor to be cast on the series, to play the role of a slave. In July, Anson Mount and Irish actress Dominique McElligott were cast for the lead roles.
In August, actor Colm Meaney joined the cast, followed by Ben Esler, Eddie Spears and Phil Burke. In December of the same year, AMC ordered the production of an entire season, consisting of 10 episodes, which was shot in May 2011 in the city of Calgary.
On May 4, 2011, the broadcaster released the first trailer. On December 23, 2011, the series was officially renewed for a second season. Common was born and raised in Chicago where he was noted for his early musical expressions and ended up being mentioned in Unsigned Hype Column, The Source music magazine.
His first single, Take It EZ, is from 1992 which will later be included in Can I Borrow a Dollar?, His first album. Other singles from those years are Breaker 1/9 and Soul By The Pound. In 1994 he released his second album, Ressurection, where the track I Used to Love H.E.R.
stands out, metaphorically focused on hip hop who becomes a woman by talking about how she has compromised with violence, thanks to this writing a feud will start with Ice Cube, ex-rapper of N.W.A .. The artist then changes his name from Common Sense to just Common.
Once in New York, he signed with Relativity Records in 1997 and released his album One Day It'll All Make Sense, embellished by the collaborations of Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Cee-Lo and Black Thought by the Roots.
Hell in a Wheels creators Joe and Tony Gayton have spoken of their appreciation for Common's contributions to the set. Series creators Joe and Tony Gayton told Billboard that Common is the hardest-working man on set.