Hell on Wheels (2011–2016)
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Bread and Circuses 

Joseph Black Moon and Reverend Nathaniel Cole travel into Cheyenne territory in hopes of a peace talk. Lily Bell and Thomas Durant discuss the future of the railroad construction. Cullen ... See full summary »

Director:

Adam Davidson

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
Common ... Elam Ferguson
Dominique McElligott ... Lily Bell
Tom Noonan ... Reverend Nathaniel Cole
Eddie Spears ... Joseph Black Moon
Ben Esler ... Sean McGinnes
Phil Burke ... Mickey McGinnes
Duncan Ollerenshaw ... Mr. Toole
Diego Diablo Del Mar Diego Diablo Del Mar ... Dix
Christopher Heyerdahl ... The Swede
Gerald Auger ... Pawnee Killer
Dohn Norwood ... Psalms
Kasha Kropinski ... Ruth
Robin McLeavy ... Eva
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Storyline

Joseph Black Moon and Reverend Nathaniel Cole travel into Cheyenne territory in hopes of a peace talk. Lily Bell and Thomas Durant discuss the future of the railroad construction. Cullen Bohannon and Elam settle their differences in a public fight. Written by Chris Wylie

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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

4 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

"Bread and circuses" (or bread and games; from Latin: panem et circenses) is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the generation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace, as an offered "palliative." Its originator, Juvenal, used the phrase to decry the selfishness of common people and their neglect of wider concerns. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner. (From Wikipedia) See more »

Goofs

In the previous episode, when Elam and Eva are undressing, there are obvious whipping scars on his back. In this episode, when Elam takes his shirt off at the start of the boxing match, he has no scars on his back. See more »

Quotes

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Chief Many Horses: It is good to make this sacrifice where the sun can look down and see you. It is a great privilege to dance with the sun. The sacrifice will be hard, but you are strong and brave. You will not give up, as I did not give up when my father brought me to this place. Follow the sun all day and pray. If you are strong and true, your sacrifice will be rewarded, and you will have a vision.
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Hell on Wheels Main Title
Written by Gustavo Santaolalla
Performed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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