YMMV / Hell on Wheels

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Was Ruth really taking a moral stand in refusing Campbell's pardon, or was she merely a Death Seeker who lost her will to live after Ezra's death?
  • Arc Fatigue: The Swede's rivalry with Bohannon is starting to wear a bit thin for some people as of season four.
  • Broken Base: The show's pretty much split the audience in half since its airing.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: About season 3 and four (particularly four), a running complaint has been the fact every single good person in the show dies horribly and pointlessly while the bad people thrive and triumph. By the fourth season the show's ratings actually started to fall due this.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Swede
    • Major Bendix has become quite popular for his Ax-Crazy speeches.
  • Growing the Beard: While the first season is generally agreed to be So Okay, It's Average, the show is considered to have become a lot more interesting the second season onwards.
  • Ho Yay: between Cullen and Elam, hell, the end of "Revelations" even has them riding off into the sunset together.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Swede season 2 onwards.
    • Durant has his moments too.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Many, if not most, critics feel this way about the show. Being that this is on AMC, and that this series followed in the wake of the highly contested The Killing, this was not a good thing.
  • Special Effect Failure: Cullen finds a photograph where the face of the man who ordered his wife hanged is blurred out, in what is clearly a cheap Photoshop effect rather than any of the issues affecting photography at the time.