‘Hell on Wheels’ season 4, episode 7 reaction: Robin McLeavy, Anson Mount on ‘Elam Ferguson’ aftermath
Tonight’s episode of “Hell on Wheels” can only be described in one word: Devastating. “Elam Ferguson” was the hardest episode to watch quite possibly of the entire series. (Caution: Spoilers ahead!)
This episode brought us to an emotional place, largely because we had the end to a character in Elam Ferguson who was beloved by so many. He was a man who Cullen desperately tried to save, to find a way to pull out that humanity from within him. Unfortunately, we learned by the time that these end credits rolled that there was really no way he was going to be able to do that. He had to kill his longtime friend, and not only do that, but do it almost in front of everyone in Cheyenne, including the woman who loved Elam more than anyone in Eva.
In the video below, Anson Mount, Robin McLeavy, and the show’s producers discuss the two separate angles and reactions to what happened here. For Robin, she explains that despite the motivation, Eva will “never forgive” Cullen for what he did in killing Elam. You could almost tell that from the moment she screamed. Meanwhile, Mount points out the moment of his character sobbing at the end of the episode, one of the first times that we have ever seen the character break down like that.
Obviously, there are still many episodes ahead on the series, and the show will inevitably go on. That does not mean that it is easy, or that we will not have it on the brain for a while. We’re sure that for these characters, they will hold onto that pain and anguish even longer.