AMC has renewed its western-themed original drama Hell On Wheels for a fifth and final season, the network said Friday.
The fifth season of series, which chronicles the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, will run seven episodes next summer and an additional seven episodes in the summer of 2016, said network officials.
The series is currently averaging 3.4 million viewers (live +3) for the first 10 episodes of season four.
Hell On Wheels' final season announcement follows the network’s plans to end its Emmy Award-winning Mad Men in 2015 after seven seasons.
“With season five of Hell on Wheels, we are proud to bring our trans-continental journey to conclusion for the large, loyal audience that has traveled with Cullen Bohannon and his crew for so many years,” said AMC President Charlie Collier in a statement. “We look forward to appropriately honoring Hell on Wheels in this final season. Enormous thanks to the terrific writers, cast and crew for all they have achieved and for all that lies ahead in the Wild West.”
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