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"Elixir of Life"

Season Number: 5
Episode Number: 5
Airdate: August 15, 2015
Director: Karen Gaviola
Writer: Michael Saltzman
Producer: Peter Chomsky
Thomas Brady
Anson Mount
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"Elixir Of Life" is the fifth episode of the fifth season of the AMC series Hell on Wheels.


Chang and Bohannon arrive in Truckee with more Chinese workers and items for a festival. Bohannon informs Chang that Tao is taking over the payroll. In Laramie, Louise Ellison enlists Eva's help with her abortion. Margaret Palmer arrives, furious with Durant for proclaiming Laramie, rather than Cheyenne, to be the new railroad hub. Durant promises to revert his decision. In Truckee, Cullen investigates the Swede's receiving rifles in rice crates. Meanwhile, Tao is shot and killed by a white salesman.




  1. Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon
  2. Colm Meaney as Thomas Durant
  3. Christopher Heyerdahl as Thor Gundersen
  4. Robin McLeavy as Eva
  5. Jennifer Ferrin as Louise Ellison
  6. Phil Burke as Mickey McGinnes
  7. Dohn Norwood as Psalms Jackson
  8. Byron Mann as Chang
  9. Angela Zhou as Fong
  10. Chelah Horsdal as Margaret Palmer

Guest starring

  1. Tzi Ma as Tao
  2. David Wilson Barnes as Martin Delaney
  3. Josh Caras as Phineas Young
  4. Brad Johnson
  5. Paige Patterson as Josie Rose
  6. Andrew Polk as Salesman


  1. Dean Barrett as Lucky Man
  2. Jesse Collin as Brian Lynch
  3. Maddie Dixon-Poirier as Janie Strobridge

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