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For **** sake, people need to chill out. You're freaking out over a show that did something no other show on tv would ever have the balls to do, something nobody expected! Some of the complaints being made here are pretty naive.

Personally, I liked her character and am not thrilled they killed her off either... But by no means do I think it ruined the show.

The story of the show is fiction and by no means is it historically accurate. But if you know anything about it's real life counter-part and the that of the time period. You know, it was a brutal and corrupt endeavor from start to finish, that took thousands of lives in the process. Good people died everyday and in unimaginable ways... Even women and children were not exempt. In life it's usually not the villains who are casualties of progress. This was a wild lawless land, in the most unstable era of our countries history. The civil war had just ended, there was no trust between anyone, and you had thousands of veterans who were hardened (almost soulless) by the bloodiest war in our history. These people did terrible things because they were numb to it.
Just read up on Andersonville and you'll have a good understanding of how the Swede could do what he did in this episode.
The main character of this story "Cullen" is himself for the most part a cold, remorseless, civil war vet who kills without blinking. If you think about it that way, you realize that in order for his character to continue on as is.... She had to die. The show would lose all meaning if he became softened and tied down by love. He's a bad man driven by revenge. Other than being portrayed in a somewhat sympathetic light (due to his past) he's no different than the shows villains and that's the way his story is meant to be portrayed. He's not a good guy, none of them are... They're just people making hard decisions in a terrible situation.

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Am I the only one who thinks it's totally implausible that the Swede actually killed Lily?  He was so badly wounded when he arrived back in town, wearing only a loincloth, that he screamed and writhed in pain when anyone tried to touch him. He rambled on incoherently and drifted in and out of consciousness.  Hanna said, "I doubt he'll live through the night."  It's too unbelievable to me that he's suddenly up, dressed and waltzing through the fire to Lily's car where he wrestles her to the ground and strangles her.  More likely, this is part of his delirium as he hovers near death.  It would also explain his weird “fire waltz” and the dreamlike sequence at the end where he skips along the tracks and jumps off the bridge to escape his hanging by Cullen.

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I'm a big fan of Hell on wheels. It's a dam good show. I do have a few issues with it though! For one, NOT ENOUGH EPISODES!! I know you can do better then that! At least 15! And as for Lilly.. Hopefully she was not dead! Things were just getting really good! It would be a bad move to knock her out of the show. She help make the show! You guys need to get your acts together and come on with the come on next season lol!

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i don't think Lilly is dead. If you notice when she was strangled her hair was one way. When Cullen walked in and noticed her her flowed around her face. Pay attention to her neck as well there is heart beat. When Cullen brings her to town pay attention to her fingers just as they are walking past Mickey and Sean. She moves one of them.

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I just don't understand why basically every single one of these posts are so negative. Yes I was very sad that lily was killed.. I mean her and Cullen just started to fall in love with eachother. But this doesn't mean that they should stop producing. Please don't stop watching this show because lily happened to be your favorite character and now she's know longer in it. This is a very good show and has turned to be my favorite. I looked forward to every Thursdays when it came on. It will be very unfortunate if they stop the show. Just remember.. you don't know what they could have coming up :)

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Just depressing...the whole flashback thing and Lilly's death was not that creative.

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Absolutely terrible finale. These shows last because of the relationships, not because anyone actually cares if the railroad is finished, the blue meth is made, or zombies are killed. It's the character development and CONTINUATION of the key characters. Killing off one of the few likeable/sympathetic characters shows how poor the writing is and how weak the overall plot is. The first season was just passing good, but this ends it for me and it seems like it ends it for many others. At least there is the Walking Dead and the other half of Breaking Bad left. When that's all done, so too will AMC be.

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there is no hell on wheels without Lily

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All these years I've been SICK that Gus McCrea was killed off in Lonesome Dove!!! After Return to Lonesome Dove and Comanche Moon (their early days), it was evident - it would NEVER be the same without Gus-- give it up. Well now it's happened AGAIN!!!!! Our new favorite Western, Hell on Wheels,(we've watched it over and over and over and over)has(apparently)lost one of the main characters. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! But by the time Bohannon carried her to the church she'd probably be brain dead and un-revivable. However, everyone thought Mr. Toole was more han dead when Elam shot him in the woods- and he came back. So we'd love to see their story continue. But it's not going to stop us from watching the show if she's gone. Cullen? that would be different. He's the main character and the story is not really about the railroad-- it's about Cullen's life and whatever it takes. The railroad is simply the means to tell his story. Still, it's not right to end the story until the railroads meet. I'm pretty sure the Swede is dead too and he was sooo great. With Lily, the Swede and Mr. Toole gone the story would definately take a turn, but there IS hope. Please, please, please, please, please-- let's have a 3rd season!

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We need to see more of the Cullen and Lily. Chemistry and romance




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