Christopher Heyerdahl makes his first appearance as the Swede in Hell on Wheels 1×02, “Immoral Mathematics,” which airs tonight at 10 pm on AMC. He’s been getting great reviews for the show (see here), so see the episode if you get a chance. Here is another one, from The Boston Globe: Indeed, once a character known as the Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) shows up in episode 2, with his silent-picture expressiveness and the kind of threatening presence usually found in Coen Brothers movies, I was fully invested in the show and looking forward to seeing the rest of the 10-episode season. The Swede is just the kind of twisted psycho creep you want to watch closely, the showiest bad guy in the “Hell on Wheels’’ stampede of antiheroes led by financier, swindler, and railroad builder Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney).
Set in the 1860s at the beginning of reconstruction, the series follows Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier, who is determined to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who murdered his wife.
His quest for vengeanace sends him westward to Nebraska’s “Hell on Wheels,” the lawless towns that move with the construction of the transcontinental railroad. However, things get complicated when a Cheyenne tribe attacks the construction of the railroad, determined to destroy the project because it is being built through their lands.
We’ve got two versions of Hell on Wheels here: there’s the version that’s interesting and cool and the version that wants to be cool and isn’t. “Immoral Mathematics” is caught in between.