Well, Bohannon is in for a lot more than he probably ever imagined. Durant just kept things rolling and didn't have much, if any, morality about it. Cullen seemed willing to push things -- the strike episode last season is one example -- but he didn't really understand, I don't think, just what was involved.
Maybe the best line of the night was the very unpleasant major's one about opening the way to the "greatest nation," which made Cullen see what that really will cost. Except, his moral side is plaguing him. Not stopping him -- he called for more soldiers -- but still plaguing him. This will probably take a real personal toll, doing what it takes to keep building yet still trying to keep his moral center (taking the heads back to the burial ground was a nice touch). Interesting that he keeps going to Ruth as his conscience, but this man just keeps getting torn down. The railroad may end up being far worse than losing either of his loves. ... I could see it killing him by the end.
Sigh. I'm kind of sorry to see the Swede. Hmm. Mr. Anderson... after Andersonville? Of course he was going to show up again, but who knows what he's up to. Maybe exacting his revenge on Bohannon has cleared his mind in some way, but I expect he'll stir trouble one way or another. He's putting on quite a performance already... if the Swede is anything, he's a survivor.
Declan Toole is an interesting development. I thought Mr. Toole (Gregory) said that his brother wouldn't accept Eva if the baby turned out to be Elam's -- but this guy seems like he's very straight-and-narrow, following duty above all else. I wonder if that will change if the baby does turn out to be Elam's. Seems like that would be the story arc.
Hard to say this early, but the story feels deeper this season. A good thing, but also harder to watch in terms of harshness. The description of the exceptionally brutal life of a prostitute was no doubt realistic, but wow.
Edited by ShortTimer, Aug 18, 2013 @ 12:52 AM.