"Kasha Kropinski gives a tour de force performance as Reverend Ruth. 
She relaxed her back and dropped her shoulders, as she crushed the shards and religious artifice that fell from her face.
Vengeance is mine said The Lord, but Ruth will deal with the Almighty another day."

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"Directed again this week by Roxann Dawson, it was a thing of visual beauty. Ruth’s face, these past few episodes, has been a masterpiece of light and shadow.... Her grief is there in every line. Kasha Kropinski is 23 years old, and yet manages to convey such weariness and loss."
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'Hell on Wheels' star Kasha Kropinski talks Ruth's choice
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AMC’s “Hell On Wheels” episode 412 – “Thirteen Steps” last night was, perhaps, one of the best things I have ever viewed on television.
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"Kropinski has developed Ruth into the strongest character on the show. The image of her holding a smoking gun, dressed all in black, pale and terrifyingly stronger than she’s ever looked is one of the starkest and most horrifying images of resolute violence Hell on Wheels has ever created. “Bleeding Kansas” is Kropinski’s episode. It is tense and emotional. Kropinski lets Ruth slip in and out of a myriad of emotions."
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"Okay, yeah basically the whole episode was about Ruth going to be with the Lord. I said last week that I'd be mad if Hell on Wheels killed Ruth off just as she was becoming awesome, and I still am a little miffed that Kasha Kropinski had to wait this long to carry the show, but hey she did awesome and I'm sure she has a bright future. "
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“Thirteen Steps” succeeds most when it’s just Ruth and Cullen sitting in the jail cell, discussing the relationship they could have had. For Hell on Wheels, it’s an incredibly well done series of scenes, with great performances by Kasha Kropinski and Anson Mount. 
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"This is a dark episode wonderfully written by Thomas Brady and well executed by Mount and Kropinski. Hell on Wheels has been ruled by Kropinski’s powerhouse performance since the midseason finale and this is her finest hour yet. “Thirteen Steps” may just be season four’s best episode yet."
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