Originally Posted by archiguy
Elam is in charge of security (and keeping the freedmen in line). Bohannan is the railroad foreman.
I think the point of the post you replied to is that he doesn't seem to even be doing that if you take into account the last couple of episodes. Durant left him back at camp when he went to go get Bohannan, he hasn't been sent out to fend off the Indian attacks and he got his butt kicked by guys who have zero respect for his authority that will now have guns provided by the railroad. Even after he cheated with Eva and got her pregnant, Toole didn't even have enough respect for him to even try to beat him up, much less kill him like Elam feared.
He appears so castrated now, it's surprising he could get anyone pregnant.
Elam these last couple of episodes is starting to feel like Ben Linus in the last season of Lost. Any day now, I expect him to go from cool Mr. Ecko to getting killed by being thrown into a tree.
Even The Swede is a bit disappointing right now, considering how badass he started out. However, he still at least seems to be plotting something.
On the other hand, Lilly seems to be coming into her own and is getting more control over Durant. She might be running the railroad by the time it's finished.