Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead
Season 2 is all about war. We’ve got infighting amongst the Salem witches, the plague continues to spread, John takes up his own personal crusade against Mary Sibley and the witches and the Puritans continue to assert their power.
In the season 2 premiere we meet a few new characters.Â Lucy Lawless’ Countess Marburg is a very old and extremely powerful witch. Stuart Townsend’s Dr. Samuel WainwrightÂ is a doctor who is trying to find the origin of the plague so he can help cure it.
Mercy continues to amass followers and even more power and Mary tries to get over John Alden, who she thinks is dead, and come to know her son better.
Season 2 synopsis, from WGN America:
Salemâ€™s ruthless leading witch, Mary Sibley has just completed the elusive Grand Rite â€“ a deadly supernatural ritual that unleashed a devastating plague on the townâ€™s unsuspecting citizens. As death and disease continue to spread through the war-torn village, Mary must face off against adversaries old and new, from within Salem and beyond, who are vying for her throne in the battle for control over Salem.
Left for dead physically and emotionally, former war hero John Alden returns to Salem to take down the woman he loves, Mary, before she can destroy everything and everyone around her. Haunted by guilt, Cotton Mather is on a path of redemption, determined to right the wrongs he left behind. The protector of the abused, Mercy becomes the abuser as she seeks vengeance against the one who betrayed her â€“ Mary. With the sudden return of the son she thought she gave up years ago, Mary must also contend with emerging threats from within the ranks of her own coven, which conspired against her to secretly keep him alive â€“ including her mysterious servant Tituba whose allegiances are slippery and motives unclear. Maryâ€™s most vital task is shoring up support from Anne Hale whose newly discovered can render her either a powerful ally or a deadly foe.
Mary learns early on just how much help she needs when the aftermath of the Grand Rite prompts new visitors to descend upon Salem, each with their own agendas â€“ including Countess Marburg the last of an ancient and powerful line of German witches; her charming, cultured and extremely loyal son, Baron Sebastian Marburg; and the mysterious Dr. Samuel Wainwright, who looks to uncover the secrets of Salem and its plague while its first victim, Isaac Walton, lies helpless.
I got the chance to talk to Janet Montgomery, Shane West and EPs Adam Simon and Brannon Braga at WonderCon this year. They talk about the journeys all our main characters undertake this season, how the new characters fit in and tease some big upcoming events.
Season 2 of Salem premieres Sunday, April 5th at 10/9c on WGN America.
Season 2 Trailer:
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