Witch Wars

The magic hits the fan in the Salem Witch drama

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Af­ter a first sea­son THAT saw witch Mary Sibley re­united with her long- lost child, Salem re­turns for 13 new episodes in its sec­ond year. “All of the things that make Salem, Salem are there,” co- cre­ator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Bran­non Braga tells SFX. “But we’re also ex­pand­ing the world. We’re go­ing to see other places. We’re go­ing to see other char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Lucy Law­less play­ing Countess Mar­burg, who is an an­cient Ger­manic witch. She’s sensed that Mary has com­pleted the Grand Rite and she’s com­ing to Salem to get her. She’s poses a ter­ri­ble threat to Mary.”

Also join­ing the cast is Stu­art Townsend. “He plays a char­ac­ter named Sa­muel Wain­wright,” com­ments Braga, “and he’s drawn to Salem by the ter­ri­ble plague that has been un­leashed by the Grand Rite, but he doesn’t know it’s a witch pox. He thinks it’s a regular pox, and he’s come to help. He takes a per­sonal in­ter­est in Mary Sibley, and we learn through Mary that this guy is not ev­ery­thing he seems to be, and has some very dark, strange ob­ses­sions.

Bri­tish ac­tor Joe Doyle also joins the cast as Countess Mar­burg’s son. “They have a strange, in­ces­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship. They call each other mother and son and we think they’re mother and son, but we can’t be sure,” Braga says. “He’s gonna turn out to be a very nasty char­ac­ter him­self. There are ma­ter­nal themes run­ning through this year, about moth­ers and sons.

“There was small­pox through­out Salem at this time,” adds Braga. “And that’s what gave us the idea. It’s like, ‘ Okay, this hap­pened in his­tory, but our spin is the witches are con­trol­ling it.’ There are strange su­per­nat­u­ral acts of magic that we took right from the tran­scripts of the witch tri­als. Stranger stuff than you can even imag­ine.”

Salem sea­son two starts 5 April on WGN Amer­ica.

They’d all be smil­ing if they only had a house.

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