Salem season 2 premiere review

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*contains no spoilers that you don’t already know from the trailers*

With the anticipation of Salem‘s second season premiere this weekend, Nerd Reactor got a sneak peek into the first episode of the season and it’s to die for. Yes, there will be some deaths, nudity, John Alden (Shane West) on some weird peyote, a sexy doctor, and something freaky that happens to the male anatomy. Yes, all that in ONE episode… and it’s SO good.

The first episode is set some time after the Malum has been released. A plague has been set upon the town of Salem and is only affecting those without witch blood in them. It has caused the deaths of many and has left countless others deformed. Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) was successful in causing this and is now enjoying the perks of completing the Grand Rite; spending time with the son she had thought she lost. Unfortunately, he must be returned to the elder witches after a certain time at night. In order to get her son back, Mary must control newly discovered witch Anne Hale (Tazmin Merchant) and psychopathic Mercy Lewis (Elise Eberle). Anne is slow to accept herself as a witch, but Mary assures her that she will help her. Mercy is just plain crazy and recruits more lost people into her witch brethren. Oh, and there is going to be a showdown between Mary and Mercy.

In the meantime, we see what happened to John after his beloved Mary betrayed him and his life among the Native Americans, and he’s set for revenge. Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel) is in Boston and dealing with the ramifications of killing his father. Let’s just say he’s not doing so well, and isn’t getting along with his colleagues there either. We are introduced to Dr. Samuel Wainwright (Stuart Townsead), who came from England and wants to save Salem from this plague. Another newcomer is Countess Marburg (Lucy Lawless), a German witch who attempted the Grand Rite but was stopped by Increase Mather (Stephen Lang) who wants to find out the witch that completed it. Sounds like she wants to challenge our Mary Sibley?

There is so much that happens during this first episode, it will leave you speechless. Just when I thought the series couldn’t get any darker compared to last season, I was wrong. The writers really stepped up their game in terms of how grim and disturbing the characters and situations could be. That is what makes it such a great show. Salem took their writing and acting to a whole other level in terms of gore, horror, and shock value – and it’s excellent. I am a fan of those things and it definitely beat last year’s death scenes – and I’ve only seen one episode for this season so far.

If you loved Salem last season or are just a fan of the horror drama genre, you cannot miss this season premiere. It’s definitely an eye opener.

Salem‘s second season premieres this Sunday, April 5th on WGN America.

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