With the recent announcement that WGN America is making “Salem’s” third season its last, it seems these next few episodes will not only be leading us up to the Dark Lord’s (Oliver Bell) plans for Black Sunday — they have the chance to tie up all these loose ends and finish the story on a high note.
Wednesday’s (Dec. 14) episode, titled “Wednesday’s Child,” the final steps in the Dark Lord’s plans are falling into place. And if you thought the notion of watching the former son of Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) preparing to make her his bride would get any less creepy, well it’s not.
As the Devil’s Easter is upon the good people of Salem — with just five days left of existence as they know it — Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant) proves that she would do anything for Cotton Mather’s (Seth Gabel) love… No matter how twisted.
Last week, we were introduced to a mysterious woman who entered the town searching for the father of her child. Naming Cotton as the man she seeks, the refugee never got to reunite with her former lover. Instead, Anne provided her a false sense of safe haven as she secretly concocted an herbal mixture that, when rubbed into the woman’s stomach — after an awkward (and naked) nap together — transferred the unborn child from her belly to Anne’s.
If “Salem” has taught us anything, it’s that hell hath no fury like a witch scorned.
As Tituba’s (Ashley Madekwe) lie to Cotton will ring true after all, with Anne now carrying her husband’s child, Mary Sibley has found herself in quite a pickle. While professing her undying love for John Alden (Shane West), Baron Marburg (Joe Doyle) provides her a way out of her prison. The only catch is, she not only needs to drop Alden like a bad habit, she has to bed Marburg right in front of our injured hero.
Marburg’s powers are strong enough to present their sexual escapade in front of John as if it were simply a bad dream. But it’s something that will have enough impact moving forward in his waking life that he may be driven to write her out of his life. Or, it’s quite possible that Tituba’s ploy to get John to kill The Sentinel (Samuel Roukin) will lead him back to the mansion for blood, and answers — in that order.
If anything, Episode 6 of the season really helped move the story pieces around, looking forward to what could be an epic conclusion to this crazy witchery. But who will survive these next five days in Salem? And how will the devil be defeated? Those are pretty big questions to have on our mind as we move into the final three episodes of the series.
“Salem” Season 3 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.