Salem Season 1 Premiere: The Vow Recap and The Stone Child Preview [WATCH VIDEO]
“Salem” Season 1 Episode 2 “The Stone Child” is set to air on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10 p.m. on WGN America. Read on to find out more about “Salem” Season 1 Episode 2 “The Stone Child” and “Salem” Season 1 Premiere Episode 1 “The Vow” recap.
“Salem” is set Massachusetts in the 17th century. It explores the dark truth behind one of the infamous events in the history of America. The show itself has been a milestone for the re-vamped WGN America (previously WGN). Not only because of depicting the real events that happened in the Salem Witch Trials, but also the show is the first-ever original scripted series. Previously, the network has been known for showing only movies and the rewinds of several well-loved TV series.
On April 20, 2014, “Salem” was also scheduled for the May Sweeps alongside the returns of “Orphan Black” Season 2 and “Devious Maids” Season 2.
According to TV Line, “Salem” Season 1 Episode 1 “The Vow” (air date: April 20, 2014) starts off with the budding romance between John Alden (Shane West of “Nikita”) and Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery of “Downton Abbey”) before Alden left to serve as a hero during the war. Their relationship had left Mary pregnant out of wedlock.
A decade had passed and John came back. He learned that the town of Salem, where he grew up is not the same anymore. Then, he discovered that Mary has been married to George Sibley (Michael Mulheren), his nemesis and one of the most wealthiest figures in Salem. George also follows the Puritan way and shuns away those who were against it.
On the other hand, Mary didn’t know that John was still alive. She had sacrificed their “supposed” baby for supernatural purposes rather than being branded for life. She, then, married George. Now, she had used George’s standing in their society to lure Puritans to fight against their own believers. Aside from that, she uses her supernatural powers to fight those who threaten her position as the most powerful in town.
Meanwhile, John will meet his childhood friend-enemy Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel of “Fringe”) who now leads the witch hunt. Though he strongly preaches the Bible, Cotton is also known for sleeping around in a brothel by night. Mary’s secret had almost been found out by Cotton, but Mary prevented it. She had put the possessed girl to pin it to Giles Corey, John’s confidante. In the end, Giles died due to stoning.
Other characters are Tituba (Ashley Madekwe of “Revenge”), Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant of “The Tudors”), Mercy Lewis (Elise Eberle), Magistrate Hale (Xander Berkeley of “Nikita” and “The Mentalist”), Isaac Walton (Iddo Goldberg of “NCIS”) and Gloriana (Azure Parsons of “Astronauts Wives Club”).
Click HERE for TV Line’s FULL recap on “Salem” Season 1 Premiere, which was aired on April 20, 2014.
“Salem” Season 1 Episode 1 “The Vow” is directed by Richard Shepard and written by Brannon Braga & Adam Simon.
WARNING! “Salem” Spoilers Ahead! Read only if you want to know more about the upcoming “Salem” Season 1 Episode 2 “The Stone Child.”
According to the official episode synopsis posted on TV Guide, the news about witches and supernatural powers are starting to bother the Salem’s townspeople.
John (Shane West) will start to investigate by himself about the reason behind it that got everyone beyond afraid. What will he do when he learned about Mary’s secret?
Also, Magistrate Hale’s daughter Anne is a young artist who is against the way of the Puritans. She is also attracted to John. Mary and John might still have feelings for each other. Would Anne be the answer to their dilemma?
After knowing about John’s plan to dig deeper in Salem’s darkest secrets, she is now planning her next move.
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) said that “Salem” has enchanted the audience during its Season 1 Premiere on April 20, 2014. It was said that it got a whopping 1.57 million viewers, targeting 647,000 viewers among the 18-49 years old age bracket. It was considered as a great number for the show as the network was only seen in 62% percent of U.S. homes, which is only equivalent to 72 million homes.
WGN America and Tribune Studios president and General Manager Matt Cherniss said in a statement that they are happy with the Season 1 Premiere results. He also shared that the results exceeded their expectations.
“We are thrilled with the audience turnout and reaction to Salem,” said Cherniss in a statement posted on THR.
“We look forward to seeing these numbers grow over the next few days with time-shifting.” he added.
“Salem” Season 1 Episode 2 “The Stone Child” is set to air on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10 p.m.
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