Salem is an American television series loosely-based on the historic Salem Witch Trials in the 17th century. The show was created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon. Salem season 2 finale, titled ‘The Witching Hour’ will be aired on June 28, 2015.
The series, starring Janet Montgomery playing the role as Mary Sibley, wife of George Sibley and a witch. She has a double life of love which threatens her position of power in Salem. She once carried John Alden’s baby and she still in love whit him.
Also, Shane West as Captain John Alden, a war veteran and Mary Sibley’s former lover. He returned home as the voice of reason and defender of innocent victims in the middle of Salem’s witch panic.
Then, what happened in Salem in the 17th century?
The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts from February 1692 to May 1693. The most scandalous trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town. The trials resulted in the executions of twenty people, most of them women. Four other accused and an infant child died in prison.
The episode is a notorious cases of mass hysteria, and religious extremism, false accusations and lapses in due process. It was not unique, but simply an American example of the much broader phenomenon of witch trials in the Early Modern period.
How about Europe? Another TV show, Outlander Starz, reflected this phenomenon in Scotland.
In the episode titled “By the Pricking of My Thumbs”, aired on April 11, 2015, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Geillis Ducan (Lotte Verbeek) were accused of wizardry and they were judged.
Across the 17th and 18th centuries, about 3500 suspected witches were strangled, hanged, drowned or burned at the stake in Scotland. Why?
This mass hysteria started in times of King James VI, who believed that he and his future bride had been cursed by a coven of witches led by Geillis Ducan. The only sin of this poor woman was to have a gift for helping sick people. What do you expect from Salem finale? Do you believe in witches and sorceresses? Tell us your opinion now!