Video Q&A: Seth Gabel and Tamzin Merchant talk “SALEM” and Superstition!


For fans of SALEM’s first season, many could agree that the show was about transformation: for all the drama, gore and sex, the show ultimately followed witches and witch hunters as they transformed in their desperate pursuit of power. However, for season two, SALEM goes from transformation to transgression, as war comes to SALEM on all sides; needless to say, blood will be spilled, spells will be cast and hell will break loose. But there are few characters whose fates remain as unpredictable in the upcoming witch war as Cotton Mather and Anne Hale, and during FANGORIA’s set visit to SALEM, we were able to pry some answers from their performers, actor Seth Gabel and actress Tamzin Merchant!

In season two, Cotton and Anne look to have their allegiances tested, and their respective place in the grand scheme of SALEM is still yet unknown, even though in war, no one is safe. And of course, both characters are weighed down by the guilt of patricide, and thanks to Gabel and Merchant, there’s an especially complex emotional state to Cotton and Anne that make them among the most captivating on television. In the video below, Gabel and Merchant discuss their character shifts, potentially dying in the series and real-life superstitions from their own history…

SALEM returns on WGN America on Sunday, April 5th at 10 p.m. EST. You can currently catch up with the first season on Netflix Instant, Amazon Instant and Amazon DVD on-demand. Stay tuned here at FANGORIA.com for more interviews from the set of SALEM!

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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