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|“||You see, there can only be one narrative of the witch panic in Salem. And I must control that story.||”|
Anne Hale is the daughter of Magistrate Hale and Countess Von Marburg, though she believed herself to be the daughter of Mrs. Hale. She takes care of the children in the orphanage after the death of her close friend Bridget Bishop and later discovers she is a witch of the oldest order. She is also the wife of Cotton Mather and sister to Baron Sebastian Von Marburg.
"A fearless girl, Anne Hale is beautiful, talented artist with a perilous attraction to the newly arrived john Alden. A ass vision that makes the ladies envious and men fall in love; Anne is always testing boundaries — so much of that it deeply concerns the Puritans. Since she is the daughter of the powerful Magistrate Hale, people expect her to behave in a certain way. However, Anne is a rebel who doesn't like to play by the town's old rules."
"Anne struggles with her love for Cotton and her new powers. She continues to imprison Cotton using Brown Jenkins but desperately wants to trust him. The Devil Boy demands that Sebastian and Anne learn to work together to achieve his vision or he’ll take away Cotton."
Anne is the daughter of Magistrate Hale and the Countess Marburg, who sent her to Salem, Massachusetts with her father as a young child to escape the witch persecution in Europe, her father later married Mrs. Hale and as a child, she was raised never knowing the truth of her true mother. Growing up her father would take her to a hidden room in their home where she learned about music and art something that was not tolerated among the Puritans hoping that his daughter would not start out in life like them. She was also aware of her powers as she used to make her toy move telekinetically but her father made her forget until she was ready to remember.  At some time she formed a close friendship with Bridget Bishop, the local midwife.
Strong willed, somewhat stubborn, good-hearted young woman, Anne believed in what she deemed right. Although she had a strong rebellious side, Anne was very caring and empathetic, and she took care of the children in the orphanage. She always tried to do the right thing, even going against the rules of the Puritan community to defend her principles.
Anne's personality underwent a gradual and extreme change following the discovery of her powers and heritage as a Cradle Witch, undertaking a real "dark journey." Once the Dark Lord visited her, it was as if he had left a black spot in Anne's soul and she had, since then, tried to remove the stain by creating a void inside her.
Anne's actions were easily summed by “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Her naive sense of justice, fueled by a temper lead more often than not to argue with her father, Magistrate Hale over matters of politics and the role that women had within Puritan society. She was often taking for granted the benefits coming from her wealthy background when compared to other citizens, as evidenced by her little understanding of the abuses suffered by Mercy Lewis and Emily Hopkins at the hands of their respective fathers. Anne's curiosity and urge to do good manifested in both her help to the orphanage and in her artistic skills encouraged by her father since a young age.
After discovering her powers and in particular, after she paid the Devil for the gifts she inherited, Anne started a descent into darkness. Left without a proper guide and with misleading advices amidst a literal witch war, Anne relied on her own sense of justice by vowing to “harm none” before succumbing to corruptive powers—in order to secure a place in society, she cast a love spell that enslaved Reverend Cotton Mather to her will to the point of stealing Gloriana's child from her womb and subsequently wiping her memory to cover it up before lying about it to Cotton so as to make him believe that the baby is hers, not Gloriana's.
Initially, she tried to justify her actions as if they were done for a greater good or for those she loved (especially protecting Cotton), but eventually dropped the excuses and fully embraced her dark side, possibly forever losing the goodness in her heart. For example, she handled John Sibley to her birth mother, Countess Von Marburg to sacrifice him and offer his body as a vessel for the Dark Lord. After succumbing to her own darkness, Anne became seductive, ambitious, manipulative, cunning, ruthless and seemed to care only about gaining power, even at the cost of others.
Possibly her worst misdeed was opening the Hell Gate despite Mary's pleading her against it. Evidenced by this amoral act, Anne proved that she was no longer hiding behind her previous excuse of doing bad things for the sake of the greater good. Instead, she was fully embracing her evil nature and was unapologetic about it, stating that she wanted to “turn the world into a desert” like her heart. Despite her wickedness, Anne showed an unexpected sense of kindness toward both Mary Sibley and John Alden, allowing them to leave Salem for good due to her former infatuation for the captain.
Anne is a beautiful young woman with shoulder length red hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion. She has a slim physique and wears the typical Puritan black gowns. She often wears a necklace given to her by her father which protects her from witches and their spells.
During a visit carried out by Cotton Mather to search for the Mark of the Devil, Anne Hale took demonic features like blood red eyes and a forked tongue, like that of reptiles. It may be a hallmark of the born witches. She also bears the mark of a witch, a third nipple which is on her stomach used to feed her familiar.
Throughout The Salem Series
Powers and Abilities
Anne is a cradle witch, born from a witch bloodline, though she was unaware of her heritage until the events of Cat And Mouse. As stated by Tituba, Anne's bloodline is one of the oldest and highest among the witches. Her true mother is also the legendary ancient witch currently known as Countess Ingrid von Marburg, one of the last survivors of the true witches, making Anne a product of massive power. This is further proven when she demonstrates unusual physical attributes, such as blood-red eyes and a forked snake tongue in moments of fear or pleasure.
While Anne's abilities remained suppressed for most of her life due to her father's memory spell, once activated, her abilities proved devastating and far greater than those of any other witch in the Essex Hive, including the leader of the Grand Rite and very powerful witch - Mary Sibley. The extent of her power is great enough that Tituba, a skilled and knowledgeable witch urged Mary to eliminate Anne, considering her a threat and claiming that her power would grow faster than even Mary's did. These suspicions came true eventually, when Anne's devastating power surfaced, though she quickly gained control over it, growing into a powerful witch in a short amount of time.
Anne's first notable magical feat was the murder of both her parents, after her father finally convinced her into believing in her witchcraft. In anger, her magic finally activated, causing her mother's head to combust and slamming her father into a wall, demonstrating a great strength in telekinesis. She would later on quickly learn how to control her telekinetic abilities, possibly from her father's Book of Shadows, as she was seen floating several objects simultaneously and sending a full grown man flying into the air. She also quickly learned how to use her telekinesis to achieve the effect of Puppetry with fluent movements, further demonstrating her talent and great magical heritage.
Her most impressive abilities include her biokinetic skills, which she learned to control towards the completion of the Grand Rite. She was first seen using these abilities when she attempted to kill herself, only for her blood to be drawn back into the sliced wrist, which healed itself. According to Mary Sibley, this act was fueled solely by Anne's actual desire to survive. She, later on, learned how to control, create and destroy life by practicing on a flower seed while following her father's instructions. It was also seen that her emotions had a colossal effect on the surrounding environment, as she managed to invoke rain several times simply by crying. This level of weather control was only previously done by the Countess, an ancient and powerful witch, thus it is possible that only cradle witches have such an effect on the weather. It is implied by Mary that after being raped by the Devil as a way of signing the deal, Anne is even more powerful.Upon inscribing her book of shadows, she was immediately gifted with a familiar demon, in the shape of a rat that grew exponentially throughout the series, possibly reflecting Anne's own growth in witchcraft and character. She would eventually learn to use her familiar in the same manner as Mary Sibley, in order to gain control over an individual, in Anne's case, with her own husband Cotton Mather. Anne is also capable of mild teleportation, which she can achieve by triggering it only with a mask that belonged to her father. It is unknown if she is capable of teleportation without the mask. She also demonstrated an aptitude for spells, casting a complex water charm on her first attempt. She later casts an effective love spell on Cotton, binding his will to hers and allowing her to manipulate him into marrying her.
During Season 3, Anne's powers developed exponentially, allowing her to perform high-level feats of witchcraft through simple actions and gestures. She was fully capable of controlling any person under the possession of her familiar, allowing her to place limits on her victim in terms of what they are able to do, as seen with Cotton. By this point, her mastery of skills she could previously not control, such as the movement of objects was perfected as seen when she easily subdued John Alden after he came looking for Cotton. Her use of this ability also allowed her to place her victims into a physical paralysis of sorts, which is an advanced form of puppetry, as seen when she paralyzed Glorianna with a simple wave of her hand. Following Cotton's escape from Salem after exorcising Anne's familiar, she magically located him by sending various astral projections to the forest where she surrounded him, with each of her projections trying to manipulate him by acting on different emotions. During this ritual, she simply entered a trance and did not seem paralyzed or completely unaware as many witches usually are while performing astral projection.
Soon after finding Gloriana, Anne performed her first truly dark spell and through the use of an old elaborate ritual, she stole Gloriana's unborn child from her womb. Following this, Anne's Specter, a charred, blackened hag appeared, reflecting the corruption of Anne's own soul due to the dark forces of witchcraft. Another significant spell that Anne performed easily was her memory stripping spell when she completely deleted all traces of Glorianna's past life and memory from the latter's mind, simply by ripping it out through the eye socket of the victim, without any ritualistic requirements. During this process, Gloriana herself saw Anne in the form of her specter.
Following her use of magic against Gloriana, Anne's personality darkened even more, as she no longer tried to justify her actions and was at this point truly corrupted by witchcraft. Following Cotton's discovery of Gloriana's presence in Salem as well as his realization of what Anne did to her, he attacked her, only for Anne to very nearly killing him by rendering him completely powerless under her abilities.
Anne's powers however truly flowered in the series finale, when she no longer justified any of her actions and instead completely subdued herself to her master - the Devil. She demonstrated an advanced form of bilocation - possibly the strongest demonstration of any form of astral projection in the show - when she entered a trance at the Sibley House while sending realistic projections of herself all over Salem, all done through a simple blood sacrifice. She easily killed both Hathorne and Mercy, with the latter being a powerful Essex witch by telekinetically choking both of them to death. During her conversation with Isaac, she was able to stop the movements of dozens of people of Knocker's Hole as if though the entire place was frozen in time, all while in an astral projection. She was also able to subdue Tituba, a formidable witch and seer, though it remains unclear if Tituba's fate was a vision or a realistic situation caused by Anne.Following her elimination of all known Essex witches in Salem, Anne slaughtered her own mother after killing the Devil, only to promise to bring him back herself, revealing her true ambitions: to become the Dark Lord's bride herself. As such, Anne is the most powerful witch in Salem, possibly equaling her own mother, one of the first witches, in terms of raw magical power.
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|“||You're just like them! Happy to discuss and debate, but too afraid to take any real action. Why are you even in Salem? Where's that fire I saw in your eyes the night they killed your friend?||”|
— Anne to John in The Stone Child
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|“||I know what you're doing, and I hate you for it.||”|
— Anne to her Father in In Vain
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|“||Your only failure is not becoming your father. And that is no failure.||”|
— Anne to Cotton in Cat And Mouse
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|“||I already killed one mother. Who's to say I won't kill another one?||”|
— Anne to her mother
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|The Stone Child||Appears|
|The Red Rose and the Briar||Appears|
|Our Own Private America||Appears|
|Children Be Afraid||Appears|
|The House of Pain||Appears|
|Cat And Mouse||Absent|
|All Fall Down||Appears|
|Book of Shadows||Appears|
|The Wine Dark Sea||Appears|
|Ill Met by Moonlight||Appears|
|The Beckoning Fair One||Appears|
|Wages of Sin||Appears|
|Til Death Do Us Part||Appears|
|On Earth as in Hell||Appears|
|Midnight Never Come||Appears|
|The Witching Hour||Appears|
|After the Fall||Appears|
|The Heart Is A Devil||Appears|
|Night's Black Agents||Appears|
|The Commonwealth of Hell||Appears|
|The Man Who Was Thursday||Appears|
- Anne: "Living in Salem and not believing in witches is like living in London and not believing in fog."
- — Cat And Mouse
- Anne: "Just because I may bear certain unasked for traits. Doesn't make me a witch! Any more than owing a knife makes one a butcher."
- — Cry Havoc
- Anne: "They say that the most treacherous wolves may appear in a Lamb's cloak."
- — The Wine Dark Sea
- Anne: "I will tell you a secret, little Brown Jenkins. I do not think I like being a witch."
- — The Wine Dark Sea
- Anne (to Mary Sibley): "Do not give in to despair. That is what you would tell me. We are not Puritans. Not anymore. We do not believe in this idiotic predestination. We make our own destiny."
- — Midnight Never Come
- Anne: "A kind woman once told me the problem with knowing things is that you can never unknow them."
- — The Witching Hour
- Anne (to John Alden): "Did I choose to slaughter innocents? Choose to start a plague? Raise the Devil himself? No. Mary Sibley chose to do those things. Me? I had no choice. Didn't even realize I was born a witch, but Mary Sibley chose to become a witch. Why? Because you chose to leave Salem and left her no other course. So perhaps this is all your fault."
- — After the Fall
- Anne Hale (to Tituba): "You see, there can only be one narrative of the witch panic in Salem. And I must control that story."
- — in Black Sunday
- Anne Hale (to Tituba): "That's the thing about being a Seer, is you can't change what you see. It's tragic, really. Because you are right. The world to come will be founded on the blood, sweat, and bones of people like you."
- — Black Sunday
- The Dark Lord (after Anne stabbed him): "Why after all you've done to secure my victory? "
- Anne Hale: "Power. I've discovered mine. But don't worry. I'll bring you back. But I will be your immortal bride, not Mary. I already carry the child you will make your new home. And mine was an immaculate conception, as it should be."
- The Dark Lord: "Yes. I can taste your destiny. How did I not see it? You are indeed the one. You will bring me back. And who knows, maybe this time, with you, I shall have a happy childhood."
- — Black Sunday
- Anne Hale (to Salem congregation): "You all know me. As you knew my father and know my husband. And I know what they would say if they were here. These terrible pains we feel are but the birth pangs of our brave new world. I shall know something about birth pangs myself before too long. And I shall endure them. By knowing that every contraction of agony bring me one step closer to seeing my Hope appear before my eyes. Just as each of our terrible trials brings us one step closer to our new Salem. And I tell you now with total certainty we will not only survive all, we will prosper and grow until Salem is the richest city in this nation, with an influence that spans the globe. But I am not just here to remind us of the glories to come. But to warn you all of what I now know to be the awful truth. We have been ruled by witches all along. And not, as we thought, from the outside, but in the very worst way from within. Witches ruled Salem from the very top. Names like Sibley and Marburg turned out to be masks for the most notorious witches. Witches who very nearly succeeded in turning Salem into Hell on earth and handing our entire new country over to the Devil himself. But I promise you, I promise you now, we will do whatever is necessary to cleanse our town of every last of Satan's whores and make sure that Salem is never again ruled by witches."
- — Black Sunday
- Anne is a feminine given name of Hebrew, French and English origin. It means favored or grace.
- Hale is a given surname. The possible origins of this name are either from the Old English language meaning nook, hollow or recess or from the Old Saxon language meaning hero with later connotations of strong, courageous, healthy, robust, etc.
- It seems that she does not have a counterpart in real life historical Salem Witch Trials.
- She is the second cradle witch introduced in the show. The first being John Hale, her father.
- As told by herself in the episode "Book of Shadows," she suffers from claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) since she was a child. Nevertheless, Mary Sibley forced her to descend into a well.
- At San Diego Comic Con 2016, Brannon Braga has called Anne the living example of the phrase "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions", which is often referenced in Christian communities to this very day. Her beginnings as a sweet girl who wanted to do good and her downward spiral into dark magic and corruption perfectly illustrate this.
- Tamzin Merchant is one of the few main cast member who never attended the San Diego Comic-Con to promote Salem.
- The character's description on the Official Instagram for the promotion of the third season reads as follows: "Anne Hale: the pure witch tainted by dark powers."
- Though Mary Sibley was the official Samhain of the Essex Hive, her death, and consequent "Reckoning" after her resurrection left vacancy within the coven. Being the last witch left in Salem, Anne Hale is the de facto Samhain of Salem. Furthermore, Anne Hale rightly earned the title by killing Mercy Lewis, the one who actually killed Rose Browning.
- Anne Hale Official Description - Season 1 - WGN America
- Anne Hale Official Description - Season 3 - WGN America
- Adam Simon & Joe Menosky (writer) & David Von Ancken (director). June 22, 2014. "The House of Pain". Salem. Season 1. Episode 10. WGN.