Well, just because you cannot see the world that lies beyond the horizon does not mean it's invisible. Eventually, we will see it.
— Dr. Wainwright to Cotton

"Dead Birds" is the eighth episode of the second season of Salem, and the twenty-first episode of the series overall. It premiered on May 24th, 2015 on WGN America.


When a plan of Mary’s threatens to backfire on her, she strikes a tenuous deal in order to achieve her greater goal. While she learns a bit of the history which surrounds her newest and most dangerous foe, the key to defeating the Countess still remains hidden. Both Anne and Cotton receive unexpected late-night visitors, each of which results in very different conclusions. As Mary tries to bond with her son, she and Tituba discover that the seemingly scared and vulnerable little boy is harboring unsettling thoughts and predilections... and perhaps even darker secrets. Meanwhile, with the help of her familiar, Anne Hale begins to discover some of her father’s hidden – and unsettling – secrets; Tituba tries to strike a deal with the captured John Alden; Dr. Wainwright discovers that, perhaps, science alone does not hold all the answers he seeks; and Mary makes a much-needed - and unexpected - ally.

Episode Overview



Main Cast

Recurring Cast:

Guest Cast


To be Added




Increase Mather: "I can tell you how to destroy her.....For a price."
Mary Sibley: "Name it.""
Increase Mather: "I must speak with my son Cotton."
Cotton Mather: "This is what they have planned for us."
Dr. Wainwright:"Who?"
Cotton Mather: "The witches"
Tituba (to John Alden): "There is so much we can do for each other..."
Samuel Wainwright: "There is great evil at work here."
Little John (to Mary Sibley): "They just come to me."



Behind the Scenes

Cultural References

  • Dead Birds may refer to the mystic belief in the Western Magical Tradition where dead birds were believed to be omens or used by magical practitioner's who would eviscerate a bird to read it entails to perceive future events.

International Titles

  • French: Les Oiseaux morts (The Dead Birds)
  • German: Tote Vögel (Dead birds)
  • Italian: Caduti dal Cielo (Fallen from the Sky)

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