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|“||I'm at death's door, and I'm knocking, without wanting to.||”|
Isaac Walton makes a living as a village handyman after being outcast as a fornicator, bearing the mark on his forehead. When Captain Alden returns to Salem, Isaac opens his eyes to the real threat of the witches fought in vain by Reverend Mather. Later, Isaac proclaims himself a night-watcher of Knocker's Hole, vowing revenge on Mercy Lewis and the other witches.
"The town of Salem made an example of Isaac Walton for his indiscretions as a teenager, and he has to live with that reputation every day of his life as "Isaac the Fornicator". A lower class driver, Isaac is responsible for ridding the town of all waste. Handling Salem's dirty work has piqued Isaac's interest in the town’s witch hunts and he learns quickly that certain things cannot be unseen."
"Isaac takes it upon himself to attempt to clean up Knockers Hole and take revenge against Mercy. He’s the voice of reason and uses his power and control over the people for good."
As a young man, Isaac was discovered kissing Abigail Cook. For this, as well as for the crimes of seeing Abigail naked and "self-pollution", he was sentenced by George Sibley to a day and night in the stocks, flogging, and to be branded with an "F" on the forehead. After this, his mother disowned him, forcing him to leave the family home and sold him into servitude. In an unspecified period, probably after the arrival of Cotton Mather, he was given the task of bringing the corpses of the executed to a mass grave in the woods. While doing so he discovers something strange in the woods and shares it with John Alden, prompting the latter to suspend his disbelief in witches and stay in Salem.
Despite being branded as a fornicator and outcasted by the Puritans, including his own family, Isaac has retained his good and kind disposition. He is a trusted and devoted friend who would do anything for his childhood friend, Mary Sibley without question her intentions. Isaac is also a faithful lover, who cherishes the memory of Abigail, his first love banished from town for their premarital affair. Isaac has also sworn to avenge the death of his beloved Dollie, and has taken the orphaned Dorcas under his wing. Increase Mather describes Isaac with a childlike mind and behaviors that mimic those of the people he's in contact.
Isaac Walton is a handsome, gaunt-faced and pale-skinned man with dark hair that he wears long at the front to cover the scar burnt into his skin by Mary Sibley's husband seven years ago: an "F", marking him as a fornicator. He is often seen self-consciously rearranging his hair to ensure the scar is covered, even though all the townspeople know about it and continue to look down on him regardless.
Throughout The Salem series
Main Article: Isaac and Mary
|“||I promise you, though a grim future awaits the people of Salem, I will protect you from any further pain. I swear to you.||”|
— Mary to Isaac in Cat and Mouse
Main Article: John and Isaac
|“||You're too late. I thought you were gonna save us, but maybe we just don't deserve saving.||”|
— Isaac to Alden in Our Own Private America
Main Article: Isaac and Cotton
|“||Half of Salem takes you for a fool, the rest dismiss you as a pervert. Am I mad to think I saw something in you? Something of a man. Just the sort Salem needs to fight the Devil.||”|
— Mather to Isaac in In Vain
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- Isaac: "Isaac the fornicator. Hide your wives, hide your daughters, hell, hide your sheep!"
- — In Vain
- Isaac (to John Alden): "You're too late. I thought you were gonna save us, but maybe we just don't deserve savin'."
- — Our Own Private America
- Isaac: "Oh this ain't right. This ain't right. Any fool can feel that, even this fool."
- — All Fall Down
- Mr. Hathorne: "What is there to say about our founder, George Sibley?"
- Isaac: "How about that George Sibley was a son of a bitch?"
- Isaac: "Do?! What did George Sibley do? Besides sear the flesh of my face for the unforgivable crime of love? Well, for one thing, he sent John Alden off to die just so he could steal his girl."
- Isaac: "Hypocrite! Hypocrite. You're all fornicators. Screwing each other every day of the week, including the Sabbath! I swear if Jesus Christ walked the streets of Salem, he wouldn't find a man worth saving."
- Isaac: "Go on, then! Hang me! Hang me! Done died on those stocks years ago."
- Isaac: "You all, so busy looking for where the evil came from. You brought it with you. Still, you look all'round for who could have done it. Must be the Indians, or the French Or the witches Or even my Dollie. Blame it on my Dollie. She had angel eyes. Couldn't see my scars Just my soul And loved it. Angel's eyes. Risked her life to save mine. Angel's eyes. And I'll remember them until my dying day. I promise you. But who will remember the lot of you when you're ashes? They say God sees every sparrow that falls. But he don't see you. Not no more! He forgot all about you. Salem is the dust he shook from his feet when he turned around and walked away, and he ain't never coming back!"
- — On Earth as in Hell
- Isaac: From the Hebrew name יִצְחָק (Yitzchaq) which meant "he laughs". Isaac in the Old Testament is the son of Abraham. As an English Christian name, Isaac was occasionally used during the Middle Ages, though it was more common among Jews. It became more widespread after the Protestant Reformation.
- Walton: From any of several villages in England, from Old English wald "wood", wall "wall", or wælla "stream, spring" and ton "town".
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|The Red Rose and the Briar||Credit Only|
|Our Own Private America||Appears|
|Children Be Afraid||Appears|
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|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||Credit Only|
|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|
- Isaac is a fictional character invented for the show, unlike other based on the real Salem Witch Trials.
- Although he's one of the main characters, Isaac Walton appears in only nine out of thirteen episodes during the first season. He appears in twelve of the thirteen episodes of the second season, but often for very short scenes.
- Isaac Walton was supposed to die in the earlier episodes of the first season. The brilliant interpretation of Iddo Goldberg has prolonged life and storyline of the character.
- "Isaac Walton: the voice of reason" is the description released on the official Instagram account with the photoshoot for the third season.
- In "Black Sunday", Isaac was dragged away by an angry crowd after Anne expressed her disappointment about Isaac's uselessness to her agenda. Moreover, he wasn't with Dorcas at the meetinghouse during Anne Hale's speech, supporting the theory of Isaac's death.
- Brannon Braga & Adam Simon (writer) & Richard Shepard (director). April 20, 2014. "The Vow". Salem. Season 1. Episode 1. WGN.
- Elizabeth Sarnoff, Tricia Small (writer) & Alex Zakrzewski (director). May 4, 2014, 2014. "In Vain". Salem. Season 1. Episode 3. WGN.
- Jon Harmon Feldman (writer) & Alex Zakrzewski (director). June 8, 2014. "Departures". Salem. Season 1. Episode 8. WGN.
- Elizabeth Sarnoff & Tricia Small (writer) & David Grossman (director). June 15, 2014. "Children, Be Afraid". Salem. Season 1. Episode 9. WGN.
- Brannon Braga & Adam Simon (writer) & Bill Johnson (director). July 6, 2014. "Ashes, Ashes". Salem. Season 1. Episode 12. WGN.
- Brannon Braga & Adam Simon (writer) & David Von Ancken (director). July 13, 2014. "All Fall Down". Salem. Season 1. Episode 13. WGN.