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Salem timeline lists the major events that occurred over the three seasons.


  • The First season took place over a span of 6 months. Mary began the Grand Rite on Walpurgis Night (April 30th), ending the first stage of it on the Hunter Moon night, in October.
  • The Second season's events all took place in only one month, starting three days after the conclusion of the previous season, precisely on October 17th, 1692.
  • The Third season picked up directly afterwards. Given that Wednesday's Child marked the Holy Week's countdown for the Holy Easter, it is right to assume that the events take place in March 1693.

Primeval Time

  • Abrahamic God created the angels and then, with their help, he created the Universe and its creatures. [1]
  • Adam and Eve were the first human being created by God, and placed in the Garden of Eden, until Eve was seduced by the Serpent, thus becoming the first witch.[2] [3]
  • In an indefinite time a host of angels led by Samael attacked the heavenly citadel to dethrone the tyrannical God the Father. [4] [5]
  • According to The Sentinel, angel slew angel as the rebels fought their way up Mount Zaphon. [5]
  • The rebellion of the angels was quelled, and those who dared to challenge the Almighty were imprisoned in the newly created Hell. [4] [5]
  • Countess Von Marburg, most likely during her first human incarnation, was already alive at the time of the fall of Lucifer, and she was one of the first to call him Lord. [6]

Biblical Time

  • The sins of humankind were washed away with the Great Flood. [7]
  • The Sentinel and other angels were sent to slaughter the Canaanites. [1]
  • The angels perpetrated the wrath of God in Sodom and Gomorrah. [1]
  • Samael, the Angel of Death, killed all the firstborn of Egypt. [1]
  • God became incarnate in Jesus Christ, having two "Mary" by his side. [5]
  • Countess Von Marburg, in one of her previous incarnations, was present at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, having the opportunity to witness the desperation of the Virgin Mary for her son's death. [8]
  • At one point in history, the mortal remains of the first body of the Countess were enshrined in a sarcophagus together with a spark of life, the source of her everlasting existence. [9]

Ancient and Classical Time

  • In one of her previous lives, the Countess was drowned to death. [6]
  • The Countess was worshipped as Hecate, an Anatolian goddess venerated also in Greece. Later on, she was also known as Medea, another mythological character associated with Hecate. [10]
  • During the Roman Empire, one of the previous incarnations of the Countess was captured, tortured and killed by the application of an iron mask lined with sharp nails. [6]
  • Different cults and religions were widespread throughout the world, with a predominance of polytheism. Essex Hive, for example, comes from a tribe who worshipped the Earth. [11]

Early Modern period

  • When Christendom extended its dominion in the Old World, other religions deemed "pagan" were suppressed by force. [9]
    • The Crusades against the "infidels" and the Inquisition against the "heretics" were a clear example of the violent crackdown on a large scale to the detriment of non-Christians. [12]
  • 1442: Birth of Sebastian Von Marburg. [13]
  • Countess Von Marburg is known as "Bathory". [10] [14]
  • Unknown: Magyars, Roma, and Scythian hives are wiped out by the Countess. [15] [16]
  • ca. 1630: thirty years before the Salem events, Increase Mather stifled Countess's previous incarnation in Germany, where she was worshipped as a Pagan Siren by a tribe of German witches. [6]
  • The brutal witch hunt in Europe forced Essex Hive to flee to the Americas.
  • John Hale arrived in America after his parents were burned at the stake, but only after he magically stabbed to death the executor of the sentence.
  • John Hale bought Tituba from a slave-ship. Later, she was sold to the Walcotts. [17]

1685 - 1692

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introducing the setting of the show

Main article: 1685
  • On September 21st, 1685, Isaac Walton and Abigail Cook are pilloried for the crime of fornication. Isaac Walton is branded as fornicator for the crime by George Sibley, with the aggravation of self-pollution. [18]
  • The insubordination of John Alden, and his inability to submit to narrow puritanical standards, led him to enlist in the militia against the French troops and the Indians who are battling with the British settlers. [18]
  • Before leaving for the war, John Alden promised to his beloved Mary that he will soon return to her and gave her half of silver coin. Mary is unknowingly pregnant. [18]
  • Left alone and without support, Mary aborted her unborn child in the thick of the forest assisted by the faithful Tituba, marking her initiation into witchcraft. [18]
  • During the war, John Alden became familiar with an Indian tribe that saved him from certain death. He became their ally and fought against the French and even against his own countrymen, whom he considered violent raiders. [19]
  • Salem witches, led by Rose Browning, orchestrated the death of Mrs Sibley in order to marry Mary with George Sibley in a second marriage, ensuring the women a social position of prestige. [19]


Main article: 1692

Season One

Salem101- seven years later

John returning 7 years later

  • Cotton Mather came to Salem to deal with the alleged possession of Mercy Lewis. [18] [20]
  • John Alden returned to Salem seven years after his enlistment in the militia. [18]
  • The witch hunt has begun, and the Salem Witch Trials were secretly orchestrated by witches led by Mary Sibley in order to slaughter the Puritans. [18]
  • Mary Sibley began the Grand Rite during a Sabbath celebrated on Walpurgis Night.[18]
  • Giles Corey was crushed to death with the torture known as "Peine forte et dure", accused of witchcraft by Mercy Lewis on behalf of Mary Sibley. [18]
  • Bridget Bishop was hanged for witchcraft in the public square, with the accusation of having bewitched an unborn child. [21]
  • The Malum is brought to Salem by William Hooke, but is intercepted by John Alden before it can end up in the hands of Rose Browning. [24]
  • Mercy Lewis began her apprenticeship as a witch under the guidance of Mary Sibley, with the disappointment of Tituba. Mercy Lewis meets the Dark Man in the woods. [19]
  • Saturn planetary alignment appears in the vaulted sky. [19]
  • Rose Browning is captured by John Alden and Cotton Mather to be tortured and interrogated about the Grand Rite. Later, she was beheaded by Mercy Lewis in the woods. [19]
  • Increase Mather arrived in town in time to condemn to burn at the stake the Barker family. [25]
  • Mab is subjected to dunking chair after being accused of witchcraft. Gloriana Embry is accused in turn. Found guilty of immorality, she was banished from the town. [26]
  • Mercy Lewis accused Tituba of having nursed a familiar. [27]
  • Tituba is brutally tortured by Increase Mather in his "House of Pain", formerly known as "The Divining Rod", a brothel led by Mab. Tituba revealed part of her past to Increase. [28]
  • Increase Mather accused John Alden of witchcraft, jumpstarting the trial involving even the young girls seduced by Mercy Lewis and induced to practice witchcraft. [29]
  • Mercy's acolytes are hanged in the public square. [19]
  • Anne Hale, in a fit of rage, killed both her parents after discovering of being a witch. [30]
  • Mary Sibley freed John Alden from prison, revealing her true nature of witch. [30]
  • Mortally wounded by militiamen hired by Increase Mather, John Alden was rescued by some Indians. [30]
  • During Hunter Moon night, in October, Mary Sibley ends the life of Increase Mather after he was mortally wounded by his son Cotton. [30]
  • After seven years, Mary Sibley reunited with long-lost son, believed to be dead years before. [30]
  • Deceived by Mary Sibley, Isaac Walton inadvertently released the Witch Pox contained within the Malum, becoming infected by it.[30]

Season Two


Ending of 1692

  • Believing that he had killed his father, Cotton flees to Boston where he is questioned by the council of elders, prohibiting the reverend to return to Salem. [20]
  • Three days have passed after the deadline for the first phase of the Great Rite, and Mary Sibley has spent the days with her long-lost son, affectionately named "John". [20]
  • Mercy Lewis seeks to govern together with Mary Sibley as the "Queen of the Night", but the Samhain refuses openly. Mercy, then, declares war on the Salem witches, exposing the corpses of the Hags at the town gallows. [20]
  • John Alden, healed by the Shaman and Sooleawa, pondered revenge against Salem witches. To implement his plan, he underwent a ceremony to get supernatural aid from the Great Spirit. [20] [10]
  • Anne Hale teleported to Boston to seek help from Cotton Mather. Here she made the unpleasant acquaintance of Countess Von Marburg, an ancient witch interested in unravelling the Ritum Magni. [10]
  • Dr Samuel Wainwright came to Salem to investigate the causes of the plague and find a cure to the disease. Entered into the good graces of Mary Sibley, he rescued Isaac Walton, starting to work on a vaccine. [20] [10] [31]
  • Mary Sibley, after suffering a spectral attack, confronted for the first time Countess Von Marburg, an extremely dangerous rival, who killed George Sibley as proof of her power. [15]
  • Anne Hale, sexually assaulted by the Devil marking her proper initiation into witchcraft, received her Book of Shadows from Mary Sibley and, having signed it with her blood, even her familiar in the guise of a mouse. [32]
  • Countess Von Marburg and her son, Sebastian Baron Von Marburg, came to Salem in order to manipulate the Great Rite to their advantage. While the Countess began to weave her thick canvas using citizens of Salem as puppets, Sebastian fell in love with Mary. [33] [2] [6]
  • Mercy Lewis became Countess Von Marburg's protégée, regaining her lost health and beauty by means of blood baths, starting with killing her former friend Dollie Trask. [8]
  • Witch Pox began to decimate the citizens of Salem until the corpses, thrown in the crags, are transformed into a mephitic pool of Hell-blood. Dr Wainwright was thrown into the pool, alive, by a jealous Sebastian Von Marburg. [33] [2] [6]
  • Unwittingly courted by Wendell Hathorne, Anne Hale cast a dangerous spell on Cotton Mather to win his love. Cotton Mather became mad with love for her. [8]
  • Anne Hale and Cotton Mather get married. [9]


Season Three

  • The Sentinel found a way out from his hellish prison, where he was trapped for thousands of years. Within a short time, he is reunited with his brother after aeons. [4]
  • Mary Sibley was brought back to life by Tituba and the Essex Elders with the power of the Primordial Tree, in order to destroy the Dark Lord's vessel. [4]
  • The Dark Lord jumpstarted his Inauguration by wreaking havoc in the villages of Massachusetts. [4]
  • Deerfield is destroyed by the power of Red Mercury. [1]
  • Wednesday of Holy Week, 1693:
  • Thursday of Holy Week, 1693:
  • Friday of Holy Week, 1693:
  • Saturday of Holy Week, 1693:
  • Sunday of Holy Week, 1693:


  • This page aims to list in chronological order the events that took place throughout the three seasons of the show. The events take into account refer to the dates appeared on screen, or referred to by the characters throughout the series, whether directly, or indirectly. Where these were lacking, it was necessary to resort to logical connections.
  • The subdivision of the timeline is straightforward explained.
    • Primeval Time refers to the time of creation (ie. the earliest ages in the history of the world).
    • Biblical Time exclusively dedicated to the most important events recorded in the Bible.
    • Ancient Time from the beginning of recorded human history to the Early Middle Ages.
    • Early Modern Period is the period immediately following the late Middle Ages through the beginning of the Age of Revolutions.
  • While it would be logical to assume that the events of the first season are located between the end of April and October, Mr.Thomas Elliot said that Cotton Mather stayed in Salem only six weeks. [34]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Episode 3x03: The Reckoning
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Episode 2x09: Wages of Sin
  3. Episode 2x12: Midnight Never Come
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Episode 3x01: After the Fall
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Episode 3x05: The Commonwealth of Hell
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Episode 2x08: Dead Birds
  7. Episode 3x06:Wednesday's Child
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 : Episode 2x07: The Beckoning Fair One
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Episode 2x10: Til Death Do Us Part
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Episode 2x02: Blood Kiss
  11. Writer's Wrap: After the Fall
  12. "Were you there to hear the screams of thousands of children sliced apart by crusaders? Have you smelled the human flesh searing to the red-hot irons of the Inquisition? I consecrate this land on behalf of the millions I watched suffer! And their temples destroyed, their people slaughtered!" — Countess expressing her sorrow for the victims of religious wars in Til Death Do Us Part
  13. Sebastian's official description released for season 2 read as follow: "250-year-old Dorian Gray type whose “anything goes” approach to sex is the antithesis of puritanical" (1692 - 250 = 1442)
  14. Assuming that this is an in-universe depiction of Countess Erzsebet Bathory, given the inclination to bathe in virgin blood, we knew that Countess Bathory lived from 1560 to 1614.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Episode 2x05: The Wine Dark Sea
  16. Since Magyar is synonymous with Hungarian, and that Countess Bathory was Hungarian, we can assume that Magyar witches were exterminated later on or during her incarnation as Bathory.
  17. Episode 1x01: The House of Pain
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 Episode 1x01: The Vow
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Episode 1x12: Ashes, Ashes
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Episode 2x01: Cry Havoc
  21. Episode 1x02: The Stone Child
  22. Episode 3x04: Night's Black Agents
  23. Episode 1x05: Lies
  24. Episode 1x04: Survivors
  25. Episode 1x07: Our Own Private America
  26. Episode 1x08: Departures
  27. Episode 1x09: Children, Be Afraid
  28. Episode 1x10 : The House of Pain
  29. Episode 1x11: Cat and Mouse
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 Episode 1x13: All Fall Down
  31. Episode 1x03: From Within
  32. Episode 2x04: Book of Shadows
  33. 33.0 33.1 Episode 2x05: Ill Met by Moonlight
  34. Episode 2x01 Cry Havoc: "Sent to Salem to see to the matter of a single, disturbed girl, you return here to Boston six weeks later leaving in your wake a full-blown witch panic, more than a dozen hangings, and apparently unbeknownst to you, the murder of your own father."

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