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"The Beckoning Fair One" is the seventh episode of the second season of Salem, and the twentieth episode of the series overall. It premiered on May 17th, 2015 on WGN America.


Mary resorts to drastic measures in a bid to attain valuable information for use in combating the Countess, and she tries to shore up her political hold over Salem with a move that could either assure her success or seal her fate. As Anne Hale continues her Witch’s tutorial, she learns that getting what she desires comes at a cost and that, in order to continue on her seemingly powerful path, she must still remain supplicant to others. As the Countess and her son, Sebastian, continue to work their plan, they are presented with a rare glimpse into their enemy’s stronghold where a fascinating introduction is made, and their cause is made stronger by a new but unpredictable ally. Wainwright returns to Salem having gained some measure of information that may shed light on the town’s particular strain of plague, but further investigation reveals shocking results. Meanwhile, Tituba makes plans for her recently captured prey, and Cotton gets a surprising visit.

Episode Overview



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Mary Sibley (to Countess Von Marburg): "I would like to invite a few of the important people to a dinner, for you and of course, your son"
Countess Von Marburg: "Mary Sibley is hiding something."
Mary Sibley: "Give up your dead, their secrets to tell, Increase Mather I call you from Hell!"
Cotton Mather (to Dr. Wainwright): "What have you seen?"
Samuel Wainwright (to Cotton Mather): "A place of death."
Mary Sibley (to Increase Mather): "The witch you killed still lives. Now, help me defeat her!"



Behind the Scenes

Cultural References

  • As said by Adam Simon in the Writer's Wrap for this episode, it is a reference to the regained beauty of Mercy Lewis as well as a literary reference to the novella The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions which is widely regarded as one of the best in the genre of horror fiction, especially psychological horror. This novella is included in Widdershins (1911), which inspired some characters of the same name in Salem.

International Titles

  • French: Sous Influence (Under Influence)
  • German: Die Lockende Schönheit (The Seductive Beauty)
  • Italian: Bella di Notte (Beauty of the Night)

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