Motherland: Fort Salem Episode 3 Trailer, Cast, and News

The speculative fiction drama is set in an alternate reality where witches act as the U.S. defense force.

Freeform Series Motherland: Fort Salem

We’re already all in for Freeform‘s Motherland: Fort Salem, a TV show set in an alternate world in which witches have been fighting for the United States for 300 years. The network has ordered the speculative fiction show to series.

The first (and hopefully not only) season of Motherland: Fort Salem will be 10 episodes, with Eliot Laurence (Claws) acting as creator and showrunner (Um, was a witch not available?). In this world, witches ended their notorious persecution by striking a deal with the U.S. government: if the persecutions stop, witches will serve as a U.S. military force. Here’s hoping the show deals with that particular theme critically. The series will be executive produced by Laurence, Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay.

Read our review of the latest episode here.

What’s next?

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Episode 3, “A Biddy’s Life,” which will air on April 1st. Here is the synopsis, courtesy of Freeform:

On the eve of Beltane, male witches arrive at Fort Salem; Raelle learns more about Scylla’s past; Alder leads an international military council of witches and is startled by a new crisis.

Check out the trailer…

Motherland: Fort Salem Episode Guide

Click on the blue links to read full reviews of already-aired episodes.

Motherland: Fort Salem Episode 1 – Say the Words

Three witches join basic training at Fort Salem where they’ll prepare for the front lines, fighting looming terrorist threats with supernatural tactics and weapons.

air date: 3/18/20

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Read our review of “Say the Words” here.

Motherland: Fort Salem Episode 2 – My Witches

The unit travels to Salem Town for a celebration, but a disturbance throws the proceedings into chaos; Tally wonders if she made the right choice to embark on a military career; Abigail attempts to bury the hatchet with Raelle.

air date: 3/25/20

Read our review of “My Witches” here.

Motherland: Fort Salem Episode 3 – A Biddy’s Life

On the eve of Beltane, male witches arrive at Fort Salem; Raelle learns more about Scylla’s past; Alder leads an international military council of witches and is startled by a new crisis.

air date: 4/1/20

Motherland: Fort Salem Episode 4 – Hail Betane

The base celebrates the rituals of Beltane, during which Tally and Gerit’s connection grows, and Abigail finds strength in competition; Raelle is deeply affected by a tragic event and has questions for an evasive Scylla.

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air date: 4/8/20

Motherland: Fort Salem Episode 5 – Bellweather Season

Abigail brings the unit to a High Atlantic wedding, in hopes of increasing their odds for War College; Abigail struggles under family pressures, while Raelle leans on Scylla; Tally makes a discovery that will alter the future of the unit.

air date: 4/15/20

Motherland: Fort Salem Episode 6 – Up is Down

Abigail has to come to terms with her vulnerability in the aftermath of horrific events; Tally struggles with being supportive while also keeping a secret from her unit; Raelle takes extreme measures to connect with Scylla.

air date: 4/22/20

Motherland: Fort Salem Episode 7 – Mother Mycelium

Abigail forges a connection with Adil, a new visitor to base camp, and pushes a devastated Raelle to help him save a life; Tally uses Gerit as a distraction from her increasingly burdensome secrets; Anacostia delves into Scylla’s past.

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air date: 4/29/20

Motherland: Fort Salem Trailer

The first full trailer for Motherland: Fort Salem has arrived and it is beyond action-packed. Give it a look below.

Here’s an earlier sneak peek…

And here is a striking poster.

Motherland Fort Salem Poster

Motherland: Fort Salem Cast

Motherland: Fort Salem follows three young women as they go from basic magical combat training to deployment (via THR). The leads are Raelle (Taylor Hickson, Deadly Class), a reluctant recruit whose mother was killed in the line of duty; Tally (Jessica Sutton, The Kissing Booth), a kind, strong-willed and curious witch who enlisted over her mother’s objections; and Abigail (Ashley-Nicole Williams), an alpha from a long line of successful military witches. A fourth witch named Scylla (played by Amalia Holm), will get involved as “a playful yet dark and mischievous recruit who’s not what she appears to be.”

Demetria McKinney (Saints & Sinners) also stars in the role of Anacostia, “a drill sergeant whose chief concern is keeping the recruits alive through basic training.” Lyne Renee (Deep State) recurs as General Sarah Alder, “the highest-ranking officer in the Armed Forces and the only leader the witches have ever known.”

Motherland: Fort Salem Story

Motherland: Fort Salem imagines a world in which not only are witches real…they’re soldiers. Sometime in the 17th Century, witches made a pact with the U.S. government to help fight their wars. Sound intriguing? That’s only the beginning! Per Freeform’s description of the series:

“Set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the burgeoning U.S. government to fight for their country, Motherland: Fort Salem follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons.”

More news on Motherland: Fort Salem as we hear it.