Salem season 4 might still be conjured, if online petitioners have anything to say about it. Oh, I know, Jim Morrison once intoned that you can’t petition the lord with prayer, but the devil-may-care Salem fans are aiming a little lower. They set out with a goal of 5,000 signatures and, as of this writing, “#RenewSalemWGN for season 4 on Netflix” passed the halfway point with 2,633 supporters.
“2,000 signatures?,” Salem superfan TimHeritage wrote just weeks ago. “I can’t believe we have hit 2k signs in under a month. This HAS to prove to WGN that we mean business and cancelling Salem is a disaster.”
“I am getting in touch with other networks besides Netflix to ask them to pick up Salem,” one of the petition’s most ardent promoters recently emailed to Den of Geek.
Some people don’t want their curses lifted. Look at the character Hathorne on Salem, which was recently put on the chopping block at WGN: The witch Mercy Lewis offered to free him from his bondage and the pain and humiliation of a debilitating disease on her death bed. Hathorne preferred to live in that bondage and even started up a blood drive to save her life. Well, the same can be said for fans of Salem.
Heritage started the pagan-positive “#RenewSalemWGN for season 4 on Netflix” petition with a single signature and it grew to 867 supporters within a day. Okay, and also I know that the idea of pagans and Satan is not particularly good press for the wiccan community, but remember that some of the demons Christians fear were reimagined from the gods that were revered by other culture’s faiths.
“The Initial goal is to get Salem renewed for a 4th season,” reads the petition. Heritage and the other undersigned don’t care whether the show comes back on WGN America or Netflix, they just want it renewed.
From the word go, Salem has had such outstanding characters,” the petition continues. “The performances from the actors are far beyond any show” the undersigned have “seen this decade.”
“It wasn’t just about bloody horror. It was about actual historical events and the power struggles between mortals and witches in their daily lives.”
Followers of the show responded to how the witches empowered women, “and this is what society needs more of as a whole,” the petition reads
The plea points out that Salem is “the highest rated original scripted show on WGNAmerica,” specifying that the series has ten times more “followers that any other WGNAmerica scripted show has airing at the moment.”
Like all spellbound sorcery fans, the Salem petitioners have had enough “of shows about witches always on the chopping block. Enough is Enough,” he warns. “You don’t mess with the Hive. This isn’t over Heathens, Blessed Be and may our Hive become stronger and stronger. #RenewSalemWGN”
Heritage wants the signees to be respectful and not cast any dark workings. The petition will be delivered to Netflix, NetflixPR and WGNAmerica.
TV fans aren’t the only ones begging to stay under the spell of the seductive sorceresses. Marie Bargas, the once and former Hollywood Witch who’s appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Extra!, promises that “the witch community is watching this very closely.” Much like The Sentinel on Salem.
“When our socio-political reality becomes confusing, and downright scary, it is shows like Salem that allow us to process the unbelievable, and digest the injustice over which we seem to have no control,” says filmmaker and Celebrity Psychic Madame Nadia Sokolov. the host of The Daily Draw Show with Madame Nadia.
“An intricate tale of politics, control, witches, and the Devil that begins in a concrete point in our cultural past, yet spins an alternate history is perhaps the antidote we require, in order to handle the illogical reality we’ve been facing since past November. Especially if you are a practitioner of an alternative religion or life-style.”
Salem “boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts in a world where witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem,” reads the series overview.
“The third season of Salem dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself. And there’s only one person on earth who can beat the devil — the very witch that birthed him, his mother, Mary Sibley. The only problem is—she’s dead. Or is she?”
Salem was created by writers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon. Salem. The series stars Janet Montgomery (Human Target, Made in Jersey), Shane West (Nikita, ER), Seth Gabel (Arrow, Fringe), Ashley Madekwe (Revenge), Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre), Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) and Iddo Goldberg (Mob City). New to the cast of Salem this season are Grammy-awarded nominated artist Marilyn Manson and Samuel Roukin (TURN: Washington’s Spies).
The series conclusion of Salem could be seen as an open-ended finale, so there still might be a chance. Sign away your souls so Salem may live.