Salem Season 2 Episode 8 Review: Dead Birds

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No birds were harmed in the making of this episode. 

It seemed like the central theme of Salem Season 2 Episode 8 was all about the birds and various characters showing who they truly are. Unfortunately we weren't provided with a ton of story development until the very end of the episode when things really started taking off. 

Let's not waste anymore time and discuss tonight's episode.

How crazy was the story Increase told about Countess Marburg's origins? It was such an interesting look into her past and how her essence is evil right down to the core. I would totally be open to seeing an episode where we can dive deeper into Countess Marburg's past lives and get a look at who she used to be, because you can never have too much of the Countess in your life.

Increase was spot on about not having anything to lose if Mary were to get rid of him before he could see his son. Mary never had the upper hand in the whole Increase business and if she really thought he would provide her with the information see needed without wanting anything in return, then she is a complete and utter fool.

Shall I trust a wasp not to sting?

Increase

Oh Anne! You couldn't possibly think you could get away with keeping the book without Sebastian knowing and trying to get his hands on it. When Anne was fighting back, I couldn't help but cheer her on – it's lovely to see her show a little bit of a backbone and stand up for herself.

Don't worry John, we're all trying to figure out what plot you play in all of this too, because at this point, it seems as though all you seem to do is hang around – literally. At least you got a little bit of action.

I'm pretty sure everyone could have guessed the bit of information about the blood of Anne's father being what needs to bring the book alive. The most surprising part of the scene was the fact the dried blood worked out so well on the book – good to know.

The miniature dark lord, aka John, was especially creepy tonight and I'm finding myself more and more intrigued on what they plan to do with the little devil (pun intended).

It was amazing how easily Cotton and Dr. Wainwright were able to find what the witches had in store for everyone in Salem. Was there some kind of map leading them to the dark pit in the middle of the woods? You'd think these guys would have been a little more scared about the whole notion of everyone possibly being dragged to hell. 

The whole conversation between Cotton and Increase was absolutely beautiful and Cotton finally got some closure on his relationship with his father. Cotton has shown he's a good man with a pure heart and even though he may never admit it, having those words come from Increase was exactly what Cotton needed to hear. I just hope, with this constant talk of Cotton being a good guy, it doesn't mean he is going to be on death's door. 

I will tell you know what I never told you in life, you are a better man than I. Your mind is deeper, your words are truer and your heart, [places hand over Cotton's heart] your heart is far more pure. Do not let my failures be yours. And, know this, I love you.

Increase

Look at Dr. Wainwright figuring things out and confronting Mary about being the one responsible for the plague. It wasn't remarkably shocking to hear Dr. Wainwright wanted in on everything instead of exposing Mary for who she really is. He's a man of science and he has no real connections to anyone in town, so of course he could care less about what happens to them. 

In the end, after Sebastian walked in on Mary and Dr. Wainwright having an out of this world sex session, he made the decision to go ahead with the kidnapping of John. Increase came back to tell Mary the box with Countess Marburg's soul IS the ship and not just a box ON the ship, but unfortunately he wasn't able to provide any more answers.

What did you think of "Dead Birds"? How ridiculous was the sex scene between Mary and Dr. Wainwright?

You still have time to catch up before the finale. Go watch Salem online on now via TV Fanatic and come back to let us know what you think. 

Dead Birds Review

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Salem Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

Shall I trust a wasp not to sting?

Increase

I will tell you know what I never told you in life, you are a better man than I. Your mind is deeper, your words are truer and your heart, [places hand over Cotton's heart] your heart is far more pure. Do not let my failures be yours. And, know this, I love you.

Increase