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WGN’s brutal period piece Salem thrives at the intersection of history and fantasy – with a healthy heaping of sex and gore on top of it.

We spoke to the cast (Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Iddo Goldberg & Elise Eberle) and creators (Brannon Braga & Adam Simon) about the ramifications of season 2, what’s to come in season 3, and the hardest parts of consistently subjecting your cast to such horrific feats.

Janet Montgomery (Mary) & Shane West (John)

Seth Gabel (Cotton) & Brannon Braga (c0-creator)

Iddo Goldberg (Isaac), Elise Eberle (Mercy) & Adam Simon (co-creator)