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Salem - Black Sunday (Series Finale) - Advance Preview: "Some Things Are Worth Waiting For"


3.10 - "BLACK SUNDAY"
Directed by Brannon Braga
Written by Adam Simon
Reviewed by Gavin Hetherington

SEASON GUIDE

3.01 - "After the Fall" (November 2, 2016)
3.02 - "The Heart is a Devil" (November 9, 2016)
3.03 - "The Reckoning" (November 16, 2016)
3.04 - "Night's Black Agents" (November 30, 2016)
3.05 - "The Witch is Back" (December 7, 2016)
3.06 - "Wednesday's Child" (December 14, 2016)
3.07 - "The Man Who Was Thursday" (January 4, 2017)
3.08 - "Friday's Knights" (January 11, 2017)
3.09 - "Saturday Mourning" (January 18, 2017)
3.10 - "Black Sunday" (January 25, 2017) - Advance Preview



'BLACK SUNDAY' PREVIEW

Well Heathens, the final episode. It took me such a long time to actually click the play button on this one because I knew that, in 48 minutes, it would be over. All over. That's it. Whatever would happen, nothing else would change it. There's always that sense with series finales that you worry it won't go the way you want it to, or it will miss something that it will never get back to, and you panic. You panic because the series finale, if you made it through seasons and seasons and you're still there to tune in, can either go one of two ways - the good way, or the bad way. I won't even be able to reveal very much in this preview to keep it spoiler-free, so you guys can still enjoy this episode when it airs, but as a loyal fan of this show from the very, very beginning, I believe, in my heart of hearts, that this series finale was incredible. From start to finish, the action from the penultimate episode carries over into this one, expanding on that heart-wrenching sense of time ticking by and ultimate danger literally everywhere in Salem. There is so much that happens, like so, so much that happens, that you'll probably find yourself reaching for your heart every five minutes.

So, without giving too much away, the penultimate episode ended with Anne opening the door to Hell, allowing the Devil to re-enter the stitched-up body of Mary's son. It was a huge moment as it was something Mary and co. had been working on all season to prevent from happening, Black Sunday, and it is actually upon us. Gah. I cannot even say how this will play out really, like seriously one mention of what happens and I've ruined it. But fear not, I will have to do something a little different. I usually like to do paragraphs, but I'm going to have to give little teases instead that hopefully get you excited for this episode.

TEASERS:

  • The episode picks up exactly where we left off. The Devil is back, and he greets Mary and Anne, with the intent of still wedding Mary for his ultimate plan to work. 
  • There is still a small part at the beginning of the episode dealing with John trying to stop the Red Mercury from destroying Salem. He either manages to pull it off and save Salem, or he doesn't. Either way, that part of the story will be dealt with relatively early so the rest of the episode can primarily focus on the happenings inside of the Sibley house.
  • Remember when Mary used to be so obsessed with power in season one, and married George Sibley so she could rule Salem? It seems Anne has had a taste for this power and with her recent turn to the dark side, she further plunges herself into the darkness. Is she a lost cause? There's a scene with Cotton and Anne that will tell you if there's any hope to save the pure Anne from her wicked path.
  • Cotton is given a truly life-changing choice, and may or may not be a hero for his decision.
  • What happened to Mary in episode 8 with the Countess, where she fainted in front of the mirror, will be further explored and developed. All I can say is, this gave me such delight. I loved every minute of Mary's storyline in this finale.
  • Love can prove either fatal or a blessing for some of our couples.
  • We get to see what Hell looks like. It's gloriously dark and evil and everything I hoped it would be.
  • The finale is a bloodbath. A lot of people's stories are either wrapped up, end abruptly, or have the potential for a new beginning.
  • Speaking of new beginnings, despite this being a series finale, there is a very small glimpse into what could happen next - and it's wonderful.

DIALOGUE TEASERS:

  • 'I just couldn't bare to live without her.'
  • 'I don't know whether to kill her or kiss her.'
  • 'Let us live to fight another day.'
  • 'A fool knows a foolish path.'
  • 'I'm sorry for everything I did.'
  • 'I could kill you.'
  • 'I warned Mary about you.'
  • 'Maybe, with you, I shall have a happy childhood.'

I'm also sorry for the lack of images in this preview too. WGN America haven't released any promotional episodic images for use. But all in all, I can say, this was an incredible finale. It has a lot of action, and a whole lot of heart, and it ended in a way I completely didn't expect. Now please let me go somewhere to cry while I mourn this wonderful show, and I'll see you all for the complete review of the episode after it airs. PLEASE TUNE IN HEATHENS! 

Have any questions about the finale of 'Salem'? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to tune into the episode, the FINAL NEW EPISODE, airing on Wednesday, January 25th on WGN America at 9/8c.



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