Motherland: Fort Salem Wiki

The first season of Motherland: Fort Salem consists of ten episodes. It debuted with Say the Words on March 18, 2020 on Freeform.


Set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution nearly 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country, “Motherland: Fort Salem” follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment.

In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped, with the more dominant women on the front lines fighting looming terrorist threats that are familiar to our world—but with supernatural tactics and weapons.










Image Episode Information
Saythewordspromo9.jpg      "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.
Saythewordspromo1.jpg      "My Witches "
The unit travels to Salem Town for an annual witch celebration, but an unexpected disturbance throws the proceedings into chaos. Tally wonders if she made the right choice to embark on a military career when witch-hate and her own mother stand in her way.

Smarting from Alder’s denial of her request to switch units, Abigail attempts to bury the hatchet with Raelle. Raelle grows closer to Scylla, while the unit impresses Anacostia in Windstrike training.

A Biddy's Life S01E03.jpg      "A Biddy's Life"
  • Airdate: April 1, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 03 / 03
  • Directed by: Amanda Tapping
  • Written by: Brian Studler
Fort Salem excitedly greets male visitors on the eve of Beltane, but Raelle and Scylla’s budding romance is interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious man from Scylla’s past. One of the male witches catches Tally’s eye, but she is unsure of how to proceed. Meanwhile, Alder attempts to convince the Hague, an international military council of witches, to follow her strategy against the Spree and is startled by the news of an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Tarim Basin.
S1e4-4.jpg      "Hail Beltane"
  • Airdate: April 8, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 04 / 04
  • Directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • Written by: Christopher Oscar Peña
The base reels from a traumatic event, while Raelle tries to come to terms with her role in the tragedy. Scylla attempts to evade Raelle’s increasingly pointed questions. Abigail works to impress her formidable rival, Libba. And Tally’s connection with Gerit grows during Beltane, a sacred holiday honoring fertility traditions.
Bellweather Season S01E05 Promo Photos (5).jpg      "Bellweather Season"
  • Airdate: April 15, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 05 / 05
  • Directed by: M.J. Bassett
  • Written by: Eliot Laurence
The unit travels off base for the high society wedding of Abigail’s cousin. Raelle throws herself into her relationship with Scylla, who, unbeknownst to Raelle, faces an impossible choice. Abigail becomes disillusioned with her privilege while amongst the notable Bellweather line. And Tally gets hit with two life-altering revelations that change the very fabric of the unit.
Up is Down Promo Photos (1).jpg      "Up is Down"
  • Airdate: April 22, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 06 / 06
  • Directed by: Rebecca Johnson
  • Written by: Eliot Laurence
Abigail has to come to terms with her vulnerability in the aftermath of a horrific event. Tally struggles with being supportive while also keeping a secret from her unit. Raelle takes extreme measures to connect with Scylla.
Mother Mycelium Promo Photos (1).jpg      "Mother Mycelium"
  • Airdate: April 29, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 07 / 07
  • Directed by: Shannon Kohli
  • Written by: Nicole Avenia, Nikki McCauley
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 probes into Scylla’s past.
Citydrop Promo Photos (1).jpg      "Citydrop"
  • Airdate: May 6, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 08 / 08
  • Directed by: David Grossman
  • Written by: Eli Edelson & Joy Kecken
The witches' training culminates at Citydrop, their final training exercise; devastating secrets come to light, splintering the unit and forcing Tally to question her blind trust; a Spree threat changes the course of the cadets' lives.
Coup Promo Photos (1).jpg      "Coup"
  • Airdate: May 13, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 09 / 09
  • Directed by: Steven Adelson
  • Written by: Eliot Laurence, Maria Maggenti
In the aftermath of Citydrop, the unit comes closer together, while their distrust of Alder grows; Abigail is faced with eulogizing a fallen soldier, while Tally learns something new about Gerit; Anacostia grants one last favor to Scylla.
Witchbomb Promo Photos (4).jpg      "Witchbomb"
  • Airdate: May 20, 2020
  • Episode / Series Number: 10 / 10
  • Directed by: Steven Adelson
  • Written by: Eliot Laurence
Raelle, Abigail and Tally graduate from basic training, making Abigail more desperate than ever to prove her unit belongs in War College; Alder eyes the unit for a rescue mission while Anacostia and Scylla find common ground.



Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Amalia Holm, and Demetria McKinney had been cast in series regular roles. In addition, Kelcey Mawema as one of the leads in the pilot, is being recast. On March 28, 2019, it was announced that Ashley Nicole Williams had been cast as one of the leads, replacing Kelcey Mawema who was in the original pilot.


Principal photography for the first season began on April 22, 2019 and end on August 23, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Filming took place in Cloverdale, Surrey, British Columbia from May 9 to May 10, 2019.