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7 Moments From The Season 2 Premiere of 'Motherland: Fort Salem' That Made Us Say 'WTF'

List RulesVote up the moments that most made you gasp.

Spoiler Warning: significant plot points from Motherland: Fort Salem Season 2, Episode 1 ahead.

"Motherland: Fort Salem" is one of those alternative history shows that goes beyond what-iffing whether the Third Reich won, JFK survived, you know the drill... and instead imagines what might have happened if once persecuted witches made a deal with the government 300 years ago to fight on its behalf against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Witches are real. Go with it.

Fusing fantastical witchcraft and lore into a sort of miliary YA thriller has helped Motherland build a following over the course of its COVID-era first season last year. But the Season 2 premiere offered up enough WTF moments to give us a clear indication that if you thought Season 1 was nuts, you ain't seen nothing yet. 

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    The Camarillo Mean Business

    Raelle's mom Willa may be part of the rival Spree coven of witches who aren't down with the ancient military-witch alliance, but the ancient witch-hunting cabal The Camarillo wants to off all the witches, Spree and military-friendly ones alike. That became apparent when Willa shares with Scylla a horrific attack by the Camarillo against her and other Spree leaders at a restaurant. Willa was the only one to escape alive. The severity of how her friends perished was a definite WTF moment.

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    Penelope's Voice Melts the Glass

    So you thought you could sing? Well, sure... but can you melt a church's stained-glass window on national TV? Didn't think so. It turns out that Vice President Blanton Silver's daughter Penelope is a witch--because her deceased mom was a witch... but her mom didn't know she was a witch. So yeah, those kind of family machinations can definitely melt glass--and frankly, the ways those colors blended as the glass melted downward was very Salvador Dali cool. Even cooler is that Penelope's sudden witchy-ness (confirmed with a water-shaping vocal test later in the episode) just got her drafted into military service.

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    Raelle and Abigail Are Alive!

    Yes, Raelle and Abigail are not only alive--but when they get detained by military patrols (they could be wearing someone else's faces, after all), their return creates some pretty joyful ripples with the rest of the characters who thought they were dead. Everyone's glad they survived, but it's not long before we realize that they caused the "witchbomb" explosion that won the battle. And, like, how did that happen? WTF? But still, that dead body looks so much prettier with wildflowers growing out of it, right?

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