Dead Birds
Season 2, Episode 8 (21)
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Episode Information
Air Date

May 24, 2015


Joe Menosky
Adam Simon


Alex Kalymnios

Episode Guide
The Beckoning Fair One
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"Dead Birds" is the eighth episode of Season Two of Salem, and the twenty-first episode of the series overall. It premiered on May 24th, 2015 on WGN America.


When a plan of Mary’s threatens to backfire on her, she strikes a tenuous deal in order to achieve her greater goal. While she learns a bit of the history which surrounds her newest and most dangerous foe, the key to defeating the Countess still remains hidden. Both Anne and Cotton receive unexpected late-night visitors, each of which results in very different conclusions. As Mary tries to bond with her son, she and Tituba discover that the seemingly scared and vulnerable little boy is harboring unsettling thoughts and predilections... and perhaps even darker secrets. Meanwhile, with the help of her familiar, Anne Hale begins to discover some of her father’s hidden – and unsettling – secrets; Tituba tries to strike a deal with the captured John Alden; Dr. Wainwright discovers that, perhaps, science alone does not hold all the answers he seeks; and Mary makes a much-needed - and unexpected - ally.

Episode Overview



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Increase Mather (to Mary Sibley): "I can tell you how to destroy her.....For a price."
Mary Sibley (to Increase Mather): "Name it?""
Increase Mather (to Mary Sibley): "I must speak with my son Cotton."
Cotton Mather (to Samuel Wainwright): '"This is what they have planned for us."
Samuel Wainwright (to Cotton Mather): "Who?"
Cotton Mather (to Samuel Wainwright): "The witches"
Tituba (to John Alden): "There is so much we can do for each other"
Samuel Wainwright: "There is great evil at work here."
Mary Sibley (to Little John): "John?"
Little John (to Mary Sibley): "They just come to me."



Behind the Scenes

Cultural References

  • Dead Birds may refer to the mystic belief in the Western Magical Tradition where dead birds we're believed to be omens or used by magical practitioner's who would eviscerate a bird to read it entails to perceive future events.

International Titles

  • French: Les oiseaux morts (The Dead Birds)
  • German: Tote Vögel (Dead birds)
  • Italian: Caduti dal cielo (Fallen from the sky)

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