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|“||I'm at death's door, and I'm knocking, without wanting to.||”|
Isaac Walton is one of the main characters of Salem.
The town of Salem made an example of Isaac Walton for his indiscretions as a teenager, and he has to live with that reputation every day of his life as "Isaac the Fornicator". A lower class driver, Isaac is responsible for ridding the town of all waste. Handling Salem's dirty work has piqued Isaac's interest in the town’s witch hunts and he learns quickly that certain things cannot be unseen.
He is portrayed by Israeli-English actor Iddo Goldberg.
As a young man, Isaac was discovered kissing Abigail Cook. For this, as well as for the crimes of seeing Abigail naked and "self-pollution", he was sentenced by George Sibley to a day and night in the stocks, flogging, and to be branded with an "F" on the forehead. After this, his mother disowned him, forcing him to leave the family home and sold him into servitude.
In an unspecified period, probably after the arrival of Cotton Mather, he was given the task of bringing the corpses of the executed to a mass grave in the woods. While doing so he discovers something strange in the woods and shares it with John Alden, prompting the latter to suspend his disbelief in witches and stay in Salem.
Despite being cruelly branded with a heated iron rod and rejected as a morally degenerate outcast, Isaac appears to be one of the few named characters on the show with a largely virtuous personality. Isaac Walton also appears to be a sincere and devoted lover, still holding on to the memory of his beloved Abby, the woman he was found guilty of fornicating with seven years prior to John Alden's return, who left the town the morning after they were put in stockades and publicly punished, and whom he hasn't heard from since. Increase Mather describes Isaac with a childlike mind and behaviors that mimic those of the people he's in contact.
Isaac Walton is a handsome, gaunt-faced and pale-skinned man with dark hair that he wears long at the front to cover the scar burnt into his skin by Mary Sibley's husband seven years ago: an "F", marking him as a fornicator. He is often seen self-consciously rearranging his hair to ensure the scar is covered, even though all the townspeople know about it and continue to look down on him regardless.
Throughout The Salem series
Main Article: Isaac and Mary
|“||I promise you, though a grim future awaits the people of Salem, I will protect you from any further pain. I swear to you.||”|
— Mary to Isaac in Cat and Mouse
Mary and Isaac are childhood friends and both are firstborns in the new world. During the events of 1685 Mary witnessed his punishment for fornicating with his lover Abigail Cooke (The Vow) and after she became a witch and married George she took pity on him when no other would. Mary has shown to have a lot of affection for Isaac and went to great lengths to save him from Magistrate Hale (In Vain). But despite this she has manipulated him on many occasions to benefit her own agenda causing her to vow to protect him from any further harm after he was injured due to her intervention (Cat And Mouse). After she saves John from being hanged, she tries to save Isaac from the Grand Rite by sending him away from Salem but gives him one last task, to place the Malum in the witches tree but unbeknown to her he has been infected by the plague it contains (All Fall Down).
Main Article: John and Isaac
|“||You're too late. I thought you were gonna save us, but maybe we just don't deserve saving.||”|
— Isaac to Alden in Our Own Private America
Both are first born son's in the new world they were both raised in Salem, Massachusetts but it is unknown in how much contact they had before the events of 1685. John with the rest of Salem witnessed the branding of Isaac by George Sibley but was the only one that tried to prevent it but was later sent to join the militia (The Vow). Seven years later when John returns his arrival is witnessed upon by Isaac who later informs Mary of his return. Isaac tries to convince John that witches are real and takes him into the woods where they spy on their Sabbath and they both become allies but when Isaac is later captured and spelled by the witches leading to his arrest it is only John who tries to save him (In Vain). Isaac turns to John following George Sibley's injuries after the carriage crashes, but John tells him to leave him there and keep quiet as he deserves nothing from either of them (Departures). Isaac considers John to be one of his only friends.
Main Article: Isaac and Cotton
|“||Half of Salem takes you for a fool, the rest dismiss you as a pervert. Am I mad to think I saw something in you? Something of a man. Just the sort Salem needs to fight the Devil.||”|
— Mather to Isaac in In Vain
Not much is known about their past history but it is presumed they first met when Cotton came to Salem on Mary Sibley's behest to oversee the witch trials. In the course of events, they become friends and allies in the fight against witches, both stifled by the despotism of Increase Mather. When Cotton is deprived of all his possessions from his father and John Alden is accused of Witchcraft, Isaac reminds Cotton the value of friendship spurring him not to give up.
Main Article: Isaac and Dollie
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Main Article: Isaac and Increase to be added
Main Article: Isaac and Mercy
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- Isaac: "Isaac the fornicator. Hide your wives, hide your daughters, hell, hide your sheep!"
- — In Vain
- Isaac (to John Alden): "You're too late. I thought you were gonna save us, but maybe we just don't deserve savin'."
- — Our Own Private America
- Isaac: "Oh this ain't right. This ain't right. Any fool can feel that, even this fool."
- — All Fall Down
- Mr. Hathorne: "What is there to say about our founder, George Sibley?"
- Isaac: "How about that George Sibley was a son of a bitch?"
- Mr. Hathorne: "What did this dead man ever do to deserve..."
- Isaac: "Do?! What did George Sibley do? Besides sear the flesh of my face for the unforgivable crime of love? Well, for one thing, he sent John Alden off to die just so he could steal his girl."
- Mr. Hathorne: "This from Isaac the Fornicator!"
- Isaac: "Hypocrite! Hypocrite. You're all fornicators. Screwing each other every day of the week, including the Sabbath! I swear if Jesus Christ walked the streets of Salem, he wouldn't find a man worth saving."
- Mr. Hathorne: "This is vile blasphemy, and you will hang for it."
- Isaac: "Go on, then! Hang me! Hang me! Done died on those stocks years ago. You all, so busy looking for where the evil came from. You brought it with you. Still, you look all'round for who could have done it. Must be the Indians, or the French Or the witches Or even my Dollie. Blame it on my Dollie. She had angel eyes. Couldn't see my scars Just my soul And loved it. Angel's eyes. Risked her life to save mine. Angel's eyes. And I'll remember them until my dying day. I promise you. But who will remember the lot of you when you're ashes? They say God sees every sparrow that falls. But he don't see you. Not no more! He forgot all about you. Salem is the dust he shook from his feet when he turned around and walked away, and he ain't never coming back!"
- — On Earth as in Hell
- Isaac: From the Hebrew name יִצְחָק (Yitzchaq) which meant "he laughs". Isaac in the Old Testament is the son of Abraham. As an English Christian name, Isaac was occasionally used during the Middle Ages, though it was more common among Jews. It became more widespread after the Protestant Reformation.
- Walton: From any of several villages in England, from Old English wald "wood", wall "wall", or wælla "stream, spring" and ton "town".
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|The Man Who Was Thursday||Appears|
- Isaac is a fictional character invented for the show, unlike other based on the real Salem Witch Trials.
- Although he's one of the main characters, Isaac Walton appears in only nine out of thirteen episodes during Season One. He appears, instead, in twelve of the thirteen episodes of the second season, but often for very short scenes.
- Isaac Walton was supposed to die in the earlier episodes of the first season. The brilliant interpretation of Iddo Goldberg has prolonged life and storyline of the character.
- "Isaac Walton: the voice of reason" is the description released on the official Instagram account with the photoshoot for the third season.
- The updated character description on WGN America website says:
"Isaac takes it upon himself to attempt to clean up Knockers Hole and take revenge against Mercy. He’s the voice of reason and uses his power and control over the people for good."
- ↑ Isaac was dragged away by an angry crowd after Anne expressed her disappointment about Isaac's uselessness to her agenda. Moreover, he wasn't with Dorcas at the meetinghouse during Anne Hale's speech, supporting the theory of Isaac's death.