Salem season two trailer: Let the Witch War begin

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Mar 19, 2015, 6:54 PM EDT (Updated)

All hell has broken loose in Salem, but that's actually the least of the worries for the town's citizens. When the supernatural series returns for its second season April 5 on WGN America, there's a witch war brewing. And by the looks of the first full trailer for the season, embedded below, no one in Salem is safe.

A fictional re-imagining of the infamous witch trials in 17th-century Massachusetts, the first season of the show confirmed that dark magic was indeed present in the town. Now, as season two opens, top witch Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) has completed a ritual that has unleashed a plague upon Salem's residents. But Mary has much to contend with to remain in power. Former protege Mercy (Elise Eberle) seeks to claim the throne, newly emerged witch Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant) displays exceptional power, and Mary's servant Tituba (Ashley Madekwe) appears to have her own motives. Meanwhile, the ancient witch Countess Marburg (Lucy Lawless) arrives in town with her son, and with an agenda to claim what she believes is hers.

On the human front, the left-for-dead hero John Alden (Shane West) returns to Salem to challenge his former love, Mary. And the preacher's son Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel) is just all kinds of messed up after his faith is shaken, and he ends up in a brutal standoff with his witch-hunter father. Another mere mortal joins the action for season two as well: Dr. Samuel Wainwright (Stuart Townsend) is a man of science who visits Salem to investigate the plague.

Oh, and Mary's son (Oliver Bell), who she thought was sacrificed years ago, shows back up. Whether the tyke is human or witch remains to be seen. Check out the season-two trailer below for Salem, which returns April 5 at 10 p.m. on WGN America.

Are you watching Salem? Which witch is the one to watch in the war?