WGN America's Salem to end its weekly witch hunt with Season 3

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May 5, 2017, 11:26 AM EDT (Updated)

As in life, all good things must come to an end, and so it is with WGN America's disturbingly addictive horror series, Salem. The supernatural drama centering on the dark days of 17th-century witchcraft and deviltry will close out its existence with Season 3. The announcement, which was not totally unexpected, came yesterday, with some bittersweet sadness over its demise from network chief Matt Cheniss.

Salem is a fantastic show that greatly contributed to our successful launch into original programming,” said Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios. “We thank Brannon, Adam, our talented cast and our partners at Fox 21, for entrusting us with their unique and remarkable vision for the world of Salem. We also thank the fans for their loyal support of the show.”

Heralded for its unflinching, revisionary take on the infamous Salem witch trials, the series was created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, and its viewership had dwindled dramatically since its heralded first-season debut in 2014.  

“We knew this would be the third and final season and were able to craft an exciting climax to Mary’s transformational saga,” Braga and Simon told fans. “We are grateful to WGN America and Fox 21 for being terrific partners and giving us free reign to create a satisfying conclusion—one we believe respects our love of storytelling and the show’s passionate fans. It was a magical experience to create Salem and we want to thank every producer, writer, director, actor and crew member, for all they have done to help us bring the world of Salem to life.”

The final episodes of Salem ignite in early 2017 and star Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle, Iddo Goldberg, Joe Doyle, Oliver Bell and the creepy metal madness of Marilyn Manson.

Will you lament the loss of Salem, or are you impartial to its impending doom?

(Via Bloody Disgusting)