This Motherland: Fort Salem story contains spoilers.
The Motherland: Fort Salem storyline picks up where it left off at the conclusion of its season one finale “Witchbomb” as Abigail Bellweather and Raelle Collar struggle to rejoin the remainder of their unit, and Tally Craven suddenly finds herself one of General Alder’s biddies after saving the commander’s life. However, it’s the introduction of a second faction into the mix that complicates things for the witch army, and alliances and allegiances look to be severely tested during the ten episode sophomore offering.
While the season two premiere “Of the Blood” reunites Abby, Raelle, and Tally after their disappointing graduation ceremony, there’s no time to wallow in self pity after all three fail to land spots in the coveted War College. (Fortunately, the writers make everyone happy in the end with Anacostia’s delightfully executed reveal.) Though the Spree still pose an imminent threat to the country, and the Tarim seem reluctant to share their powerful songs lest they be exploited by the military, new, dangerous forces enter the picture and resurrect an adage that promises to become a central element of the narrative. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
But which faction constitutes the true enemy of the United States and by extension threatens its witch army? It was difficult to watch Scylla deceive Raelle, but once we learn that, not only is Raelle’s mother alive, she’s been working with Scylla the entire time, the potential for emotional blackmail rises incrementally. Whether Scylla possesses any real feelings for Raelle remains unclear, but her co-conspirator Willa Collar now finds herself in the middle of a plot thread that appears to indicate she’s willing to expose her daughter to untold dangers to further whatever end game she seeks.