Motherland: Fort Salem - Milestones Breaks Down the Beltane Courting Ritual (Exclusive)

Throughout most of Motherland: Fort Salem, audiences have seen the witches spending most of their time sequestered from the rest of the general public at the military base, with last night's episode introducing viewers to the concept of the Beltane courting ritual, a time when the cadets are meant to mate with suitors in order to heighten all of their powers. Given how powerful the characters have already been in the series, it would seem like we're heading into all-new territory for the rest of the series now that the ritual has been completed. Check out the featurette above to learn more about the Beltane ritual and tune in to new episodes of Motherland: Fort Salem on Wednesdays on Freeform.

Created by Eliot Laurence (who also created Claws), Motherland: Fort Salem is set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country. The series follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. In this world, the traditional roles of gender and power are flipped with women on the front lines, the fight looming and terrorist threats that are strikingly familiar to our world, but with supernatural tactics and weapons.

In the series, Taylor Hickson (Deadly Class) portrays Raelle, a reluctant recruit with major authority issues whose mother recently died in the line of duty. Jessica Sutton (The Kissing Booth) is Tally, a kind, strong-willed and curious witch who enlisted despite her mother’s passionate disapproval. Ashley Nicole Williams plays Abigail, an unquestionably alpha, smart, driven, and courageous witch who hails from the upper echelons of military witch society and is excited to be joining the ranks of the witches’ army. Amalia Holm (Playground) rounds out the young witch recruits, playing Scylla, a playful yet dark and mischievous recruit who is not what she appears to be. Demetria McKinney (The Saints and Sinners) plays Anacostia, a tough but wryly humorous drill sergeant whose chief concern is keeping the young recruits alive through basic training. Lyne Renee (Deep State) plays General Sarah Alder, the highest-ranking officer in the Armed Forces and the only leader witches have ever known.

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