Motherland: Fort Salem‘s “A Tiffany” had me formulating theories left and right about what’s to come on this show. And even then, I still don’t know what is going to happen next or what direction this show is taking. Personally, I love not knowing because a lot of shows are predictable AF nowadays. But all I truly know is that I love Tally, Raelle, and Abigail and would protect them from the world. Or the Camarilla to be exact. I’d even protect Scylla and Anacostia, who are going after the ancient enemy that is there to destroy all of witchkind.
Because I can’t control myself when it comes to Motherland: Fort Salem and all the feels that this show gives me, I’m going to breaking down “A Tiffany” bit by bit. I’m going to talk about Tally’s dreams and how those memories are going to change how she looks at Alder and how we do as well. Then we’re absolutely going to dive into Raelle and her developing abilities before touching base with Abigail and her push to be more than a Bellweather. And if you’re not sick of me by then, I’ll even cover Scylla and Anacostia’s growing bond.
Tally is Unraveling a Great Mystery
There’s something off about Tally’s dreams or recollections that have to do with Alder’s memories. Something that is itching at me. Like this feeling that something is staring at me, right in the face, waiting for me to solve it all. And after copious amounts of thinking…I think I’ve found it. The young woman that Tally is seeing visions of, I think she’s involved with the Camarilla. Sure, maybe not from the beginning. She fought alongside Alder. But that last memory, the one that broke Tally, that was something different and something.
All I can think about now is how Alder used this young woman to destroy those who would threaten witch kind. It didn’t matter to Alder that they had given up. She had to destroy the ancient enemy. But what if this young woman was so distraught by what had happened with Alder that she decided to turn her back on her own kind? It’s not that far fetched when you really start thinking about the how and why that the Camarilla seem to know so much about witchkind. After all, if Raelle’s mom can pull a stunt like being the leader of the Spree, this isn’t too far.
As for Tally, she’s being pulled from all sides. She joined the army to serve and protect. She believes in their mission and what they do for the world. And connecting with Alder and turning into a Biddy strengthened her bond to that of the military and how she perceived it to be. These memories are destroying that hope and love that Tally has for the military. It’s showing her that not everything is as it seems and that even the most exalted person in your life is still human and full of flaws just like the rest of us. What she chooses to do with that knowledge will change Tally and the military forever.
Raelle and Her New Powers
Raelle is slowly but surely becoming the strongest ally in Motherland: Fort Salem. This connection to the Mycelium is extraordinary. And the way it chose to alter her when it comes to rediscovering old seeds or making new ones is going to be crucial for the fight that lays ahead for them. Because so far the Camarilla have played dirty at every turn, butchering witches to use their own abilities against them. Imagine if they hear about Raelle and the power she holds? That could be disastrous and could be the reason why the Spree reenter the fold when it comes to the Army.
Ultimately, I do think that Raelle’s mother will find out about her powers. And at first, it’ll be what drives her forward even more to bring her daughter to her side. But we can’t discount the bonds that Raelle has formed with Tally and Abigail. There is love and sisterhood there and I think Raelle would fight to protect those she loves, no matter what faction they’re in. That’s absolutely going to cause a boat load of problems and see even more new alliances forming, but it’s what’s going to happen. Or at least it’s what I think will happen based on the clues that have been presented to us so far.
On a separate note, I think Raelle is really starting to enjoy her powers. At first she was absolutely hesitant about what rested within her. She didn’t even want to tell Alder or the rest of the military. But thanks to Abigail and Tally, Raelle told and started developing the true potential of her power. “A Tiffany” saw a shift within Raelle where she’s finally starting to understand how unique and special she is and how her powers can change the course of everything if she just believes in herself. And in this episode of Motherland: Fort Salem that shift happened, making me anticipate even more what’s to come.
Abigail’s Push for Something More
I love the way that Abigail was pushing for something more when it comes to her life as a Bellweather in Motherland: Fort Salem. I’m especially glad that as she pushed for more, her friends were there to ground her and give her the perspective that she needed. Did she still go and do something reckless? Absolutely. But that doesn’t take away the influence that Tally and Raelle have had on her life and continue to do so. Because Abigail is ready for more than the life she’s been given and wants to chart her own path when it comes to her body and what she chooses to do with it.
Abigail feels a bond with Adil that is absolutely influencing her decision making. And that’s not necessary a bad thing. She’s seen what the Camarilla have done to his people and she fears the same thing happening to hers. And that influences the way she moves forward when it comes to her life and the decisions she makes to protect those she loves, including Adil. Because she sees a future with him that doesn’t fall into place with what others think she should do to keep a “strong bloodline.” And for Abigail, she’s willing to do what it takes to prove herself worthy, chart her own path, and keep Adil by her side.
The end of “A Tiffany” could be the downfall of Abigail that she never saw coming. Hell, that we didn’t see coming. Because in trying to prove herself and chart that path she wants, she pushed herself to the limit. That could’ve caused her to make irreversible damage to her vocal cords, that can then sever her connection to her witch powers and her ability to perform seeds of power. And that would absolutely devastate Abigail and throw her life into a tailspin. But maybe not all is lost with Raelle’s connection to the Mycelium thing and her previous bouts with healing. Here’s hoping.
Scylla and Anacostia’s Growing Friendship
The friendship between Scylla and Anacostia is something that I absolutely didn’t see coming. Like, never in a billion years because of how far fetched the idea seemed in the first place. Now, I can see that Raelle is greatly loved by those in her life and will be the catalyst for the kind of world we all get to see next. And it starts with small bonds like the one between these Scylla and Anacostia and the potential for more that is grounded in them caring for each other and not just getting along for Raelle’s sake.
In “A Tiffany” we got to see Scylla and Anacostia without the backup that comes with being in such a huge organization as well. Scylla has had the Spree and Anacostia has had the Army. But who are they when you get rid of that organization or found family that they’re a part of? New bonds of found family are formed, that’s who they will develop to be, drawing us down roads that are unexpected but will worthy of every single wow that comes their way. Because everything that’s going on so far in Motherland: Fort Salem is just the beginning.
Motherland: Fort Salem airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Freeform.