Explaining that ‘Salem’ takes liberty to focus on character over history, West told me of his research for the role of John Alden:
I was surprised to discover that during this time period, you think of witches being burned. It’s a classic thing, even though it was more of a myth at this time. [Witches] were more hung, or stoned, or drowned. That stood out to me, because I just assumed that that was one of the ways of torture. But this is historical fiction; we have a license to tell the story differently. I wanted to get a little bit of the background of the real John Alden, but I didn’t feel all of it necessary, considering we weren’t going to explore other parts of his life.
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