The landscape for fantasy shows on television has changed a lot since Xena: Warrior Princess first graced screens 20 years ago: try darker, extra twisted and loaded with more OMG moments than ever. “When I was coming out, with Xena and Buffy, that was kicking-ass girl hero stuff,” says Lucy Lawlesss, who joins the cast of WGN America’s Salem for its second season. “This is women kicking ass but in an extremely negative way. It’s like all the heroes are anti-heroes, and you have to be good with that to handle a show like Salem.”
In Salem, which returns this Sunday at 10 p.m., Lawless plays Countess Marburg, the last in a long line of ancient Germanic witches who poses a threat to Salem’s most powerful witch (Mary Sibley, played by Janet Montgomery) when she makes her way to the 17th century town. TIME caught up with the act...
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