Fort Salem has arrived on UK TV screens at last and it hasn’t taken long for fans to notice Taylor Hickson’s scar but just how did she get it?

When a new series arrives on our screens, it can be a great opportunity to introduce ourselves to some new acting talent.

That’s exactly the case in Fort Salem (aka. Motherland: Fort Salem) which has just arrived on BBC Three and iPlayer.

Fort Salem tells the story of a trio of young witches as they enlisted to fight in the US army.

Leading the way in the series’ cast is Taylor Hickson who fits right into her military role due to a badass scar on her cheek that fans have not failed to notice.

Fort Salem on BBC Three and iPlayer

Motherland: Fort Salem arrived on US TV earlier in 2020 and on July 26th, made its way onto BBC Three and iPlayer here in the UK as just ‘Fort Salem.’

The series follows a trio of young witches, Raelle Collar (Taylor Hickson), Tally Craven (Jessica Sutton) and Abigail Bellweather (Ashley Nicole Williams), as they are trained and recruited into the US army to help combat a terrorist organisation known as the Spree.

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Taylor Hickson’s scar

Fans watching Fort Salem have undoubtedly been left with plenty of questions about Taylor Hickson’s scar in the series.

Despite some believing it to be makeup or a prosthetic, that scar is actually genuine and the story behind it made quite a few headlines when it happened.

In December 2016, not long after she had turned 19, Taylor Hickson was involved in an on-set accident while shooting for the film Ghostland (aka. Incident in a Ghostland).

The scene in the film involved Hickson pounding on a glass door, with her face pressed up against the pane of glass.

According to Deadline, with each new take, Hickson was instructed to hit the glass harder and harder and despite issuing reservations about the safety of the scene, Hickson continued to adhere to the director’s instructions.

That was until the glass door broke and Hickson fell, sustaining a serious facial injury as a result which required around 70 stitches at hospital.

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Following the incident, Taylor Hickson filed a lawsuit against the production company of Ghostland, Incident Productions.

According to Deadline, the claimed that “as a result of the injury, she has lost income [during] the period of time she was unable to act while she recovered from her injury.”

The suit added: “It is an industry standard within the movie industry that, when shooting a scene such as the scene described herein, either safety glass be used which would, upon shattering, break into pieces which would not result in sharp shards on which an actor could be cut, and/or that a stunt double be used for such a scene. Neither occurred in this case.”

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Fans discuss Taylor Hickson’s scar

Unsurprisingly, fans have been hugely positive about Hickson’s scar in Fort Salem.

After watching the show, plenty of fans have taken to social media to offer up their thoughts.

One fan on Twitter wrote: “Also it feels like a big thing that #Motherland didn’t hide Taylor Hickson’s facial scar OR write it into the narrative in some big way. People have scars, it’s not something we should have to hide and it’s not a mark of destiny from a dark wizard. It just is.”

While another, surprised to learn of the story behind the injury said: “I didn’t realize Taylor Hickson actually has a scar. I thought it was something that happened to Raelle but that’s actually Taylor’s and it happened during an onset accident. Who knew acting was so dangerous.”

And finally, this fan compares Hickson’s scar with that on Harrison Ford’s chin, which has become iconic over the decades: “okay I’m saying this now cos it needs to be said: Taylor Hickson’s scar is my sexy harrison ford chin scar. Period.”

Fort Salem is available to stream now in-full on BBC Three and iPlayer.