|“||We cannot expect God to be on our side if we tolerate abominations or those who commit them.||”|
— in The Vow
George Sibley was the Puritan husband of Mary Sibley, head and councillor of selectmen board, and one of the founders of Salem. Subdued and enslaved by means of Witchcraft, George was a pawn to reach and manipulate high office for Mary Sibley until his untimely death.
George Sibley was portrayed by Michael Mulheren.
George was a ruthless manipulator, fervent Puritan and inclement with all those who do not behave according to the decorum required by his religion. Behind closed doors, he actually proved to be a despot, but also a hypocrite, choosing as a second wife a younger woman and committing fornications even with her maid. The sudden change of personality, from aggressive to passive, caused by witchcraft, was explained to the rest of the community as a natural paralysis, perhaps due to gout. Despite the slavery imposed by witches, George continued to struggle to break free until, discouraged and eager to be freed or even killed as long as torments cease, he agreed to submit totally to Mary Sibley helping her to undermine the authority of selectmen.
George was a man of about sixty, overweight and with an incipient baldness. His black clothes were impeccable and austere, as befits a man of his high rank. From the moment he fell under the control of the witches, became almost completely paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair and Unable to do even the simplest gestures such as eating or bathing alone. In these home moments he often wore a nightshirt soiled with urine and vomit and abandoned on his wheelchair, or to the care of Nathaniel, one of The House of the Seven Gables' servants.
Married to Mrs. Sibley, was the richest and influent man of Salem, head of town selectmen. After his wife's death at the hands of the witches, who have made it look like a natural death - a stroke, maybe- he married in second wedding Mary Walcott, slowly becoming prey rather than a hunter.
Throughout the Salem Series
- Main article: Mary and George
Mary married the wealthy selectman sometime after she was told that John Alden had died when Magistrate Hale poisoned his late wife. Within two years of their marriage, Mary placed George under her spell while the rest of Salem believed he was suffering from a mystery illness. Mary has shown to hold no affection for her husband and simply married him to acquire the influence she needed to control Salem as well as an act of revenge for sending John away. Later, while the witch's pox is decimating the town, George accepts to help Mary in order to cast away Mr.Hathorne, a common enemy, who want to dominate over Salem
|The Stone Child||Appears|
|The Red Rose and the Briar||Appears|
|Our Own Private America||Appears|
|Children Be Afraid||Appears|
|The House of Pain||Mentioned|
|Cat And Mouse||Absent|
|All Fall Down||Mentioned|
|Book of Shadows||Absent|
|The Wine Dark Sea||Appears|
|Ill Met by Moonlight||Appears|
|The Beckoning Fair One||Mentioned|
|Wages of Sin||Absent|
|Til Death Do Us Part||Absent|
|On Earth as in Hell||Mentioned|
|Midnight Never Come||Mentioned|
|The Witching Hour||Mentioned|
- George Sibley: "On this glorious day, our brave boys muster to face the devil's shock troops French and Indian savages massing in the woods right outside our doors. And what are you going off to defend? Not Sodom, but Salem. We cannot expect God to be on our side if we tolerate abominations or those who commit them."
- — The Vow
- Mary Sibley: "Do you know what I enjoy most, George? Turning the good souls of Salem against one another, like the rabid dogs you trained them to be."
- George Sibley: "The only thing that keeps me alive is the look on your face when John Alden finds out what you really are and throttles you with his bare han...[forced to swallow the familiar toad]"
- — The Stone Child
- George Sibley: "Moses? Damned impudence to appoint oneself our Moses and claim to do so humbly. This man's pride is worthy of Satan himself. Not Moses. Much greater men than you, sir, made a covenant with the Almighty, and they landed on these shores; men named Endecott, Skelton, Alden, and Sibley. We crossed the river Jordan to this, our promised land, Salem, not some inherited parcel from which we could..."
- Mr. Hathorne: "Mr. Sibley, how dare you?!"
- George: "Silence! We have overcome crop failures, epidemics, Indian raids... Even witches. Shall we abandon our promised land now? What would the Lord himself say to that?!"
- — The Wine Dark Sea
- George Sibley was the last founder of Salem still alive, before the Countess killed him.
- Despite the iron fist used with his citizens and subordinates, and the strict observance of the Puritans dictates, George Sibley was shown in the act of indulging in hubris and lewdness behind closed doors.
- Donna Thorland confirmed that George Sibley was eaten at Mary's dinner.
- George had a very bad relationship with water:
- The familiar that makes him paralytic was an amphibian.
- During the dream walking spell, Mary tried to drown him.
- The Countess killed him by drowning him with a dreadful incantation.