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— in All Fall Down
Mary Sibley (née Walcott) is the female protagonist of Salem. She is the wife of the late George Sibley, the lover of John Alden, and the most powerful Witch in Salem. She became a witch after she sacrificed her unborn baby to Satan in exchange for powers.
Throughout the first season her actions have been influenced by not only her love for John Alden but her revenge on the Puritans who she believes took away everything she loved, causing her to make irrevocable choices. When John is put on trial for being a witch, she saves him from being hanged revealing she is a witch.
They had planned to run away together but she is forced to stay in Salem and complete the Grand Rite to save the life of their son, who she had been led to believe had died seven years ago.
She is portrayed by British actress Janet Montgomery.
Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Mary is one of the firstborn in the new world. She is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walcott. She never knew her mother and it is unknown whether or not her father was still alive by 1685. At some point in her childhood, her parents bought the slave girl Tituba, who Mary quickly developed a close relationship with, often treating her more like a sister than one of ownership (The House of Pain). Before the events of 1685, Mary embarked on a relationship with the young John Alden and the pair quickly fell in love. However, he was later sent to join the militia to fight in the nine years war. The night before he left Salem (after witnessing the branding of Isaac Walton), he made a vow to Mary that he would return for her within a year, splitting a silver coin giving one half to her as a symbol of his promise.
Several months later, Mary discovered she was pregnant with John's baby. Believing John to be dead, she was manipulated by the witches into sacrificing her unborn child to the Devil, thus becoming a witch herself (The Vow). Some time afterward, she married George Sibley after the witches had secretly poisoned his previous wife. Within two years of their marriage, she placed her husband under a spell, wanting revenge on the man that cost her everyone she loved (The Red Rose and the Briar) and leaving her in control of Salem.
Poised and dignified from the beginning, Mary is a natural born leader. It was because of this that she was chosen by the hives elders to lead the witches of Salem and complete the Grand Rite. She was once a kind and compassionate woman before she sold her soul to The Devil, and described herself becoming darker afterward. She still holds onto some of her humanity, which she shows when she saves Isaac from being hanged clearly showing affection for him, which is probably due to the fact that she sees both of them as victims of the Puritan's tyranny. Mary is also cunning and ruthless, willing to go to any lengths to enact her revenge on the Puritans by completing the Grand Rite. She can be somewhat stubborn and cruel, which is apparent when she cruelly rejects Tituba after she confessed her love for her. She also shows her loving and motherly nature when she is with her son and will go to any lengths to protect him whether it be from the elders, witches or Puritans.
Mary is a beautiful young woman in her late 20's.
She has a slim and tall physique with long dark brown hair, black eyes, and a pale complexion. Before she was wealthy she was shown to have worn plain dresses in shades of blue or pink but after marrying has grown to have a penchant for more elaborate gowns uncommon among the plain-clothed Puritans, varying from shades of black, purple and red. She often wears the half a silver coin that John had given her which has been set on a gold necklace and wears her hair long, sometimes in varies types of plaits or curls.
Throughout The Salem Series
Powers and Abilities
Mary Sibley is a very powerful witch and known as one of the most powerful witches in Salem. It has been constantly noted that Mary unlike regular contract witches has a high aptitude for witchcraft and was seen as powerful enough to equal ancient witches such as Countess Marburg in terms of magical strength. For this reason, Mary was chosen and brought up by her coven, the Essex Hive to perform the legendary Grand Rite that would lead to the Devil's incarnation at its completion. She is possibly the first witch in history to have achieved this feat. She is also the Samhain of the Essex Hive, after having the previous one, Rose killed for her betrayal. Mary is also the only witch seen to possess more than one familiar; having a toad and a snake and using both to control different people. As familiars are gifts of the Devil, it is possible that having more than one represents Mary's high position in the hive.
Upon selling her soul to the Devil by sacrificing her unborn child at Tituba's behest, Mary was slowly taught witchcraft by both Tituba and Rose, the former Samhain of the Essex Hive. She first used her magic significantly when after two years of being a witch, she placed her husband George Sibley in a paralysis of sorts, induced by her familiar toad which she forced down his throat with Tituba’s aid. She has since grown in power massively, much to the surprise of other witches. Mary held a very important position at Sabbaths, leading them and was well-respected due to her surprising power. As shown constantly, she was capable of extraordinary feats and spells, even skilled enough to imitate feats displayed by far stronger and older witches, such as the ability to bilocate. Even prior to learning to bilocate, Mary was shown being capable of staying conscious while projecting her specter to another place. Upon doing this, she would enter a trance of sorts. Her telekinetic skills were also advanced, often giving Mary the ability to assume control over a person's movements, which was known as puppetry. She could achieve the same effect, only more lasting through the use of a familiar. Mary could also teleport over large distances and even bring people with her, as seen in Mercy and later John's case.
Like Tituba, who was originally the one who taught Mary most of higher level witchcraft, Mary was partially skilled in dream walking, though she usually required Tituba's aid. It was through this method that Mary learned of the Malum's location by infiltrating John Alden's dreams, though this led to violent convulsions, forcing Mary to stop. She eventually surpassed these limitations as she was able to affect Isaac in the same way in his own dreams without suffering any consequences. Despite the hive's assumption that Tituba was their only gifted necromancer, Mary proved herself as a powerful practitioner of this kind of magic as well, when she summoned Increase Mather from hell in the form of a spirit, by using the remains of his corpse. During the spell, he was completely bound to her will. Mary's control over the elements was also highly advanced as seen several times. In order to kill Increase, Mary was able to assume control over the woods all the way from Salem, using vines to subdue Increase with a simple drop of blood. She was also able to affect him from Salem by causing his chains to strangle him. She was also shown of using fire as an element several times, in order to locate something or on a much greater level, when she set the entire meeting house on fire with a small blood sacrifice, though she claimed this act was fueled by the trees that surrounded her as the Essex witches were known to be associated with the forest. She was also shown to be able to extinguish the fire with her bare hands, without inflicting any harm on herself.
On a number of occasions, she seemingly used fire as a conduit, exactly as the Countess uses water. This is most notable in Mary's attempt on Increase's life and during her spectral attack on Mercy.
Mary was also highly psychic in nature, being able to sense the presence of her target several times, despite not being able to determine it's identity and in John Alden's case, despite him being cloaked against witches. She could cast realistic illusions, both on herself and entire locations, as seen when she hid the pool of hellblood from Cotton and the Magistrate. By simply tasting Anne's blood, Mary was capable of replicating the contents of Anne's book of shadows and thus know the thoughts of the younger witch. Mary was also capable of performing powerful and complicated spells, as seen when she was able to resurrect George after his murder. Though, the Countess' curse overpowered Mary's resurrection spell and resurfaced as soon as George was brought back. With Tituba's aid, Mary easily located Corwin and even linked the head of a ram to him, allowing her to kill him from a large distance. Later on, using Corwin's finger, Mary and Tituba located John as the former's murderer despite him being cloaked from magic. She was also skilled in unbreakable curses, as seen when she cursed a doll that nearly led to Anne's death. The curse couldn't have been broken by even John Hale, who was allegedly a cradle witch, further proving Mary's mysterious power. After unwillingly aiding the Countess in incarnating the Devil, Mary was soon drained of blood by Sebastian at the former's orders, though with a little amount she had left, Mary resurrected her lover John at the expense of her own life.
Following Mary's resurrection and her attempt on the Devil's life after a short ruse of being his follower, it was decided by him that Mary will undergo the ritual known as "the Reckoning," meant as the ultimate punishment for the witch who betrayed their lord, the Devil. Mary was then symbolically stripped of her magic by the killing of her familiar and the expulsion of her elemental powers from her body, leaving her a powerless human being.
Mary was undoubtedly the most powerful witch of the Essex Hive, as confirmed by the Essex Elders themselves and the most powerful contract witch seen thus far.
Main Article: Mary Sibley/Relationships
- Main article: Mary and John
|“||Mary, trust me. I will come back for you. Hey, look... this is all that I have and I swear on my parents grave. This is my vow. This war will not last a year.||”|
— John to Mary in The Vow
Mary and John fell in love before the events of 1685. Later John left Salem to join the nine years war but not before vowing to return for her in a year. Several months later, Mary discovered she was pregnant with his child but believed he was dead so she sacrificed their unborn baby to Satan so that she could enact revenge on the Puritans (The Vow). Seven years later she is shocked with John's arrival and is torn between her love for him and her duty to the witches cause but after he is arrested for witchcraft and later put on trial and sentenced to hang for treason she chooses to save him (Ashes Ashes). They both plan flee Salem together but their plan is hindered by the witches who reveal their child is, in fact, alive forcing Mary to choose between him and their son. She stays in Salem and completes the Grand Rite and is reunited with their son (All Fall Down).
- Main article: Mary and Tituba
|“||I, traitor? I, who have endured the worst that sick man could inflict upon my flesh to protect you? I think not. 'Tis you who have betrayed those who nurtured you. You who have turned your back on everything we have planned these long years!||”|
— Tituba to Mary in All Fall Down
Tituba is Mary's oldest friend, most trusted ally and devoted servant. They were raised together as children when Mary's parents bought the young slave girl when she came to the new world and they quickly developed a close relationship during their childhood (The House of Pain). After John Alden was sent to join the nine years war and Mary discovered she was pregnant with his child, Tituba was the one that helped her sacrifice her unborn baby in exchange for powers (The Vow). In the following years, she became her one true ally with completing the Grand Rite. Tituba later makes a confession of love that Mary cruelly rejects (Children Be Afraid) and after she is arrested for witchcraft and tortured by Increase Mather she accuses John of being a witch inciting Mary's hatred. After Mary decides to flee Salem with John, Tituba reveals that the child that she had sacrificed all those years ago is alive, forcing Mary to stay and complete the Grand Rite to save her son and she vows to make her pay (All Fall Down).
- Main article: Mary and George
|“||The only thing keeping me alive is the look on your face. When John Alden finds out what you really are and throttles you with his bare hands.||”|
— George to Mary in The Stone Child
Mary married the wealthy selectman some time 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 (The Vow). After the arrival of Increase Mather Mary tried to destroy his mind to prevent him from revealing what she was, where it was shown he had once been enamored with his young wife despite her own revulsion of him but her plan failed due to Increase's intervention (Children Be Afraid). Since his bewitchment, he has shown to hold no more affection for his wife and even voted for John Alden to go to trial to spite her (Cat and Mouse).
- Main article: Mary and John Sibley
|“||My child.... lives!?||”|
— Mary in All Fall Down
During the events of 1685 Mary discovered that she was pregnant with John Alden's baby but believing him to be dead was manipulated by the witches in sacrificing her unborn child becoming a witch herself (The Vow). For seven years Mary believed the child she had lost was dead and often wondered if she had made the right choice especially with the arrival of John Alden (The Stone Child). She later discovered that her child is alive and was forced to choose between fleeing Salem with John or saving her son. They are finally reunited after Mary completes the Grand Rite (All Fall Down). Without being baptized, her son later decide to name himself "John" after his father.(Cry Havoc)
- Main article: Isaac and Mary
|“||I promise you, though a grim future awaits the people of Salem, I will protect you from any further pain. I swear to you.||”|
— Mary to Isaac in Cat and Mouse
Mary and Isaac are childhood friends and both are firstborns in the new world. During the events of 1685 Mary witnessed his punishment for fornicating with his lover Abigail Cooke (The Vow) and after she became a witch and married George she took pity on him when no other would. Mary has shown to have a lot of affection for Isaac and went to great lengths to save him from Magistrate Hale (In Vain). But despite this, she has manipulated him on many occasions to benefit her own agenda causing her to vow to protect him from any further harm after he was injured due to her intervention (Cat and Mouse). After she saves John from being hanged, she tries to save Isaac from the Grand Rite by sending him away from Salem but gives him one last task, to place the Malum in the witches tree but unbeknown to her he has been infected by the plague it contains (All Fall Down).
- Main article: Mary and Mercy
|“||No! I didn’t wish for my friends to be killed! I promised them that they would be safe because you promised me, but you lied! You lied and now they are all dead! Everything that comes from your lips is a lie!||”|
— Mercy to Mary in All Fall Down
Not much unknown of their past history other than that it was Mercy's father that had wed Mary to George Sibley so it is presumed Mary knew or knew of Mercy before she placed her under her spell. Mercy was used to accuse those of witchcraft but after she was freed from the familiar within she was no longer under Mary's control so Mary turned the young girl into a Witch to prevent her from revealing what she was (The Red Rose and the Briar). Mercy soon developed a strong attachment to her as Mary took her under her wing, teaching her the craft. When Increase Mather arrived in Salem and became suspicious of Mary, Mercy accused Tituba of witchcraft to protect Mary but was later forced to go into hiding after Tituba revealed Mercy was now a witch herself. Together they tried to kill Increase but their plan failed (Cat and Mouse) and after the deaths of Mercy's friends who had been arrested and tortured by the senior Mather, Mercy vowed vengeance against Mary as she had promised she would protect them (Ashes Ashes).
- Main article: Mary and Samuel
— Dr.Wainwright to Mary Sibley
Mary and Dr. Wainwright know shortly after the arrival of man in the city and now seem to get along. She sees him as one of the few allies against misogynist selectmen who would usurp her command over the town. The two flirt shamelessly and also have sexual intercourse.
|The Stone Child||Appears|
|The Red Rose and the Briar||Appears|
|Our Own Private America||Appears|
|Children Be Afraid||Appears|
|The House of Pain||Appears|
|Cat And Mouse||Absent|
|All Fall Down||Appears|
|Book of Shadows||Appears|
|The Wine Dark Sea||Appears|
|Ill Met by Moonlight||Appears|
|The Beckoning Fair One||Appears|
|Wages of Sin||Appears|
|Til Death Do Us Part||Appears|
|On Earth as in Hell||Appears|
|Midnight Never Come||Appears|
|The Witching Hour||Appears|
|After the Fall||Appears|
|The Heart Is A Devil||Appears|
|Night's Black Agents||Appears|
|The Commonwealth of Hell||Appears|
|The Man Who Was Thursday||Appears|
- Mary Sibley (to Anne Hale): "Love is to a woman what war is to a man the most deadly thing they'll do. Only a fool runs quickly to war or love. You’d best watch yourself."
- — The Vow
- Mary Sibley (to George Sibley): "We will use the trials to turn the puritans against each other. They will hunt and kill and drown in their very own blood till there's no puritans left standing. And Salem is ours."
- — The Vow
- Mary Sibley: "There was once a time I might of suckled more than a toad."
- — The Stone Child
- Mary Sibley: "Sometimes in life, we make choices. And sometimes, these – these difficult choices – they lead us to do things, terrible things, and we don’t wish to. We’d do anything not to. But choice informs choice."
- — Lies
- Mary Sibley(to Mercy): "Men think of themselves as rock, hard as stone. So they are. Hard, brittle, easily broken. Women know that we are mostly water. Sea around us, sea inside us. When I hurt, I remember that. I remember what water is, what it does. It flows. It changes. It endures far longer than the rock."
- — The Red Rose and the Briar
- Mary Sibley: "All things return, like every salty tear returns to the sea."
- — All Fall Down
- Mary Sibley: "My heart has never known peace."
- — All Fall Down
- Mary Sibley: "There is no world, new or old, not founded on bones and blood. Imagine a world free of the violent hypocrisy and oppression of the Puritans, a new world that celebrates the power of nature, freedom of thought, belief, and feeling. This is our chance. A moment when the future of this land is utterly in doubt."
- — Cry Havoc
- Mary Sibley (to Anne Hale): "Neither the world, the flesh nor the devil himself is like a Puritan suit in only black and white. All is grey. And the devil they fear is not the devil I know."
- — Cry Havoc
- Mary Sibley (to her son): "You were not born for this. You were born to be loved. And I do love you. I am so sorry, my love. I have failed you over and over again, but I will not fail you now. Whatever happens, do not be afraid. We will meet again. I love you beyond all measure, beyond any other love, beyond life itself."
- — Midnight Never Come
- Mary Sibley (to Countess Von Marburg): "I had a dream, too, once. A dream of a new birth of freedom. But my sleep produced only a monster."
- — The Witching Hour
- Mary Sibley (to the Dark Lord about losing her magic): "No! That is mine! That fire is mine, and it was there long before..."
- — The Reckoning
- Mary Sibley (to the Dark Lord): "I don't want to be a god. Only a woman."
- — The Man Who Was Thursday
- Mary is a feminine given name which is the usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Μαριαμ (Mariam) and Μαρια (Maria) - the spellings are interchangeable - which were from the Hebrew name מִרְיָם (Miryam).. The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However, it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love".
- Walcott originates from England and the habitational name from any of several places called Walcott, Walcot, or Walcote, for example in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Oxford-shire, and Wiltshire, all named in Old English with w(e)alh ‘foreigner’, ‘Briton’, ‘Welsh’, genitive plural wala (see Wallace) + cot ‘cottage’, ‘shelter’, i.e. ‘the cottage where the (Welsh-speaking) Britons lived’.
- Sibley originates from England and the popular form of the medieval female given name Sibley, a vernacular form of Latin Sibilla, from Greek Sibylla, a title of obscure origin borne by various oracular priestesses in classical times. In Christian mythology, the sibyls came to be classed as pagan prophets (who had prophesied the coming of Christ), and hence the name was an acceptable one that could be bestowed on a Christian child.
- Historically Mary Walcott was the one who showed Tituba how to make the "Witch Cake" to feed to a dog in order that she and her friends might ascertain exactly who it was that was afflicting them.
- Official WGN Salem site describes Mary Sibley as:
"Beautiful, ruthless and vulnerable, Mary Sibley is Salem’s most powerful enchantress, with a deep secret and deeper desires that may threaten her position and strength. Both villainess and heroine – she is always the center of attention. Mary uses her position of power and influence not only to promote her personal ascension within Salem but to wreak revenge upon those whose hypocrisy and cruelty lead Mary to her current struggles. When John Alden returns, it turns her world upside down. No matter how tough she is, Alden nearly derails everything, causing long-dormant emotions to resurface with a dizzying vengeance. Regardless of whom she truly loves, her husband or John, Mary may well be bound by ties even deeper to someone – or something – else."
- The updated summary description of the character for the third season, released on WGNA Salem, is the following:
"Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful and ruthless witch, is the only person on earth with the power to destroy the Devil. She must kill her son. The only problem is – she’s dead. Or is she?"
- As revealed in one of the interviews for the first season, available on official website, Janet Montgomery has always been fascinated by the supernatural. To better prepare for the role, she has read about the history of witchcraft and Wicca.
- Mary Sibley seems to favor dark shades of burgundy and black clothes. Rarely she was spotted wearing light-colored clothing;
- in "Children Be Afraid" Mary appeared in a dream to George Sibley wearing a pink dress.
- In "Cat and Mouse" she wore a silver nightgown in her boudoir;
- in "Midnight Never Come" she briefly wore a white dress with a cape of the same color.
- The description given on official Instagram to accompany the promotional photos of the third season is as follows: "Mary Sibley: the queen of sacrifice."