Everything You Need To Know About 'Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina'

Diply 14 Sep 2018

Fans of Riverdale, Archie Comics, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch are all waiting for the premiere of Netflix's new supernatural teen horror series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

We've got a release date, and now we've got a trailer, but we're still not sure exactly what to expect from the bold new series. Here's what we know so far.

The character of Sabrina has been around a lot longer than you might realize.

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While many probably best know Sabrina from the ABC series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, she's been around since long before the Melissa Joan Hart days. First appearing in Archie's Madhouse #22 in 1962, the character has been a mainstay of the Archie universe for decades.

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The series was originally designed as a companion series for Riverdale.

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With the runaway success of Riverdale, it makes sense that The CW would want to try to replicate that success, leading to the idea of creating a new, more mature Sabrina series.

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Those plans came apart when Netflix came up with a sweeter offer. 


Even though the new Sabrina series shares a creator with Riverdale, a two-season, 20-episode offer from Netflix was too good to pass up. So the show will find its home on the incredibly popular streaming service instead of being paired with its sister series.

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That doesn't mean that anyone's writing off the idea of doing a crossover.

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As far as anyone is saying, there are no immediate plans to merge Chilling Adventures of Sabrina with Riverdale, but nobody seems willing to say "never," either.

Sabrina's hometown of Greendale (right across the river from Riverdale) was already featured in the first episode of Riverdale, so the seeds are certainly planted.

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The series was created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who's also the developer and showrunner for Riverdale.

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Aguirre-Sacasa serves as the Chief Creative Officer for Archie Comics, and he writes the original comic the new series is based on.

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This version of Sabrina started off as a character from another horror take on the Archie universe. 

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In Archie Comics' first-ever teen-rated publication, Aguirre-Sacasa wrote Afterlife with Archie, an alternate-universe story where Jughead asks for Sabrina's help bringing his dog, Hot Dog, back from the dead after being run over by Reggie. Hot Dog returns as a zombie and bites Jughead, leading to the start of a zombie plague.

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In fact, Afterlife with Archie was almost the basis for the plot of Riverdale.

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Ultimately, the series decided to stay away from a zombie story in the first season, landing on "a more grounded, less supernatural version because we thought we could always go there, but if we started there, it would be hard to take that away."

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Unlike the last TV adaptation, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is going to be much darker.


When asked about the new series, Melissa Joan Hart stated that the new show seemed like it was more tonally in line with something like Buffy rather than the wholesome, family-centric vibe of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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Characters you're already familiar with will have more of an edge.

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Compared to Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick's version of Sabrina's aunts, Hilda and Zelda, in the original series, the new takes characters — now played by Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto — are notably less cheery.

The casting call showed that Hilda will be "the kinder of the Spellman sisters who are raising Sabrina, though her nurturing nature belies a more ruthless side. She is a healer, a potion-maker, sweet-as-pie until you cross her or anyone she [loves]," while Zelda will be "the harsher of the Spellman sisters who helped raise Sabrina, though her sternness and tough facade might be hiding a more…mothering soul. Unlike Hilda, Zelda claims that she has never known love — her devotion to the Dark Lord is all-consuming — which is why people looking for a love-potion go to Hilda; those looking to make a spite-jar go to Zelda."

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Unless you've read the comics, you're about to meet a whole bunch of new characters.


Yes, Sabrina's high school love, Harvey (Ross Lynch), is coming back, but there are many more characters in the series who never made it into the original show.

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Sabrina will live with her cousin, Ambrose, a pansexual necromancer.

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Played by Chance Perdomo, the character is trapped in the family's home/mortuary because of a binding spell. He's a friend to Sabrina and is described as one of her "partners in crime."

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Sabrina's got a new best friend.

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In the comics, Rosalind Walker is an annoying classmate of Sabrina's. In the on-screen version, Rosalind is getting upgraded to best friend status, but also has a story of her own.

Her casting call describes her as "brash, empowered, and outspoken like her Black Panther parents, Rosalind is keeping a secret from Sabrina and the rest of her classmates — that she is not-so-slowly losing her eyesight, a fact that will put her immortal soul in jeopardy."

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The villains are absolutely wild.


Sabrina's magical education is absolutely fraught with danger. For starters, there's Father Blackwood (played by Richard Coyle), who oversees the Satanic congregation the Church of Night, as well as the Academy of Unseen Arts.

He's described as being an "oppressive authority figure in Sabrina's dark education."

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Seriously, she can't trust anybody.


Michelle Gomez will be playing Sabrina's favorite teacher, Mary Wardell. The hitch is that Wardell gets possessed by Madam Satan, an angry witch who — assuming the comic story is being followed — has some serious history with Sabrina's family.

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In case you're incredibly worried, yes, Salem will be back.

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Fans of the original series probably have fond (if not vaguely disturbing) memories of the character, who was mostly performed through animatronics.

Salem is a warlock trapped in the body of a cat. In this version, it looks like he's going to be a little less uncanny to look at.

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The first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres on October 26, 2018, on Netflix.

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And I don't know about you, but that's a day that I'm going to mark in my calendar.

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