After season 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, it’s hard to believe that the Netflix series exists in the world as The CW’s Riverdale.
Sabrina Spellman’s town of Greendale borders the “murder capital of the world,” Riverdale and is split by Sweetwater River.
But it’s easy to forget that the shows are “cut from the same cloth” amidst all the magic, satanic rituals, and time loops that have defined the third season, which is why the series made several attempts to remind you, with the lead character even stepping for into Riverdale all-too-briefly.
In fact, Riverdale is much closer in proximity than previously imagined, which almost lends itself to that rumored crossover episode.
Fans of the shows have either pushed for the crossover or voiced their distaste with the idea, but if crafted tastefully, I think Betty Cooper and Sabrina Spellman might make a very dynamic duo. Or maybe a cheer-off between Brina’s Ravenette’s and Cheryl’s Vixens? We’re just throwing out a few ideas, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Season 3 finds Sabrina on a few quests, but most of them are fueled by her desire to smash the patriarchy, which we can also see the Riverdale ladies getting behind. It’s what Veronica works against nearly every day of her life!
Here are all the Riverdale Easter-eggs found in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:
- As Sabrina embarks on a quest to find the Unholy Regalia in an effort to defeat her title as Queen of Hell and beat Prince Caliban (made of clay), she and Ambrose cross over to Riverdale for the first time to visit a maple tree at the Blossom Maple Farms said to be hiding Herod’s crown. Yes, the same farm owned by Cheryl Blossom and her unhinged fam! find Herod’s crown in Riverdale. When they cut down the tree to remove said crown, it’s drenched in Riverdale’s gooey specialty — maple syrup.
- On their way into town, a “Welcome to Riverdale” sign greeted them, and the back of the sign included graffiti phrases “murder capital of the world,” “SSS (for Southside Serpents), and “Jughead Wuz Here,” with a small crown.
- After being cursed by the Pagan witches, Hilda begins her transformation into a spider. (Spider fans, look away!) She tells Mr. Cee, her fiancee, that she’s starving and would love a juicy burger and a milkshake from the best burger joint in town, which is conveniently located in Riverdale. Fans of The CW series know she’s referring to Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe and have no objections about it being the best. If it’s good enough for Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, it’s good enough for the Spellman’s.
- While Mr. Cee is out on his burger run, a Southside Serpent (one we’ve never seen before, but it’s fine) wanders into Cerberus Books looking for a bite to eat. Little does he know he’s about to become the meal instead. Hilda’s spidery-persona swoops him up and all we see is blood gushing down. Serpent down.
- The best was an appearance from Penelope Blossom herself, though, guest star Nathalie Boltt didn’t appear as the Riverdale character. Instead, she portrayed a New Orleans woman named Miss Dubois, who was Prudence’s disguise, known as a glamour, while on her hunt to kill her father Faustus Blackwood. However, Faustus was playing the same game and was hiding under a glamour as a member of the Judas Society. It’s unclear why Riverdale chose to feature Boltt in this scene and not a different actress that doesn’t have a connection with this town, but maybe it means Prudence and Ambrose spent some time in Riverdale prior to their trip to New Orleans?
- A few of the faces making their mark on season 3 of CAOS have come from Riverdale. You may recognize newcomer Jonathan Whitesell who plays Robin Goodfellow, a Pagan witch and Theodore’s new BF, as Kurtz from Riverdale’s third season. Matty Finochio, who plays the creepy ice cream truck owner that Sabrina drags to Hell, will appear on an upcoming episode of Riverdale as a quiz show host.
- CAOS isn’t the only one boasting crossovers. On the Riverdale Midseason Premiere, Betty was interviewing football players from neighboring towns to expose Stonewall Prep dangerous approach to the sport. One of the football players included Billy Marlin from Greendale who was also turned into a pig by the Pagan’s on CAOS.
‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4 Easter Eggs and Nods to ‘Riverdale’
Since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was cancelled by Netflix, the series was never able to deliver a crossover with Riverdale, or its now-cancelled spinoff, Katy Keene.
However, that doesn’t mean the fourth and final season skipped on the fun Easter Eggs and nods.
The series fully embraced its connection to Riverdale, R5 (Ross Lynch’s former family band), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch!
Here are some of the best Easter eggs from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4!
Season 4 Episode 1
Roz raises issues about the lack of sex education at Baxter High, especially after the adulterous pagans blew into town on season 3. She points out that Riverdale has condom machines in the bathroom in the first reference of the season. It’s a bit of an odd comment, but honestly, fitting considering how much hooking up happens in the small town bordering Greendale.
Season 4 Episode 3
After Sabrina is possessed by The Weird, an octopus-like eldritch terror, her new lab partner and the dude she went on one date, Lucas Hunt, doesn’t show up for class. When she asks the teacher why, he informs her that he “transferred to Riverdale High,” which Sabrina deems is probably for the best. It seems like she doesn’t truly know what goes down in the halls of R.H. though because it’s genuinely just as weird as Baxter High. I wonder if we’ll be seeing Mr. Hunt in future episodes of Riverdale?
Season 4 Episode 6
As Harvey, Roz and Theo get ready for band practice, they have a tense confrontation with a new band called the Stoned Philosophers, who claim they booked the practice rooms. Riverdale fans will immediately recognize band leader “Tobey” and his friends as Stonewall Prep’s Bret, Donna, and Joan. Yep, the same trio that went after Jughead and caused him to fake his own death are now bullying Harvey and friends! We may not have a full-on crossover, but this is one thrilling surprise!
In the same episode, Satanic Panic, a heavy metal band from back in the day resurrects to cause havoc in Greendale and compete in the Battle of the Bands. The lead of the band is played by Ross Lynch’s (Harvey) real-life brother, Riker Lynch. They were both in the band R5!
Season 4 Episode 7
Fans of The WB sitcom which gave us the OG Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, will recognize Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda. The actresses replaced Sabrina’s “Aunties,” played by Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis in the Netflix adaptation, in the parallel realm in which Sabrina Morningstar finds herself stuck in a diabolical sitcom as part of the Endless terror prior to the culmination of the Void. In addition to Rhea and Broderick guest starring, there’s also a laugh track and a Salem that talks… just like in the sitcom!
9 Biggest Moments from ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina wrapped up its run with the fourth and final season on Netflix.
Sabrina and friends faced their biggest threat to date – the eldrtich terrors.
Here are the biggest moments from the eight-episode season.
The Eldritch Terrors… obviously
The whole season revolved around the ancient entities that culminated with the arrival of the Void – the end of all things. Fitting for a final season, right? Sabrina, the coven, and her mortal friends teamed up to defeat each other terrors – The Dark, The Uninvited, The Weird, The Perverse, The Cosmic, The Returned, The Endless, and finally, The Void.
Hilda and Mr. C Get Married
Nothing was going to stand in the way of Hilda and Mr. C’s big day, not even a terror threatening humankind. The odd couple agreed to have a wedding reception and ceremony as dictated by Zelda and the Academy, which ended up being kind of downer when The Uninvited crashed the party, killed Dorian, and then threatened everyone else because they refused to extend him an invite to the party. Sabrina served as mediator by swooping herself and The Uninvited to Hell for another wedding, where she then married him and trapped him in a prison existing outside of time and space on their wedding night. And she made it home just in time for the private ceremony at the Spellman house in which Hilda and Dr. C exchanged vows dressed up as their favorite movie monsters.
Sabrina Gets Married to Caliban
That other wedding I mentioned? It was Sabrina Morningstar’s! The 16-year-old wed Caliban, yeah, the same one that tried to kill her and Sabrina Spellman. She promised her was reformed and loved her and all that, but Caliban will always be Caliban… and he had his eye on that throne. Of course, this didn’t take away from Sabrina’s stunning red lace dress. Though, she did have to share the spotlight with Sabrina Spellman, who used the wedding as an opportunity to marry The Uninvited and trick him into captivity. All in a day’s work for these witches!
Roz is a Witch
Roz always had powers, better known as “the cunning,” which essentially gave her psychic abilities, but this season, she learned that she’s a full-blown witch. Her ancestors, who were proud Christian women, didn’t want to be persecuted for witchcraft so they simply didn’t call themselves the W-word. However, once Mambo Marie proved that Roz had powers, she was welcomed into the Academy to join Mambo Marie and Prudence – and later Agatha – as the newest Weird Sister.
Sabrina Morningstar Perishes
With the realms in peril because of the existence of two Sabrinas, one of them had to go to the parallel realm to restore balance. Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar played rock, paper, scissors to decide, and Morningstar lost. She walked through the mirror (wish it was a closet like on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, to be honest) in hopes of restoring balance in the cosmos and found herself in an eldritch terror known as the Endless. Basically, she was stuck in a diabolical sitcom and Salem is the eldritch terror. When the Void arrived, she managed to convince Salem that they had to escape and they ran back through the mirror. While she made it back to Sabrina’s realm, she died shortly after without telling Sabrina how to defeat it.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is known for throwing in little Easter eggs to sister show Riverdale, but they had a ton of fun with it in the final season. There were a few mentions of Riverdale High School and a cameo by Bret, Donna, and Joan, who played characters in a punk band. Riker Lynch, the brother of Ross Lynch (Harvey), also had a role as an undead leader of a rock band.
And lastly, one episode replaced Sabrina’s Aunt Hilda and Zelda with Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, who played the original roles in the WB sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
See all the Easter eggs here.
Lilith Destroys Lucifer
Lilith has been wanting to reign in Hell for years. After killing her newborn son, Adam, to protect him from his father, Lucifer, she negotiated to get her powers back. She then turned on Lucifer and stabbed him with the sword she used to kill Lazarus, drank his blood, embraced his powers, and banished him to the Mortal Realm. Payback’s a b….
Agatha Returns to Normal
Crazy Agatha is crazy no more! After Dorcas returned to the land of the living due to an eldritch terror, she forgave her sister for murdering her. When that happened, Agatha snapped back to reality and clearly, had no recollection of what happened in the months prior. As Prudence said, it’s good to have her back, but she needs to be clued in on a lot.
Sabrina and Nick Are Endgame… Literally
When Nick took responsibility for the demise of his relationship with Sabrina on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3, it was a big step. He promised to wait until she was ready because they were “endgame.” Sabrina likely didn’t think she would be ready as soon as she was, but when there’s a chance you might die, you kind of have to follow your heart. And her heart said that she loved Nick. From then on, they were inseparable as they fought side-by-side to defeat the eldritch terrors.
When Sabrina embodied a piece of the Void and sacrificed herself to save everyone, it was heartbreaking to watch Nick mourn his girlfriend and the life they would have had together. But two people who are destined to be together will always find their way back to each other. As Sabrina chilled out in heaven, she was surprised to see Nick, who explained he went swimming and there was a “wicked undertow.”
The two kissed as he declared that they had forever and ever together.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Series Finale Recap – Sabrina Saves the World (4×08)
Sabrina Spellman always had one duty: to save Greendale from supernatural evils.
Over the course of four seasons, Sabrina put her life on the line countless times to save her Aunties, Ambrose, Harvey, Roz, Theo, Nick, and the rest of the coven.
Sabrina was the heroine and savior on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, so it’s only fitting that the series finale honored that, even if a Sabrina-less reality is a hard pill to swallow.
The final episode begins with Mary Wardwell reading The Eldritch Gospel to the congregation; she’s basically narrating the sequence of events in the finale.
It’s two days before Halloween, which means it’s two days before Sabrina’s 17th birthday!
After a movie-night with her mortal friends, which is basically code for an all-couple’s makeout sesh, Nick gifts Sabrina and early birthday present – a locket that will always allow him to find her.
They continue hooking up in her room as Sabrina Morningstar crashes through her mirror and shuts it behind her to trap the Void. As you’ll recall, she’s just outran the Endless and the Void on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Episode 7.
She tells her twin that she came back to warn them that the end of all things was on its way to “destroy everything.” Sadly, before she’s able to reveal any more information, she dies leaving Sabrina distraught and filled with guilt.
Headless Faustus feels the coming of the Void and orders his body to stand up and rejoin his head. He then reaches out to Mary for her help sewing it back into place, who, at this point, just does whatever he says without questioning it.
Sabrina and the team brainstorm ways to stop the Void as they prepare Sabrina Morningstar for burial.
The RO-Cosmos have vanished, which means that they’ve officially been consumed by the Void. The end is near!
As everyone rushes to the Academy, Sabrina stays behind at the Mortuary to spend some time with her late twin. As she looks for a way to destroy the Void, the Trinket Man shows up and offers her an exchange: Pandora’s Box for the Imp of the Perverse. Considering how dangerous the Imp was on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Episode 4, it’s probably best that it’s back where it belongs.
Pandora’s Box, on the other hand, sounds rather promising as it once contained all the evils and terrors of the universe.
However, trapping the Void is basically a suicide mission for Sabrina, who is told she’ll have to open it from inside the Void in order for it to be effective. This also means that the box may also suck her in too.
Knowing that everyone would try to stop her if they knew that she was planning the ultimate sacrifice, Sabrina writes a goodbye letter to all her loved ones.
The saddest part of the episode, though, is how upset and hurt Salem is by Sabrina’s selfless decision. She tells him that he’s been a good boy, orders him not to follow her, and turns the mirror to stone once she crosses over.
When she enters the Void, it’s not at all what you would imagine the “end” to look like. There’s literally a wall that says “The Void” along with planets floating around as if they were art installations. Honestly, it looks like Sabrina waltzed into some hipster art show in New York.
Salem makes a break for the Academy to inform them about Sabrina. Since the Void won’t let up its grip on her, the family decides to bring her soul back and place it into Sabrina Morningstar’s body. It’s a sound idea and while they are successful in their spell, they pull her back before she’s able to suck up all of the Void into the box.
When Sabrina awakens in Morningstar’s body, she swears she has to finish what she started, but Ambrose informs her that the Void has disappeared from the Observatory.
“It seemed to have worked,” everyone assures her, but Sabrina remains skeptical. Out of sight doesn’t always mean out of mind, and that’s definitely the case here.
Lilith learns that Sabrina has taken over Sabrina Morningstar’s body and uses it as a chip to get what she wants.
She trades that piece of information in exchange for her freedom (and powers) by informing Lucifer that his daughter, the Queen of Hell, has died.
Lucifer is so outraged that the witches are using Sabrina’s body as a vessel for Sabrina Spellman’s soul, that he promises to give Lilith whatever she wants.
Caliban is also outraged, and the duo vow to claim Sabrina’s body for the royal burial it deserves. While their desire to bury the Queen makes sense, neither stopped to consider that Sabrina Morningstar actually liked Sabrina Spellman since they were technically one and the same. She wouldn’t have wanted this, but again, that doesn’t stop either of them as they spell a handful of miners, including Harvey’s dad, to build a legion of demons to stand against Sabrina.
Meanwhile, Sabrina wakes up on her 17th birthday and while she attempts to make the best of it, she notices that things have begun to disappear. First her alarm clock is missing, then her food, and eventually, the cake with candles that she’s about to blow out for her birthday.
Before anyone can even figure out what’s going on, the witches are summoned by Lucifer and Caliban, who are waiting outside with Harvey’s demonic dad in tow.
Lucifer confronts his “false daughter” who admits to taking Sabrina Morningstar’s body. She agrees to pay the price and even surrenders her powers to him, but when the miners approach her, they begin disappearing.
Lucifer is shocked by her godlike powers and believes it’s proof that she must be destroyed.
Back in Hell, Lucifer plots Sabrina’s demise and ignores Lilith, who grows impatient that he isn’t restoring her powers and decides to take it from him by stabbing him with the sword and drinking his all powerful, celestial blood. Lilith is just full of surprises.
After she gets Lucifer’s powers, she banishes him from Hell by casting him to the Mortal realm in a brilliant twist that gives Lucifer a taste of his own medicine.
Back in the Mortal realm, Harvey interrogates Sabrina about what she did to his father. The more stressed out she becomes, however, the more people begin to disappear.
Ambrose asks everyone to keep calm and does a body scan on Sabrina, which reveals that her body is completely empty.
In blatant terms: Sabrina has become the Void. When the coven brought her soul back into Sabrina Morningstar’s body, they sucked some of the Void into her as well. As a result, she’s manifesting properties of the Void.
Worried about becoming too powerful, Sabrina zaps herself somewhere far, far away.
The coven realizes they have to finish what Sabrina started by trapping the Void in Pandora’s Box.
Nick says he can locate Sabrina with the locket he gave her for her birthday, but since her body floating around in space, he needs help breathing out there. Ambrose suggests the Weird as an oxygen mask. Who knew a terror could come in handy?
While Nick is out roaming time and space to find his girl and the box, the others embark on a mission to find Sabrina and the Void within her.
Sabrina exiled herself to the Mountains of Madness where Faustus Blackwood approaches her. Since he’s obsessed with the eldritch terrors, he offers to help her control the world devouring power.
Without much of a choice, Sabrina agrees under the condition that he’ll teach her to contain it, control it, and tell her where the others have disappeared.
Two weeks later faithful travelers arrive on the Mountain of Madness. They reveal themselves to be Prudence, Roz, Agatha, Ambrose and Salem, the familiar that led them to his master.
They’re shocked to see “the Priestess of Nothingness” emerge for her daily feeding; she’s dirty, weak, and using canes to walk.
Faustus informs them that Sabrina has taken a vow of silence to control the Void because any sudden movement will make things disappear.
The Weird Sisters tap into Blackwood’s mind to learn of his diabolical plan. They learn that he’s not here to help Sabrina, but instead, plans to find the rest of the Void, bring it down to Earth, combine it with the Void inside Sabrina, break her down, rip it out of her then consume and wield the power himself.
Sabrina is well aware of Blackwood’s intentions to sacrifice her, but she doesn’t care to leave with them because it’s too dangerous.
The Weird Sisters begin a spell to control Sabrina into leaving and as she resists and grows stressed, she swallows Prudence and Roz.
She begs Ambrose and Agatha to leave immediately and assures Ambrose she’ll see him at the end.
Back at home, Ambrose tells the Aunties that Sabrina used telepathy to tell him when to come back – during the Winter Solstice when Blackwood intends to enact his plan.
As timing would have it, Nick arrives from space with Sabrina’s body and the box.
Three days later, the coven arrives at the Mountains of Madness to extract the remainder of the Void inside of Sabrina using Pandora’s Box.
They find Sabrina on the sacrificial altar and stop Blackwood as he’s about to stab her. They convince him to change his mind by offering him Pandora’s Box along with all the other eldritch terrors that they’ve collected.
Blackwood’s greed gets the best of him, per usual, and he quickly learns the box is a phony which blows his eyes out. Nick also takes great pleasure in knocking Faustus out.
Sabrina is glad to see them, but informs them that they have no choice but to complete the sacrifice. She explains that she stuck with Blackwood to get a crash course on the Void, which revealed that she’s basically been absorbing the people that she’s made disappear.
Good news: they are still alive. Bad news: they’re inside of the Void a.k.a her.
To get them out, they have to cut her open and open the gateway, go inside, and bring them all out alive. They also have to bring the terrors inside of the Void to get rid of them forever.
And, most importantly, Nick is tasked with going inside and using Pandora’s Box to trap the remainder of the Void while also making sure to shut it before he’s pulled in forever.
Theo and Robin hold onto an unbreakable rope to ensure that everyone finds their way back out.
The Aunties and Agatha remain by Sabrina’s side as they cut her open and she begins bleeding out. As the others complete the world-saving mission, Sabrina gets very cold and begin seeing images from her childhood.
As more time passes, she says goodbye to all her loved ones one-by-one.
She dies saying goodbye to Nick as he exits the gateway having successfully closed the box and destroyed the Void.
His celebration is short-lived as he realizes his girlfriend died to save them all.
“She can’t, she’s Sabrina,” he says, which pretty much echoes how the rest of the fandom feels, but then again, with all of Sabrina’s near-brushes with death, this was almost unavoidable.
The Aunties hold a funeral for both Sabrina Spellman and Morningstar, who was often one and the same: cheerleader by day, Queen of Hell by Night.
A statue of Sabrina is also erected at the Academy next to Hecate to thank her for her bravery and selflessness.
Now, if you’re an avid watcher of the show, you’re probably waiting for that “gotcha” moment where everything is reversed and the coven finds a way to bring Sabrina back, but sadly, it never happens.
Hilda tells Zelda that she and Mr. C will move back to the Mortuary because “Spellmans have to stick together.” They attempt to imagine a world without their niece, and quite frankly, it’s impossible even for us mortals.
Prudence pays her father a little visit and does what she should have done a long time ago – she takes a chainsaw to his body so that she can scatter him to the four corners of the Earth so that he’ll never cause trouble again. He’s immortal, after all, so creativity was a must.
And then… the final scene. We see Sabrina, dressed in white, reading in the “Sweet Hereafter.”
A voice asks her if the seat next to her is taken and she realizes it’s Nick. He informs her that the undertow in the Sea of Sorrows got the best of him.
“We’re together here… forever and ever,” he tells her. “That is a plus,” she responds as they kiss for all of eternity.
And well, the audience is left with the comforting fact that Sabrina got her happily ever after; she’s finally at peace and with the love of her life.
Nick and Sabrina truly were #endgame.
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