All may be calm, but all is not bright when Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns for its fourth and final season on Netflix.
2020 may not have been the best, but we were lucky enough to get two seasons of the series in the span of one year.
The beginning of the end introduces audiences to a rather calm Greendale; it’s so calm that the Fright Club hasn’t had a reason to get together and Sabrina is actually questioning her decision to stay in this realm rather than reign as the Queen of Hell. She even entertains the idea of paying Sabrina Morningstar a quick visit in Hell, but Ambrose immediately shuts it down informing his Coz that there may be cataclysmic dangers to the two of them being in the same place at the same time.
Without no evil to ward off, Sabrina is feeling rather useless and alone, especially as all her friends are coupled up. Roz and Harvey are still smitten with each other, Puck and Theo are still going strong, and Nick and Prudence are heating up. So, it’s not surprising that Sabrina is feeling single AF.
To curb her boredom, Hilda gives her a not-so-brilliant idea: give the Fright Club a spooky reason to get back together.
With Salem’s help, Sabrina conjures up Bloody Mary a.k.a everyone middle school millennial’s biggest fear. The show’s Bloody Mary works similarly to the urban legend that floated throughout the halls: if you say “Bloody Mary” three times in the mirror and she shows up.
When Billy takes to the halls screaming after his encounter with the frightening, bloodied ghost, the Fright Club doesn’t waste time eagerly leaping back into action to protect their town.
However, despite Bloody Marry’s chilling demeanor, the whole scene is rather anti-climatic.
After the Fright Club successfully helped fend off the Pagan’s, this “threat” is like beginner’s monster-hunting for them.
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Harvey, who gets all of Bloody Mary’s guts splattered on him in a moment he calls “amazing,” and Theo don’t catch on to the facade as quickly as Roz does thanks to her cunning.
She confronts Sabrina about the staged “evil,” and Sabrina confesses that she did it because she missed her friends, which leads Roz to acknowledge the sad but real reality that they’re all changing and growing up. They’ll always be friends, but they’re going to drift and go in their own directions. It’s a harsh realization for Sabrina, who is used to being at the center of everything for the past few seasons (which have really only spanned a year, believe it or not!)
Of course, this is Greendale, so the boredom doesn’t last for long. Spectral miners, soldiers of the Absolute Darkness – the first Eldritch Terror seemingly summoned by Faustus Blackwood, now the leader of the Pilgrims of the Night church – have descended upon the small town to snuff out all the light.
Their darkness is suffocating and preys on everyone’s biggest insecurities and fears. All of the Spellmans have a brush in with the miners. Ambrose and Sabrina spot them knocking out lights around town, while Zelda and Hilda come face-to-face with one that has infiltrated the Academy of the Unseen Arts.
Ambrose and Sabrina astral-project the the source of the darkness: the 1943 disaster that saw miners dying in darkness, but they quickly retreat when they realize they aren’t physically or emotionally prepared.
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When the power goes out across Greendale, Ambrose, Sabrina, Nick and Prudence quickly concoct a plan to confront the first terror before the darkness consumes Greendale and shortly, the rest of the world.
Ambrose’s plan is to attack the darkness on multiple fronts.
Nick eagerly teams up with the Fright Club to lure out the miners with light so that they are not an obstacle. Prudence seeks out the help of Zelda, her lover Mambo Marie, and the rest of the coven, who now worship the Dark Mother Hecate.
And Sabrina gets her wish as she visits Sabrina Morningstar in Hell and asks for her to join her as she travels to the center of the darkness so they can get illuminate it from within.
Hell is one heck of a party as Sabrina witnesses prom night, which Sabrina Morningstar says happens every night. Okay, so maybe hell really is hell disguised as “fun.” Who wants to do prom night every night!?
Sabrina Morningstar agrees to help Sabrina because “a threat to one is a threat to both.” She’s the first to go into the void.
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But even the Queen of Hell isn’t immune to being tormented and dragged down by her insecurities. In the same way that intrusive thoughts work in real life, Sabrina Morningstar begins to believe the voice that’s repetitively vocalizing her biggest fears such as no one loving her.
When the light begins to dim again, Sabrina enters the void and finds Sabrina Morningstar in shambles. She attempts to convince her to ignore the negative self-talk, and the duo once again begin to snuff out the darkness together as the voice intensifies in an attempt to shut them down.
Ambrose notices that the Sabrinas are being overpowered and calls upon Prudence and the rest of the coven to help two “sister’s” out.
Of course, poor Zelda and Hilda had no idea that Sabrina was literally inside the darkness, but when do they ever truly know what she’s up to?
Hearing the support of their Aunties and the coven, Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar gain the strength and confidence to successfully defeat the first Eldritch terror and save Greendale.
Faustus Blackwood tells Sister Julia (previously known as Agatha) that while they didn’t succeed with darkness engulfing the planet, there are still eight other terrors and each one more harrowing than the next.
As Blackwood plots Greendale’s demise, Sabrina agrees to go on two dates with “inexperienced” Carl from Baxter High and Melvin from the Academy. Two boyfriends for Sabrina? She’s always up for the challenge.
After saving the world yet again, Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar vow to keep their friendship a secret and celebrate with a little dance party together.
Other Important Moments
- Wardwell doesn’t seem to be doing all that well and turning to alcohol to drown her demons. Of course, this makes her an easy target for the Pilgrims of the Night church as she attends one of Blackwood’s seminars and then successfully embraces the darkness so that she doesn’t die. Does she remember what happened to her?
- Zelda and Mambo Marie are together and getting hot and heavy.
- Hilda and Dr. Cerebrus are the cutest.
- Riverdale apparently has condom machines in school, which is fitting if you’ve ever seen an episode of Riverdale.
When Is Season 3 of ‘Ginny and Georgia’ Coming Out?
Ginny & Georgia centers on the heartwarming yet extremely complicated bond between a mother and her daughter after they put down roots in a New England town.
With so many compelling storylines and incredible characters of all ages, it’s no wonder that the coming-of-age drama has become a fan favorite among Netflix audiences.
And that’s why fans can get excited as the streaming giant renewed the series for two additional seasons—yes, that’s right, season 3 and 4 are officially happening.
The cast of the series took to Instagram to announce the good news:
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The second season of Ginny & Georgia premiered on Jan. 5, 2023, which means that a third season is likely far off, especially considering Brianne Howey, who plays Georgia, just announced her first pregnancy, which will possibly delay filming.
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As for a premiere date, well, there isn’t one just yet. With the writers’ strike ongoing, it may be a bit before production begins so it’s difficult to come up with a date for new episodes. The season could likely arrive in February 2024 if we’re looking at the previous premieres for both seasons 1 and 2, which both debuted at the start of 2021 and 2023, respectively.
But with Howey’s pregnancy thrown into the mix and the writers’ strike, that could delay things a bit, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing if the series returned during the summer when there’s a lull in content and fans are seeking out something to binge-watch and get invested in.
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Who Is Rhys Montrose on ‘YOU’ Season 4?
YOU Season 4 introduced a plethora of new characters as it revamped the series with a murder mystery format.
*Warning – stop reading if you haven’t finished YOU Season 4 – Spoilers Ahead *
The shakeup made sense considering Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) uprooted his life following the fiery events in Madre Linda that killed Love Quinn and started over in London, assuming the identity of Professor Jonathan Moore.
Rather quickly, he got pulled into an elite group thanks to his co-worker and neighbor, Malcolm Harding (Stephen Hagan), who was the season’s first victim. Joe/Jonathan naturally despised Malcolm’s group, though he did find Rhys Montrose (Ed Speleers), an author running for Mayor of London, to be a bit of a kindred spirit. They came from the same broken background and shared many of the same views.
As the first half of the season unraveled, Joe sought out advice from Rhys on a handful of occasions, engaging in plenty of long heart-to-hearts with him, so it was kind of shocking when it was revealed that Rhys, as audiences have come to know him, was never real.
Rhys Montrose existed, yes, but he was never friends with Joe, nor was he the Eat the Rich Killer. The version of Rhys that Joe bonded with was a hallucination conjured up by his subconscious to protect himself and eliminate his darker, more deranged thoughts.
For much of the season, we saw Joe desperately trying to set himself free from Rhys’ grasp. At first, he saw him as public enemy #1, who somehow figured out Joe’s real identity and roped him into a murder spree by threatening to frame him for the deaths if Joe refused to participate.
However, once Joe realized that Rhys was a figment of his imagination, he began to look for ways to silence the evil little voice forever, while also trying to figure out a plan to cover up the death of the real Rhys Montrose.
Joe was tasked with killing the mayoral candidate, who he assumed at the time was the Eat the Rich Killer, by Kate’s (Charlotte Ritchie) father, Tom Lockwood. When he arrived at Rhys’ secret countryside hideout and tied him up, he was infuriated that Rhys claimed not to know who he was, nor would he admit to kidnapping Marienne (Tati Gabrielle). Eventually, Joe’s rage and anger took over, and he “accidentally” killed Rhys, which is when fake Rhys showed up and revealed that Joe was having a semi-psychotic break.
In the end, Joe’s suicide attempt ensured that his hallucinations were forever gone, though he did embrace the darkness he was trying so hard to snuff out, making him more dangerous than ever.
As for the real Rhys Montrose’s killer, he pinned it all on poor Nadia (Amy-Leigh Hickman), a fan of Rhys’s from the beginning, who flew too close to the sun in her attempts to bring down Joe Goldberg. If only she just listened to Marienne’s advice.
A huge congrats to the YOU team for pulling off yet another jaw-dropping twist, and to both Badgley and Speleers for completely immersing themselves in their dual characters.
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Just when you thought you figured out where the season was headed, YOU pulls out the rug from under you yet again.
I’m definitely starting to feel the whiplash that Joe/Jonathan must be feeling right about now.
Things have gone from crazy to crazier rather quickly, as Rhys unveiled his true plan—along with how Joe is involved—while Joe came out victorious in front of the elite group once again, and all while a new suspect started piecing things together and realizing that Joe knows way more than he’s led on.
While Joe spent numerous hours trying to figure out a plan to get close to Rhys, Rhys just appeared at Joe’s place one night without so much as lifting a finger. Joe may think he’s the invisible one in the city, but for a man who’s so well-known and loved, Rhys seems to get around without anyone noticing.
And he made the rules of the game very clear—either Joe finds someone to frame for all the deaths or he goes down as the Eat-the-Rich killer, which isn’t exactly ideal. A little incentive goes a long way, so while Joe tried to distance himself initially, he couldn’t shake the desire for self-preservation and took the bait. He took the task rather seriously as it was either kill or be killed; he knew someone had to go down for it, but it had to be the right person.
With time running out, he genuinely began to consider Connie, but despite being an irrelevant character, he couldn’t justify pinning it on someone who was struggling with addiction and trying to turn their life around. Connie wasn’t a threat to anyone, except for maybe himself, so Joe couldn’t justify destroying his life.
But Dawn, well, she fell right into his lap. The few times we saw her snapping photos of the elite, and focusing on Joe–including when she spotted him at Rhys’ mayoral rally—I was convinced that she recognized him from his previous life. And that seems to be what the series wanted me to think so that they could pull a fast one on us because when Dawn pulled Phoebe aside to a “safe room” to keep her protected from the killer, it was revealed that Dawn was just an obsessive stalker who was connived that she was friends with the elite, Phoebe in particular. Dawn was a threat to a lot of people, so Joe took advantage of it. He framed her by planting Simon’s ear in her belongings, and since no one would ever believe a word she said over Phoebe’s accounts of what happened, Dawn couldn’t prove her innocence. Plus, she made an ideal suspect since she was at nearly every single event where a murder occurred as she was stalking the group. I mean, it couldn’t have been any more perfect if Joe had tried to plan it himself.
However, his heroics did raise some questions from Nadia, his student and the lover of all murder mysteries. She noticed that Jonathan seemed to be at the center of every single scenario, oftentimes being championed as a hero, though he’s not actually connected to any of these people in any meaningful way. It’s a dangerous thing to play detective, especially when you’re setting your sights on Joe Goldberg. Jonathan seems to like Nadia, but if she threatened him, I don’t think Joe would hesitate to take her down. Self-preservation is his M.O., remember?
Once Joe thought he finally got Rhys off of his back by framing Dawn, he decided to give into his desires and pursue a relationship with Kate. Honestly, Kate makes some really poor decisions, starting with just accepting Jonathan for who he is now and promising never to ask questions about his past. She wants someone to see her for who she is in the moment so badly that she’s letting logic take a backseat. Why would someone want to deny their past so badly unless they did something truly unforgivable? Kate wants to shed her past because of her connection to her father and she thinks that makes her and Jonathan equal, but they are not the same.
By the time she realizes the truth about who Joe is, it might be too late.
As for Rhys, did Joe think he was really going to get rid of him that easily? Rhys has always wanted a friend to help him get to the finish line so to speak. He believes that they are the same, so he wasn’t going to just let Joe slip away.
And while his motive wasn’t evident at first, he seems hellbent on taking out those who don’t deserve their success and wealth. The three victims, Malcolm, Simon, and Gemma, all threatened his mayoral run in some way, so they were taken care of, and now, he’s setting his sights on the ultimate villain–Kate’s father. She may have a complicated relationship with her tycoon dad, but I don’t think Kate would ever want to see anything bad happen to him, let alone at the hands of the man she’s in love with.
However, Rhys doesn’t seem to give Joe much of a choice as he still holds all of the cards. One might think that Joe could just handle this in the same way he always does, but well, you can’t just try to kill a killer. He’d see that coming from miles away. Joe needs to be strategic and deliberate in his plan, so for now, he has to play along. I, for one, am curious to see what all the hubbub is about Kate’s father–is he really as terrible as she makes him out to be?
As for Rhys, what is the catch? Fans were disappointed with the first half of the season since his reveal as the killer was obvious—and his motives, including his desire to kill Kate’s father–are exactly shocking or game-changing. What are we missing?
What did you think of the episode?
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