Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Episode 4 was a wild ride and one of the stronger installments of the season.
Though, that may just be me being biased as I love an episode that alters reality to test the characters.
Everything seemed rather dandy at the kickstart of the episode as Sabrina pitched her student council speech to her Aunties, Dr. C, and Ambrose.
However, they warned her not to underestimate the very real threat of the eldritch terrors coming to Greendale.
While Sabrina was busy planning her and Roz’s speech, Roz was delivering one of her own to Harvey to tell him that she’s a Sentinel, a seer that sees things others can’t.
Harvey is understandably shocked, which leads him to deliver one of the most iconic lines in the series: “Why does every girl I fall in love with turn out to be a witch?”
The moment is only made better by Theo’s response: “Maybe you’ve got a type.” Truth.
Meanwhile, a man bearing occult trinkets walks into the Pilgrims of the Night Church. Faustus Blackwood steals the imp of the perverse from him in an attempt to warp reality.
Prudence is on duty observing the realms and realizes something ominous is happening. She calls upon her fellow Sentinels, Roz and Mambo Marie, so she can focus her sight and find Faustus.
Once she locates him, she goes there with the intention of killing him, but by the time she arrives, he has already made a wish on the imp to become Emperor.
Reality, as we know it, has been altered.
When the wish is granted, Prudence finds herself without any recollection of the past. She’s donning a uniform as Emperor Blackwood’s Lieutenant and preparing for his birthday celebrations.
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Back at Baxter High, now Blackwood High, Sabrina and Roz, aware that something is very wrong, walk out of the bathroom to a very distorted and unrecognizable reality – one that praises the Emperor, who is more of a dictator reminiscent of the Nazi regime.
What’s worse is that Sabrina Spellman’s picture is displayed in the hallway as “public enemy number 1,” which prompts her to embrace a new look: brown hair and glasses… a far cry from the blonde bob and cherry red lips!
Roz and Samantha (her new name) stick around for class and realize that reality is even more bizarre than they could’ve ever imagined.
Harvey leads the class in a pledge of allegiance to Blackwood, while Wardwell hammers it home that witches are no good, very bad beings who are trying to ascend.
Emperor Blackwood pays the class a visit in honor of his birthday, but instead of a celebration, it’s more of a witchhunt as he accuses Robin Goodfellow of being a witch because of his green hair and pointy ears. That’s an eye-roll, even for Blackwood.
When Robin, who we know is a hobgoblin, escapes, the guards take Theo instead for assisting him.
Sabrina and Roz regroup after “class” to figure out what’s going on and why they’re the only two that seem to remember reality. Sabrina figures that they’re probably immune since they’ve both had contact with an eldritch terror – Roz touched the uninvited on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Episode 2 while Sabrina was a host for the Weird on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Episode 3.
They decide to head over to the Mortuary to get some answers, but they immediately realize reversing this terror isn’t going to be as easy as they hoped. Not only is the house marked as one where witches live, but Ambrose has no recollection of Sabrina. This makes things a bit problematic as Ambrose has been the key to helping Sabrina solve nearly every eldritch terror thus far. Without his vast knowledge of the arts, she has no one to rely on.
Roz decides she’s going to try to appeal to the real Harvey she knows is in there somewhere, while Sabrina ventures to the Academy, which, sadly, is also marked.
Neither Nick nor Zelda remember Sabrina, but that’s to be expected as everyone is under this eldritch spell.
When Sabrina removes her disguise, Zelda realizes that public enemy number one just waltzed into her school. Desperately, Sabrina does a spell to restore Zelda’s memories, but it wears off almost immediately.
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Zelda runs out to the foyer to welcome Blackwood, who is also paying a visit to the Academy to look for forbidden literature and art.
The choir sings him a song, but he’s unimpressed and calls out Nick for his lack of participation. He requests that Nick sings a solo and Sabrina spells him to sing from behind the curtains. And it’s a good thing she does cause not only is Nick a looker, he’s also got a great set of pipes.
Alas, Blackwood is unimpressed and arrests Nick for being a “witch.” It’s unclear on what grounds but this is Blackwood’s world so whatever he says goes.
Roz isn’t having any better luck trying to talk sense into Harvey. He doesn’t want to hear any talk of witches, and he most certainly doesn’t want to hear Sabrina’s name. Eventually, she gives up.
Sabrina attempts to get to Zelda by reminding her of her familiar, which seems to trigger something in Zelda as she secretly her the name of a book at the local bookstore.
Ambrose finally musters up the courage to leave Greendale, and when he does, he remembers everything.
He sees the trinket man, who informs him that Blackwood stole the imp of the perverse to reshape the universe in his image.
While he doesn’t have another imp, he does offer him the sacred stone of omphalos, the stone of reality that could presumably restore reality.
The only catch is that once Ambrose goes back across the border, his mind would pervert again and he’d only have about 30 seconds of lucidity.
Ambrose figures he has to find a way to teleport in when Robin swoops in and offers to help with his superspeed.
Sabrina arrives at the bookshop and asks Hilda for the “Haxan.”
Hilda is flabbergasted but tells Sabrina and Roz that they can follow her into the back where she introduces them to the resistance, a group of witches plotting against the tyranny of Blackwood. Even when Hilda doesn’t remember who she is, she’s still a badass!
Amongst the witches is Agatha, who is not crazy and remembers everything. She informs Sabrina that Blackwood doesn’t know she’s sane, so she’s been operating as a bit of a double agent.
As they ponder how to kill an immortal and destroy the imp, which Blackwood keeps by his side at all times, Ambrose and Robin pop in. He quickly tells Sabrina about the stone, but runs out of time before telling her how to awaken people with it.
Hilda recalls that Titan Cronus ate the stone, which isn’t something any of them can do, but Hilda suggests making it into stone soup. And it works!
In no time, Ambrose and the rest of the group regain their memories and begin plotting the destruction of the imp during the executions aka Blackwood’s birthday.
Sabrina delivers the soup to Zelda at the Academy, while Roz stays behind with the resistance.
Harvey and another guard enter Hilda’s after getting calls about secret meetings at her establishment. When Harvey checks in the back, he finds Roz and the rest of the group. She begs him not to out them and offers herself as sacrifice.
Agatha returns to home only to be confronted about being a traitor and told she’ll be participating in the executions.
The following day, Blackwood starts by punishing Nick. He places heavy stones onto him until he “tells the truth” about being a witch.
As part of the plan, Sabrina reveals herself to Blackwood while Ambrose tries to destroy the imp, but they’re unsuccessful as Blackwood is still in control of reality.
Sabrina throws the stone at Blackwood, which begins to work. Slowly but surely, everyone begins getting their memories back including Prudence, who informs them that Blackwood keeps the imp in a safe at Dorian’s.
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Somehow, Sabrina manages to find the time to flirt with ex, and Roz calls her out on it, and it’s a necessary lighthearted moment amidst a very tense and dark episode.
Sadly, it turns out that the second imp is also a fake. It occurs to Sabrina that it has to be something people would be afraid to touch, and thus, she realizes it’s Blackwood’s rottweiler.
As reality restores itself, Prudence drives a sword through Blackwood before he can make his wish.
Roz and Sabrina walk out of the bathroom and breathe a sigh of relief when they realize they’re back at Baxter High.
Harvey apologizes to Roz about not being supportive about her being a witch.
Sabrina embraces her and Roz’s running slogan: witches united. She publicly redefines the term witches in a positive light by saying it means they are “powerful, disruptive women” who are champions of the oppressed, supporters of the other, unapologetic feminists, and who embrace that the shadow has its own power.
It’s a very pivotal moment in terms of these two women who they are and the powers they possess.
Back at the Academy, Prudence informs the coven that since she couldn’t kill Blackwood, she did the next best thing: brought his head on a platter. As Zelda puts it, “it’s a fitting end for his kind.”
Blackwood has caused way too much damage these past four seasons.
Nick grabs Sabrina for a heart-to-heart and informs her that he still has feelings for her. He refuses to deny that part of himself any longer, and when she asks him about his fling with Prudence, he says it wasn’t the real thing like his relationship with her.
And then, he utters the words we’ve been waiting for since the trailer – “Sabrina, we’re endgame.”
All in favor of Nick and Sabrina forever, raise your hands and comment below!
What did you think of the episode?
When Is Season 3 of ‘Ginny and Georgia’ Coming Out?
Ginny and 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.
The second season of Ginny and 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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Of course, Netflix has to renew the series for a third season. As of March 28, 2023, it has not given the show a green light for additional episodes.
Fans shouldn’t be too worried, however, as a renewal is very likely considering the show’s performance, the rabid fan base, and the fact that season 3 ended on such a cliffhanger—Netflix knows that fans will be clamoring for another season to see how the situation resolves itself.
As for a premiere date, well, there isn’t one just yet. Until the series is renewed and production begins, it’s a bit too 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, 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.
Either way, when Netflix makes an official decision, you’ll be the first to know as we’ll update this article accordingly!
Until then, you can gear up for the final season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Riverdale, and Firefly Lane!
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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