Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman. Credit: Netflix

The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina has defied recent reports by revealing its release date as October 26. Here’s what to expect in the upcoming series.

Most fans weren’t expecting to see The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina hit Netflix until early next year.

However, the late October release is a clever move for this dark re-imagining of Sabrina The Teenage Witch. The show’s spooky themes will make it stand out to anyone looking for a Halloween binge watch.

Here’s what to expect from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

A much darker backstory for Sabrina Spellman

In Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Sabrina’s reason for living with her aunts is complicated, but not sinister. Sabrina’s father, Edward, is a warlock. While he loves Sabrina, he is often very busy, and therefore absent.

Meanwhile, Sabrina cannot look upon her mortal mother, Diana, without turning her into a ball of wax. So, she lives with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. In the final episode, Zelda temporarily took Diana’s curse upon herself to allow Diana to attend Sabrina’s wedding.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book, on which the TV series will be based, changes things drastically. In this version, Edward drives Diana insane when he forcibly removes Sabrina from her custody, before placing her with Hilda and Zelda to be trained as a witch.

Sabrina was too young to remember any of this. Her aunts raise her to believe Diana died when she was small.

Sabrina will be more conflicted between her magic and mortal lives.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The new Sabrina and Harvey. Credit: Netflix

In the original series, Sabrina was surprised to discover that she was a witch, but adapted rather quickly. Eventually, the need to tell her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle the truth became a source of conflict.

Sabrina’s fears were due to not knowing how Harvey would react. Hilda and Zelda like Harvey. If he accepted Sabrina’s witchy side, there’s no reason why they couldn’t be together.

Chilling Adventures takes a much different path. In this series, Sabrina must choose between magic, or the mortal Harvey. Her aunts, devotees of the Church of The Night, are quite desperate for her to choose magic.

Shocking Early Deaths For Fan-Favourite Characters

Harvey sees something he shouldn’t. Credit: Archie Comics

Sabrina The Teenage Witch was a rare series that never faced the death of a regular character, except for one theory regarding the unexplained departure of one of Sabrina’s college friends.

That will not be the case for Chilling Adventures. If the show sticks close to the comics, Harvey Kinkle will be killed off early on, murdered by witches to keep him from revealing their secrets.

Sabrina later tries to resurrect Harvey, with… complicated results.

A very different Salem

Salem, Sabrina’s familiar, has never been an ordinary cat. In the earlier series, he was really Salem Saberhagen, a Warlock sentenced to a century in cat form as punishment for a failed attempt to take over the world. This Salem provided an extra dose of comedy when needed.

Taking over the world? That’s nothing. The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’s Salem actually tried to end the world. Yet, all signs point to him being a voice of reason, and possibly a slightly more heroic figure this time around. This Salem has been promised that if he successfully protects Sabrina, his humanity will be restored.

A Possible Riverdale Crossover

Jughead has a bad night in Greendale. Credit: CW

Originally, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina was intended as a straight spin-off of Riverdale, taking place in Greendale, the town on the other side of Sweetwater River. Over time, Sabrina’s connection to Archie and friends has become slightly less clear.

We know that Chilling Adventures is still set in Greendale. We’ve also seen Riverdale characters visiting Greendale, running into spooky goings on while there.

So, its not beyond the realm of possibility to expect a crossover at some point in the future. Even if it’s just a one-off, wacky alternate universe episode.

We’ll know more when The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina premieres on Netflix on October 26.

Kristy is a young woman with a passion for Popculture. She loves to write about movies, TV, and cartoons.


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