The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina holiday special hits Netflix Friday, December 14. In other good news, the show's second season will premiere April 5, 2019. Keep it coming, Netflix, we'll take all the Sabreenz we can get!
Last we saw Sabrina on our favorite feminist series, she signed her name in Satan’s Book of the Beast and promised to devote herself (and her newly impressive powers) to him. As viewers, we knew this was Madam Satan’s (also known as Lilith and Mrs. Wardwell) plan for Sabrina all along. Sadly, Sabrina did not.
After the big moment, she seemed to become a much different person. We even left off on a mischievous wink from Sabrina as she sauntered away with the Weird Sisters — the same Weird Sisters who were her arch frenemies for the majority of Season 1.
As we look forward to upcoming Spellman Christmas shenanigans, we have many questions about the dark holiday traditions of Satan’s worshippers.
The special picks up at least a few weeks after the events of the Season 1 finale. Instead of Christmas, the Spellmans celebrate the Winter Solstice, or the longest night of the year, which is fitting, isn’t it? As Aguirre-Sacasa puts it, holidays in Greendale are more ritualistic than celebratory — but the witches still have fun.
"To most of Greendale, it’s Christmas. But for the Spellmans, because they’re witches, they celebrate Winter Solstice, which is a pagan holiday, which is similar to Christmas in some ways," Aguirre-Sacasa shared. "For instance, they put up a tree, but rather than call it a Christmas tree, they call it a yule tree. You learn about one of the most important witch traditions, which is the burning of the yule log. However, for witches, the burning of the yule log is a precaution to keep nasty things from crawling down the chimney."
"The other thing is, Christmastime is traditionally a big time for ghost stories and ghost visitations," he continued, "A Christmas Carol being the best example of that. So Sabrina gets it into her head that she’s going to have a seance to contact her mother. So, that’s another way that witches celebrate the holidays on our show."
Aguirre-Sacasa also shed light on whether the holiday special is a standalone episode or a connector between Seasons 1 and 2.
"It’s a little bit of both, to be honest," he said. "When we decided that we were going to try to do a special episode to drop around Christmas, we wanted it to be a standalone insofar that everything you need to enjoy the episode is in the episode. But there are elements that we serialized through the first part of the season that we did have to carry through and help us set up the second part of the season."
The finale also delivered on the promise of a "changed" Sabrina, but that will have to wait until after the holidays.
"She’s definitely on a different course in the second half of Season 1," Aguirre-Sacasa said. "She’s exploring her witch side and her witch school much more fully. The Christmas special is a transitional episode that carries us over that hump. The Sabrina in the holiday special is much more like the Sabrina from Season 1 than the Sabrina we’re going to meet in the second half."
Sabrina’s biggest battle in Season 1 was her looming feud with Satan, and her ultimate goal was to put an end to his evil ways. Now that she’s signed the Book of the Beast, will this mission continue?
"That’s a very big question," Aguirre-Sacasa acknowledged. "What’s driving her? What’s shifted? And will she get back to that quest? Those are the big questions for Sabrina."
As for the other heroes of Greendale, there’s much more to come. Will Sabrina’s friends accept her for who she is?
"That’s a big theme in the second half as well," Aguirre-Sacasa teased.
Are you excited for the next ten episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? We are! We’re more than ready for a Sabrina Spellman who can let loose and have fun with her magic — even if that means leaning to the dark side for a hot minute.
Side note, can we please not do a love triangle between Harvey, Sabrina, and Nick Scratch? Why is there a love triangle in every teen show? We had just about enough of that in The Vampire Diaries, so let's hope Harvey and Sabrina work things out.