A disappointing end


Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Morningstar and Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle, filming a scene within a scene in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” (Diyah Pera/Netflix/TNS)

Alyssa Klimowski, Team Leader

  I remember when the first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina came out on Oct. 26, 2018. I was in 10th grade and I was trying to figure myself out. It came out at the perfect time and I got a feminist role model. Sabrina Spellman did not let anybody walk over her, including the Devil himself, Lucifer. Now, it’s three years later and the series has been cancelled. It’s final season was released on Dec. 31, 2020. 

   Season 1 started with Sabrina turning 16 and she had to sign the book of the beast. She didn’t know if it was the right decision for her because she wasn’t sure if she wanted to sign her soul to the devil. In the end, she signed the book to save her family and friends.

   Season 2 is dedicated to Sabrina’s attempts to stop Lucifer, whom she realizes is her father. Season 3 tells how Sabrina tries to become Queen of Hell to make sure it is in the right hands. Season 3 ends in Sabrina creating a time loop resulting in two Sabrinas.

   Season 4 is the last season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The problem to be solved in this season is the Eldritch Terrors. These are world-ending entities that have been summoned to Greendale by Father Blackwood. They consist of the Darkness, the Uninvited, the Weird, the Perverse, the Cosmic, the Returned, the Endless and the Void, in that order. Each episode deals with one Eldritch Terror.

   When I watched the first season, I thought the best of Sabrina. She was kind, loving, honest, powerful and obviously, a witch. She was a feminist icon in my book. She took care of herself. She didn’t let the boys save her at every turn, she saved herself. However, throughout the seasons, it seems that Sabrina’s decision making skills have gotten worse. She made some great decisions like creating a club dedicated to helping women with her friends. However, she also made some very bad ones like: resurrecting the dead and messing with time. It becomes evident when at the end of season 3 she creates a time loop and doesn’t close it, therefore creating two Sabrinas. One of the Sabrinas, Sabrina Morningstar, becomes Queen of Hell, the other Sabrina, Sabrina Spellman, goes back to the mortal world.

   While this season has some great music choices and a few call backs to the first season of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I believe that this is the worst season of the show. It was entertaining of course and it tied up some loose ends from season 3. I feel that the writers of the show rushed eight seasons worth of plot into eight episodes. 

   While I suggest that you watch the fourth season if you’ve already started the show, I don’t think it was necessary to end the way it did. I’m sad to say that the end came with the death of Sabrina Spellman. Whereas most shows end with the viewer feeling sad but content with each character’s ending, I left the show feeling upset for the 16-year-old who died because of an old man’s vengeance.