Comics On TV

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Stars Tease Part 2's New Romance and 'Dirty Secret'

Find out what Kiernan Shipka and her castmates call a "devastating and brilliant" development in the second season of the Netflix drama.

by | April 5, 2019 | Comments

The long wait for more of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is over, as new episodes arrive on Friday.

When we left off, 16-year-old half-witch, half-mortal Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) had finally signed her name in the Book of the Beast, in turn devoting herself to the Dark Lord and the Church of Night in an attempt to disrupt the Church’s operations and prevent her hometown of Greendale from being overrun by the underworld.

Of course, Sabrina’s plan — or lack thereof — represents only one aspect of the new episodes, as Rotten Tomatoes learned from the cast when we visited the set back in November. Here are five highlights coming in Part 2.


1. Sabrina Strikes a Balance Between Two Worlds

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA - Kiernan Shipka (Netflix)

(Photo by Netflix)

Despite signing her name in the Book of the Beast, Sabrina will try to maintain a balance between her old (human) and new (witch) lives. And though those worlds are still very far apart, Shipka said, “they just feel an inch closer, which, I think, just sort of adds a bit of tension and a bit of excitement to the whole thing.”

She added that it still represents “a massive shift” in the dynamic between Sabrina and her best friends Roz (Jaz Sinclair) and Susie (Lachlan Watson), who will also face new challenges in the upcoming episodes. And while Sabrina wants to strike a true balance between her devotion to her friends and the Academy of Unseen Arts, the teen could potentially never find it.

“I think her life is going to be ever-changing,” Shipka explained. “Maybe she’ll find a spot that feels like it’s right, but … there is a very long haul to go before Sabrina finds any stability.”

Of course, rocking that stability will be the continued charade orchestrated by Madame Satan (Michelle Gomez) in the guise of Ms. Wardwell. As Shipka put it, their relationships will change as Sabrina feels more understood by Ms. Wardwell than anyone else in the mortal or witch worlds. But because of this, Madame Satan can steer Sabrina toward choices “in a way that Sabrina doesn’t even know is happening.”

“Clearly, that’s one of the few relationships in the show that Sabrina is a bit oblivious to,” Shipka added. “[But] as both of their agendas become increasingly different, it results in some shenanigans of sorts.”


2. Relationships Will Change

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA - Kiernan Shipka, Gavin Leatherwood (Netflix)

(Photo by Netflix)

Shenanigans of an entirely different sort will occur as hormones are added into the mix. For one thing, the sexuality on display at the Academy of Unseen Arts is something Sabrina still needs to adjust to.

“Sabrina sometimes feels like a fish out of water,” Shipka said. “There’s definitely a storyline about that.”

Meanwhile, she will continue to have conflicted feelings about breaking things off with her mortal boyfriend Harvey (Ross Lynch).

“To a certain extent there’s that love that’s always going to be there,” Shipka said. “I do think that she is a little broken. But I think that Sabrina’s a fixer. She likes to fix things.”

And as trailers and photos from the show’s second batch of episodes suggest, that fixing may involve one Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood). Nick and Sabrina will grow closer throughout Part 2.

“I think they really complement each other well, what with Sabrina taking on this darker edge and her witchy side. Nick’s really privy to that world and is a good partner, as far as all that goes,” Leatherwood said, adding that the obvious affinity Nick has for Sabrina will continue to be explored throughout the season. “He’s just starting to kind of dive into and explore what love is,” he added. While witches and warlocks are more prone to lust and passion, Nick’s curiosity about the mortal form of love could also lead him to become “a dark, jealous lover.”

Harvey won’t be pining for Sabrina all season long, as trailers for the season have revealed that the character might embark on a new romance with Roz. But there’s no betrayal there — Lynch said it’s a pretty organic development now that Sabrina is out of the picture.

“I think they’ve realized that they’ve always been really good friends, and they’ve always had a good connection,” he said. “They quite like each other and they bond over being mortals and being outside of the magic world.”

Sinclair said the possibility of a relationship between the characters was something of a “surprise” to read in the scripts, but “it almost feels like a little bit of an older version of Roz and Harvey come together because their relationship dynamic is just so different than Sabrina and Harvey.”

At the same time, the actress was concerned how it would change things between Roz and Sabrina. “One of the things that was really important to me was that I did put my friendship first in the script,” she said — which means you should expect a conversation between the two about Harvey sooner rather than later.


 3. Embracing Susie’s Non-Binary Truth

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA - Lachlan Watson (Netflix)

(Photo by Netflix)

While the gender-fluid nature of Susie Putnam was always present within Part 1, the story only had a few chances to focus on that aspect of the character. This will change in Part 2 as Susie continues to learn from the ghost of Dorothea Putnam (Anastasia Bandey) and further embrace the character’s truth.

“I think right now Susie’s on a bit of a solo crusade in a way,” Watson said, referring to the character with the gender-neutral pronoun “they.” “I think they’re still finding who they are as an individual, and I think it’s very jarring to see this one queer kid in this sea of people at Baxter High.”

Added the actor, who identifies as non-binary, “hopefully we’ll branch out a little bit past that.” Watson also expressed a hope that Susie will find a “less ghostly” life influence — “maybe even a non-binary person living their truth to see how that affects Susie and to see that positive relationship. I think that is so important to show people nowadays that a support group is everything. … It’s just such an incredible feeling, and it’s something that I, as a kid, wanted to see reflected back at me and never could. To have that opportunity to show that to the world has been amazing.”

Beyond learning about presenting an authentic self, Susie will also learn more about the Putnams’ past in Greendale and the family’s historic relationship to the Spellmans.


4. Hilda Continues Her Trek Into the Mortal World While Ambrose Gets a Reprieve

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA part 2 (Netflix)

(Photo by Netflix)

Though she’s spent decades as a helper, Hilda Spellman (Lucy Davis) continues her journey into the mortal world thanks to her job at the bookstore and a tentative relationship with its not-entirely-mortal proprietor, Dr. Cee (Alessandro Juliani). There will be what Davis described as “an issue” between two characters, but “it turns nice.” Also, the kindly Spellman sister will continue to come out of Zelda’s (Miranda Otto) shadow.

“I’ve just done an episode where it surprised me — an action that Hilda took in order to help Zelda,” she teased. “I was kind of pleased with it, and then I was like, ‘Oh, that’s big though, isn’t it?’”

Nonetheless, Davis is convinced the core of the character remains unchanged.

“She’s a helper,” she said. “But she’s also having her own life and doing some things that in the past Zelda would’ve said no to and she would’ve probably just obeyed.”

Meanwhile, Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) continues to stretch his legs a bit as the reprieve from his house arrest continues to widen — all thanks to Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle).

“It very much is a new world for him. The only experience he has of the world for the last 75 years has been lived vicariously through funerals, probably the internet, maybe a bit of Netflix, and his aunties,” he explained. “So he’s quite concerned and hesitant to jump right into the ranks of Blackwood’s society. But he’s very much drawn to power, as episode eight says, ‘drawn to powerful father figures.’ So he can’t resist it and help himself, but he’s still got his eye out.”

Ambrose’s need for strong father figures no doubt played a role in the Vatican job that lead to his house arrest in the first place, and Perdomo teased that those events will “haunt him to the point where he must do something about it. … Ambrose’s past is a cauldron, [and] it’s beginning to bubble.”


5. Zelda’s New Role

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA - Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto (Netflix)

(Photo by Netflix)

While the cast remained mainly tight-lipped about developments in the season that weren’t included in the trailer, just about everyone was excited to talk about Zelda’s upcoming change in status within the Church of Night. Though it’s too much of a spoiler to reveal specifics, the cast did offer a few reactions to the plot point.

“[Sabrina] has a lot of thoughts,” Shipka teased. “Surprise, surprise, she doesn’t keep her mouth shut [about it], either.”

Davis said the development was both “devastating and brilliant at the same time.”

Added Perdomo, “It just gets darker and creepier.”

As Otto explained, Zelda’s journey in season 2 “is very much about attaining power. [She’s] trying to realize some of her ambitions. She’s attracted to power like a moth to a flame, really.”

And while it is a very personal tale for Zelda, Otto said it mirrors some of Sabrina’s journey in Part 2 as Sabrina discovers her witch side and what her own power entails — which also means there will be some sacrifices for both. According to Otto, Zelda maintains a faith that it will be worth it to attain her goal.

“At times I think Zelda’s like a politician in that way,” she said. “She’s sort of playing a long game of where she wants to get the family to.”

Of course, one thing which could threaten her long-game plans is her decision to steal one of the Blackwood infants at the end of Part 1. Though the child was sent off to be raised by secluded witch Dezmelda (Brenda McDonald) at the conclusion of the Sabrina holiday special, the truth could still bubble up to the surface.

“That’s a dirty secret and it does plague Zelda,” Otto teased.


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 hits Netflix on Friday, April 5.

Tag Cloud

Film AMC Plus true crime Extras cars telelvision gangster HBO Go independent Rocky American Society of Cinematographers quibi 24 frames Neflix ViacomCBS Sony Pictures vs. Trailer travel spinoff Pride Month Hulu deadpool Oscar LGBTQ halloween 45 Reality CBS All Access Superheroe franchise GIFs 4/20 Lifetime Christmas movies sports 94th Oscars BET Awards genre toronto Quiz reboot Epix 93rd Oscars spider-verse adenture films blockbuster Martial Arts Pacific Islander ABC Tags: Comedy anthology adaptation dramedy spanish indiana jones E3 scary Stephen King Lifetime TCM BAFTA series wonder woman Mary Tyler Moore mutant space dogs Turner Classic Film BET heist movie vampires scorecard obituary jamie lee curtis Star Trek Sundance Now The Purge Apple casting 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nat Geo Ghostbusters crossover Cosplay Television Academy Exclusive Video BBC One Winners comic book movies Christmas 007 Hallmark all-time satire international 2018 tv talk Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt binge die hard Marathons boxing TV One marvel cinematic universe cats cults Wes Anderson Song of Ice and Fire book concert theme song worst Opinion Sneak Peek YouTube Television Critics Association archives VICE Fantasy italian Ovation discovery new star wars movies Black History Month LGBT child's play The Witch Video Games hidden camera Women's History Month WarnerMedia universal monsters 99% HBO Max based on movie Set visit Country aliens PaleyFest latino spain canceled TV shows target blockbusters prank godzilla South by Southwest Film Festival MTV Trophy Talk superman james bond NYCC singing competition psychological thriller First Reviews Rocketman History live action TBS green book Best Actress Pixar finale Musicals Spectrum Originals Disney Plus Fox News documentary political drama Dark Horse Comics Freeform Tarantino 21st Century Fox video OneApp Best and Worst TV movies BBC America fresh X-Men Infographic Cannes sequels lord of the rings Brie Larson Broadway video on demand zombies scene in color Marvel Television dark what to watch christmas movies HFPA Logo dreamworks Walt Disney Pictures directors cancelled Election SundanceTV streamig IMDb TV rt archives Paramount Network movie action-comedy Polls and Games football Pirates razzies SXSW 2022 Countdown TIFF docudrama stoner period drama E! TruTV NBA Character Guide MCU 2020 Disney robots sequel Box Office Red Carpet Cartoon Network spider-man Mudbound The Arrangement Netflix Christmas movies IFC politics A&E RT History Winter TV screen actors guild cancelled TV series Prime Video Endgame composers cinemax game show TV TCA toy story jurassic park news critics cops The Walking Dead chucky Peacock rt labs critics edition National Geographic Paramount Plus 20th Century Fox marvel comics Teen YA hispanic heritage month Mindy Kaling historical drama Star Wars Marvel ghosts cancelled TV shows El Rey cartoon new zealand Masterpiece Comedy comic medical drama zombie basketball slashers Toys Paramount crime thriller Calendar Emmys USA Network leaderboard Action DC streaming service japanese GLAAD rt labs Rock Spring TV stand-up comedy The CW Lucasfilm ABC Family Mary Poppins Returns romance Mystery anime San Diego Comic-Con foreign TCA 2017 revenge Mary poppins transformers Academy Awards documentaries Certified Fresh CNN new york Ellie Kemper NBC rotten movies we love ID Film Festival Emmy Nominations disaster ESPN young adult serial killer psycho Starz docuseries dexter Super Bowl Columbia Pictures Podcast movies book adaptation comic books YouTube Premium Comedy Central Premiere Dates hollywood USA blaxploitation children's TV live event Comic Book PlayStation laika free movies critic resources Image Comics cooking Bravo AMC WGN festivals asian-american Baby Yoda Disney streaming service MGM werewolf Oscars doctor who black comedy nbcuniversal Reality Competition breaking bad Amazon comics 2016 Pop TV Awards rom-coms Pop President unscripted HBO twilight crime sopranos Sundance Lionsgate renewed TV shows joker mcc criterion ratings First Look Apple TV+ TCA Winter 2020 rotten Fall TV Best Picture 73rd Emmy Awards art house hispanic romantic comedy Holidays olympics teaser Chernobyl venice hist facebook kong strong female leads screenings Tubi Photos streaming Legendary sag awards Heroines japan golden globes best 2017 Acorn TV dceu Travel Channel The Walt Disney Company Schedule Marvel Studios posters New York Comic Con saw king arthur 72 Emmy Awards 2019 know your critic war king kong 90s Avengers Black Mirror Best Director Writers Guild of America IFC Films animated ABC Signature Arrowverse TNT Apple TV Plus comiccon Valentine's Day elevated horror Superheroes stop motion Turner Classic Movies trailers Syfy Hallmark Christmas movies Family supernatural Biopics RT21 Trivia canceled MSNBC superhero DirecTV Tumblr Sundance TV Captain marvel Shudder FX adventure Warner Bros. social media TLC CBS witnail dc thriller The Academy Interview SDCC debate kids Universal feel good Drama Amazon Prime Hear Us Out aapi GoT Pet Sematary Hollywood Foreign Press Association comic book movie comedies Comics on TV richard e. Grant SXSW scary movies FXX nature boxoffice popular royal family APB australia Grammys golden globe awards award winner ITV Vudu batman Elton John Music pirates of the caribbean trophy Universal Pictures Instagram Live high school parents worst movies Sci-Fi Summer TV renewals halloween tv Adult Swim reviews 79th Golden Globes Awards OWN VOD crime drama VH1 Awards Tour Kids & Family television Amazon Prime Video summer preview FOX Comic-Con@Home 2021 Britbox Showtime Thanksgiving Best Actor Spike 1990s mockumentary mission: impossible 2015 indie CMT BBC Binge Guide technology Crackle spy thriller suspense harry potter spanish language Funimation remakes zero dark thirty fast and furious TV Land Amazon Studios Food Network justice league Creative Arts Emmys mob Rom-Com CW Seed Western monster movies french Fargo DGA summer TV Anna Paquin classics PBS south america science fiction black DC Comics sitcom Crunchyroll emmy awards Disney Channel nfl Netflix women Alien Holiday Tokyo Olympics Nickelodeon game of thrones Watching Series YouTube Red Esquire diversity natural history Discovery Channel summer TV preview biography festival Year in Review Chilling Adventures of Sabrina DC Universe name the review dragons cancelled television 2021 talk show slasher Tomatazos Shondaland Disney+ Disney Plus Animation police drama Musical miniseries a nightmare on elm street Nominations A24 obi wan biopic Fox Searchlight kaiju Horror streaming movies TCA Awards See It Skip It FX on Hulu legend versus 71st Emmy Awards