Comics On TV

What to Know About Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Before Watching Part 3

Catch up with who's possessing who at the start of a new season of Sabrina, and find out what new threats will force the witches to rally around the Devil they know.

by | January 24, 2020 | Comments

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns this week for what Netflix calls “Part 3” and it seems like forever since we spent any time in Greendale — Part 2 debuted last April.

The series, about a teenager who tries to manage her witchy responsibilities with a more normal, human adolescence, is a far cry from both of the Archie Comics that inspired it: the classic Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the more recent Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which recast her into a gothic horror mode. But it redrafted many of those ideas into something often compelling and something with a strong through-line — Sabrina’s attempt to create an accord between the witch and mortal world, even if demonic powers often tempt her towards a darker side.

But as it grew in its first two parts, Sabrina also became a show about her family, her friends, and at least a little bit about Greendale itself — a quaint American town whose fascination with the macabre may stem from it being located in the same place where Lucifer Morningstar (Luke Cook) fell from grace eons ago.

With that in mind, there’s plenty to recall, so let’s take a quick refresher on Sabrina and the world which surrounds her.

Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 keyart Kiernan Shipka (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netlfix)

Click photo to see full keyart.

In a bid to save her Greendale, Sabrina signed her name into the Book of the Beast and completed her Dark Baptism, as is tradition in her coven. She also transferred to the Academy of Unseen Arts, a school for witches and warlocks. Along the way, she broke up with her mortal boyfriend Harvey Kinkle and began dating Nicholas Scratch. Nevertheless, she tried to maintain her human ties – going so far as to plan exposing herself as a witch to the Greendale locals.

This ultimately failed as Father Blackwood, leader of the Church of Night, inched ever closer to putting Sabrina under his sway. But that attempt also failed as Lucifer is actually Sabrina’s father and Sabrina resurrected herself as the Herald of Hell — a display of power which makes her uniquely suited to rule by her father’s side. Not that she wants any of that, though. She has school to consider.

Instead of journeying to Hell as its queen, she will enter its gates to retrieve Nick (more on him shortly). And if that works out, she might learn more about her mother’s side of the family.

Zelda Spellman (Miranda Otto

Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netlfix)

Aunt Zelda’s affair with Blackwood continued into a full-blown marriage. But life with the ambitious Church of Night leader was anything but blissful. Eventually, Zelda returned home to the Spellman Mortuary, losing access to the Blackwood twins in the process. But by the time Satan returned to the world, she was solidly devoted to preventing him from taking Sabrina as his bride. And for all of her troubles, she declared herself the High Priestess of what remained of the Church of Night.

Hilda Spellman (Lucy Davis)

Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netflix)

Aunt Hilda sought more autonomy from her sister as Part 2 wore on. At first, she decided to get a mortal job at the bookshop-café in town. She then pursued a relationship with the business’s proprietor, Dr. Cerebus (Alessandro Juliani), only to learn he was possessed by an incubus. Meanwhile, she also braced for a life without her sister by planning Zelda’s wedding. The two would eventually live under one roof again, but the desire for her own life continues to press at their bond.

Ambrose Spellman  (Chance Perdomo

Chance Perdomo as Ambrose Spellman in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netflix)

Blackwood’s plan to break the family apart led to Ambrose getting an early release from his centuries-long house arrest for an attempt to blow up the Vatican. He also became part of Blackwood’s inner circle — the Judas Society — and began dating Luke Chalfant (Darren Mann), another of Blackwood’s elite students (who was later killed by a band of witchunters). His loyalty waned as he came to know Blackwood better and, ultimately, stood against him when his ambition to turn the Church of Night into his own cult of personality was revealed.

Oddly enough, Ambrose will spend at least a portion of Part 3 hunting his former mentor.

Rosalind Walker (Jaz Sinclair

Jaz Sinclair as Roz in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netflix)

After accepting the loss of her eyesight — and the reciprocal clairvoyance (aka “the Cunning”) she would receive as a consequence — Roz’s regular vision was restored thanks to Sabrina’s heightened powers. It may have blunted the storyline a bit, but at least Roz retained the Cunning. During this time, she and Harvey found themselves getting closer together and, finally, dating after confessing their growing affection to Sabrina. Things did not go smoothly at first — and reportedly they will still be bumpy — but what teenage romance is truly perfect? At least Roz has her best friends around her to face whatever chaos may yet come to Greendale.

Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch)

Ross Lynch as Harvey in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netflix)

Still reeling from his brother’s disquieting resurrection and Sabrina’s use of magic, Harvey began learning about the Kinkles’ family history as witchhunters. This fell by the wayside as he began to focus on Roz and learned that witches may not be the heartless monsters his grandfather believed them to be — even if he and Nick never really got along. But his specific knowledge made him essential in standing up to Hell’s hordes within the family’s mine — the place where Earth and Hell meet. And on the other side of the tumult, he found his friends united as a team, which he named “Fright Club.” Their first mission: rescue Nick.

Theo Putnam (Lachlan Watson)

Jaz Sinclair as Roz, Lachlan Watson as Theo, and Ross Lynch as Harvey in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netflix)

Though Susie Putnam’s transition into Theo was seeded in Part 1, they would not make the leap until Part 2. Along the way, Theo had to face the reactions of their friends and father. It mostly worked out, even if there were some conflicts to sort out. More difficult was the emerging family history between the Putnams and the Spellmans. Nonetheless, they were willing to help Sabrina defend the world from Hell’s armies by literally standing at the gates of the inferno and joining the Fright Club.

And for all their troubles, Theo may finally find a teenage romance of their own in Part 3.

Nicholas Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood)

Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina and Gavin Leatherwood as Nicholas Scratch in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netflix)

Nick’s attraction to Sabrina led to something quite surprising: an empathy for the world. Fully converted to Sabrina’s way of thinking — even if he still had to betray her to Lucifer along the way — Nick was willing to sacrifice everything not just for her, but for a world where witch and mortals live free of the Dark Lord’s subjugation. And sacrifice he did, becoming a prison for Satan and being taken bodily into Hell at the conclusion of Part 2.

Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle)

Richard Coyle as Father Faustus Blackwood in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netflix)

Father Blackwood had a plan for the Spellmans and, indeed, his flock. His hatred of Sabrina’s adoptive father, Edward Spellman, transferred to the others and he hoped by upholding Hilda’s excommunication, forcing Sabrina to attend the Academy, bringing Ambrose into his circle, and marrying Zelda, he would force the family to disintegrate. Without out their meddling, he would be free to pursue conservative reforms and transformer the Church of Night into his own cult of personality: the Church of Judas. This proved untenable when the Dark Lord returned in his angelic form and commanded Blackwood to report to Sabrina, the new Queen of Hell. Blackwood would not have it and attempted to poison the entire coven instead. A few survived, but it was the end of the Church as the Greendale coven had known it.

But before any justice could find him, Blackwood absconded from the area with his infant twins, leaving his illegitimate daughter Prudence (Tati Gabrielle) vowing revenge.

Madam Satan (Michelle Gomez)

Michelle Gomez as Madam Satan in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netflix)

The Devil’s first handmaiden, Madam Satan began Part 2 as the new principal of Baxter High and Sabrina’s primary confidant. This disintegrated as she pushed Sabrina to fulfill a prophecy allowing Lucifer his original form. But even as she furthered his design, she began to doubt she would ever rule by his side, particularly as he began to announce plans for Sabrina to be his queen. She also revealed herself as Lilith, the First Woman, who quit Eden and tended to Lucifer after he fell. Reliving her past and explaining herself to Sabrina led her to aid the young witch as it would put her in the frame to rule Hell.

In the fallout, Madam Satan — now going by Lilith again — returned to Damnation to be its queen. But taming the inferno proves a challenge for this would-be ruler.

Part 3: Of Pagans and False Devils

Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 (Netlfix)

(Photo by Netflix)

As is now the custom for Sabrina, Part 3 will pick up shortly after Part 2 and see Sabrina attempt to rescue Nick. In the process, she will learn her dethroning of Satan has broken the faith within the Church and the order of the universe itself. And as she always tries to clean up her messes, Sabrina returns to Hell in Part 3 and faces a new threat in the form of pagans who’ve set a course for world domination under their ancient gods, inspiring the witches of Greendale to fight for the Devil they know.

Which all feels like par for the course with Sabrina. Her convictions have led to a lot of disorder. But sometimes chaos is a good thing and, perhaps, Sabrina will finally be a place to put some of that disarray into a new normal. Or, maybe, this is still part of Satan’s design, and she will have to find new ways to defy his expectations.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 launches on Friday, January 24 on Netflix.

Tag Cloud

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