I’m gonna get this out of the way right up front, in answer to the question “Will there be a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 5?” The answer is “no.”
On July 8, a few months after Chilling Adventures wrapped filming, Netflix announced that the show was canceled. Though no reasoning was offered by the streamer, the cancellation definitely came as a surprise, given Sabrina is critically acclaimed, fans certainly talked about it socially, and it always seemed to pop up in the Netflix Top 10.
But hey, this stuff happens, and it sucks… But as is, the 36 episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are all we’ll get (more on that below, though).
Given that the show ended rather abruptly, in case for whatever reason you haven’t watched yet and are nervous to give your heart to yet another show that leaves off on a cliffhanger? Read on, and beware spoilers.
How does Chilling Adventures of Sabrina end?
The good news is that whether by happenstance or design, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ends pretty definitively: with Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) dead and in the show’s version of Heaven, ready to live out eternity with Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood). And your mileage may vary on how you feel about that ending, but let’s break down what happened along the way in case you’re confused.
Over the course of Part 4, Greendale was attacked by eight Eldritch Terrors, though the final three were kind of smushed into one thing. While trapped in a rogue solar system called The Cosmic, Sabrina Morningstar, a.k.a. the Sabrina who previously lived in Hell (yes, there are two Sabrinas, but that will simplify itself in a second), was doubly trapped inside a sitcom version of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that included the original Aunties from Sabrina The Teenage Witch. That would be Beth Broderick as Zelda Spellman, and Caroline Rhea as Hilda Spellman. It also included a talking, puppet version of Salem the Cat, something that this series has been sorely lacking since the beginning. That’s my personal opinion; but it’s also a fact, Jack.
Unfortunately, this version of Salem turned out to be an Eldritch Terror called The Infinite, though one that was afraid of the final Eldritch Terror: The Void. With the nothingness of The Void attacking The Cosmic, Sabrina Morningstar escaped with The Infinite (a.k.a. Talking Salem) back to “our” Greendale, dying in the process. The Infinite also died, leaving The Void as the final terror, ready to consume everything in existence.
Thanks to a reappearance by The Trinket Man (James Urbaniak), a mysterious being who may or may not be God (just my own pet theory), Sabrina came into possession of Pandora’s Box. As explained by The Trinket Man, Sabrina could use the box to suck The Void inside, with the only catch that if she didn’t time things right, she would be sucked in, too. So Sabrina traveled into The Void itself, closing the portal behind her, and finding herself in a sparse space with the words “THE VOID” literally written on it. She proceeded to use Pandora’s Box, and was very close to stopping The Void until…
…the real Spellmans, Zelda (Miranda Otto), Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) as well as some others sucked Sabrina Spellman’s soul out of The Void, and into the dead body of Sabrina Morningstar. Pretty messed up, even if they thought they were saving her, and Sabrina was pissed — but worse than that, it turned out a piece of The Void had come with her. And because of this, whenever provoked to anger, Sabrina was making things — and people — disappear into The Void.
Sabrina left for The Mountains of Madness to get away from her friends and family, only to encounter crazy ol’ Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle) who promised to train her to use her Void powers; but of course was manipulating her into ending the world. You know, as you do.
Sabrina, however, was not fooled, and after being rescued by her friends and family revealed that she was learning as much as she could from Eldritch Terror acolyte Father Blackwood, in order to defeat The Void. To do that, The Void needed to be bled out of Sabrina while Nick and Ambrose rescued everyone she had sent into The Void — and used Pandora’s Box to finish the job Sabrina started.
It all works out great: they rescue everyone and The Void is trapped in Pandora’s Box. Only thing is, Sabrina actually bled out and died, having sacrificed herself to save the world. The episode ends in a double funeral outside the Spellman residence, followed by a statue being erected in Sabrina’s honor. Meanwhile down in Hell Lilith (Michelle Gomez) finally defeats Lucifer (Luke Cook), drinks his blood and ascends to the throne. Prudence (Tati Gabrielle) chops Father Blackwood into a million pieces and spreads them all over the world, finishing him off for good. And Mambo Marie (Skye Marshall) turns out to actually be mythological figure Baron Samedi, which is pretty weird.
The kicker is that Sabrina is sitting in Heaven, a.k.a. The Sweet Hereafter, when she’s approached by Nick Scratch. He went for a swim in the Sea of Sorrows, and died after drowning in the undertow. Clearly Lilith has enacted some of the changes Sabrina Morningstar wanted to make in Hell, because technically suicides shouldn’t go to Heaven. But hey, turns out Nick was right… He and Sabrina are endgame!
Will there be a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 5, a.k.a. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 5?
I did already say this above, but maybe you skipped over it, so the answer is: no, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was canceled by Netflix on July 8, 2020. “Chapter Thirty-Six: At The Mountains of Madness” is the final episode of the series, and unless there’s a miraculous resurrection at another streaming service, something reportedly Netflix won’t allow with canceled shows for at least a few years, that’s it for the story of Sabrina and her friends.
However, despite the pretty firm resolution of Part 4, there were plans for more episodes. The cast didn’t know it was the end of the series when they wrapped in February. And showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased that if the show had returned for Part 5, we would have gotten the long-awaited Riverdale crossover, rather than simple references and Easter eggs along the way. Ah, well… Riverdale still exists, so maybe we’ll see some Chilling Adventures of Sabrina folks pop over there, instead of vice versa. Until then, we’ll be lighting candles in a summoning circle, just in case.
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