Praise Satan—or probably Hecate. Season four of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is finally confirmed to arrive on December 31. And honestly what better way to end the insanity of 2020 than with the final chapter of Sabrina Spellman’s (Kiernan Shipka) dark, hell-set story?!
Let’s recap on some of the major plot twists and changes that happened last season. The final few episodes of part three cast a sort of confusion spell on viewers because we were left with more questions than answers. First off, there’s the insane time paradox Sabrina caused, which will definitely have its repercussions unfold in part four. If you forgot, she allowed her past self to remain in her “original” self’s point in time so one could rule as the Queen of Hell, while her other version returned home on Earth. It’s confusing but basically, two Sabrinas exist at the same time and no one knows, not even the devil.
We also see a major transition in the Church of Night’s belief system. In fact, it doesn’t even go by that name or worship Lucifer Morningstar (Luke Cook) anymore. Aunt Zelda’s (Miranda Otto) personal journey and the Spellmans’ convoluted relationship with Satan was already enough to push the witches toward a new source for their power. The plan to worship Lilith falls through and the resurrection in the Cain Pit fails, making the two incidents catalysts for the eventual change in Church of Night. Zelda and the remaining witches eventually become the Order of Hecate—the ancient goddess of magic and witchcraft from Greek mythology. With the witches’ powers restored and the new order established, we’ll certainly hear much more of the deity and triple goddess archetype.
The two developments are huge for the Spellman family and the plot of this new season. This brings us to our first major questions.
What will happen when it’s revealed Sabrina stopped her double from returning to the future? What does the future hold for Sabrina’s relationship with her father, Lucifer Morningstar? How
does the kind of magic the witches do now with power from Hecate, differ from before?
Then of course we have all the romantic relationships that have formed within the last three seasons. Will Sabrina end up with Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) again? Or is she destined to be with her first love and best friend’s current boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch)? What lies ahead for Zelda and voodoo priestess Mambo Maire (Skye P. Marshall) after their fiery kiss?
We also can’t forget Lilith is pregnant with Lucifer’s son, which she only did to bide her time and avoid execution. This detail alone brings up countless questions. What will happen to Lilith once she gives birth? As Sabrina’s half-brother and Lucifer’s only son, will this new heir inherit the throne over Sabrina, or eventually overthrow her?
Episode eight also blurred the past, present, and future. Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle) unleashed a malevolent force within the time-altering egg after going mad from his 15 years in the pocket dimension. Viewers didn’t learn much about the water creature he retrieved the Time Egg from or the “eldritch terrors” that will terrorize our protagonist.
So how exactly will the “eldritch terrors” cause chaos in season four? Will Father Blackwood come in contact with his son and daughter again or will they remain enchanted in the dollhouse at the Spellman’s manor?
One bonus question fans of the series might still have is about the crossover episode(s) between Riverdale and Sabrina’s hometown of Greendale. Before season four was announced as the last installment of the drama, season five of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was supposed to introduce Archie and his gang to Sabrina and her crew. It would have made for an interesting encounter, but that crossover is only happening on paper, not the small screen.
The return of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comes after the spooky season, but at least we can go into the new year knowing how our favorite teen witch ends this final chapter of her story.