What You Need To Know About 'Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina'

The cat will probably talk but there's also a strong possibility of cannibalism.
PHOTO: Instagram/kiernanshipka

It's time to get hype for the spinoff that promises to be a supernatural take on the weird world of Riverdale: Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, based on the horror comic series of the same name. For starters, the source material is a lot different than the family-friendly, TGIF adventures of Melissa Joan Hart on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but you can rest assured that the show's in good hands. 2018 Sabrina is under the watchful eye of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who gave the world Riverdale. Here's what you can expect from the spinoff:

  1. The show will premiere Oct. 26. During the Television Critics Association festivities in July 2018, Netflix announced the premiere date for Chilling Adventrues of Sabrina with nine Sabrina lookalikes on stage, each wearing a sweater with the letter or number to spell out the date. 

  2. Netflix has picked up two seasons (so far), each consisting of 10 episodes. Both seasons will be filmed back-to-back. Production for season one began in the spring of 2018 in Vancouver, the same location as Riverdale.
  3. Kiernan Shipka will play Sabrina. Shipka, who first won hearts as Sally Draper on Mad Men, has been transforming into the teenage witch on set and on Instagram. Here she is introducing fans to the "coven": 

  4. Ross Lynch will be the new Harvey. In March 2018, Netflix announced that Lynch, who most recently played serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer, will take on the role of Harvey, Sabrina Spellman's boyfriend. In the comic book, Harvey is the center of many key plots and more importantly, is a bit more of a horn-dog than primetime Harvey from the '90s. Get ready for some sexy, witchy stuff, maybe? 

  5. Sabrina's aunts Hilda and Zelda will be played by Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto, respectively. As the comics tell us, the witches of Greendale are not your cutesy-wutesy Halloweeny kind of ladies. They are literally Satan-worshipping, goat-slaughtering, dance-naked-in-the-woods-under-a-blood-moon witches. We're talking pentagrams. We're talking brides of the almighty Lucifer. Magical lobotomies. It's dark and it's awesome if you're into that kind of stuff (I am).

    Rounding out the cast are Jaz Sinclair (Sabrina's BFF Rosalind), Michelle Gomez (Madam Satan), Chance Perdomo (Sabrina's hot cousin), Richard Coyle (Father Blackwood), and Tati Gabrielle (Prudence). The cast is getting along just fine, unless this #InMyFeelingsChallenge means something else. 

  6. You bet your whiskers Salem will be on the show. In the comics, Salem is Sabrina's talking familiar, not just her pet, and it's shown that most (if not all) witches and warlocks have animals to hang out and perform spells with. In case you were wondering, comic book Salem is still kind of an asshole. That's just Salem for ya. 

  7. There are no plans for a Riverdale/Sabrina crossover… for now. In January, when Netflix announced the spinoff, The CW's president Mark Pedowitz told Entertainment Weekly, "At the moment, there is no discussion about crossing over."
  8. Sabrina might eat people. The Spellman family in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics are straight-up cannibals. To be fair, they (mostly) don't kill people to get their food, they just steal the corpses from a nearby cemetery and chow down on those. It's apparently a big part of witch culture and is mostly treated as "normal."

  9. The Other Realm will likely be a thing, but with a different name. In Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina could travel to the "Other Realm," another dimension filled with magical surprises that she accessed through the linen closet in her aunts' house. Chilling Adventures has the "Witch Realm," which is the same idea but a lot scarier. Remember, this is going to be on Netflix, so anything is possible.
  10. On Aug. 13, Netflix released the first stills from the show. Here is Sabrina walking in the forest (note the walking stick and tiny bell):

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And here is Sabrina in the middle of her "dark baptism," conducted by someone named Father Blackwood:


This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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