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Riverdale: Everything You Need to Know About Sabrina Ahead of Her Season 6 Return

With Kiernan Shipka set to return as Sabrina Spellman in Riverdale Season 6, here is everything you need to know about Greendale’s resident witch!

Sabrina The Teenage Witch is one of the most well known Archie Comics IPs, with the titular heroine having fronted her own comics and TV shows — both animated and in live-action — for decades. In a show like Riverdale that fully utilizes the Archie Comics universe, it was only a matter of time before Sabrina Spellman would make her debut. On Dec. 7, 2021, Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) made her official first appearance during the Rivervale event and is reportedly set to return sometime during Season 6.

While it is exciting to see Sabrina return to the small screen, the version of the character that exists in the Riverdale universe was already fronting her own show for two years. While the Riverdale characters were busy solving strange mysteries during their high school years, Sabrina was battling demons of her own in the neighboring town of Greendale in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Ahead of her Riverdale Season 6 return, here is everything you need to know about Sabrina Spellman and where her story could potentially fit into Riverdale’s storyline.

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In Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1, Sabrina begins her journey with a tumultuous 16th birthday to the chagrin of her aunts Zelda (Miranda Otto) and Hilda (Lucy Davis). Far from being a traditional Sweet Sixteen, her birthday is celebrated with a dark coming-of-age ceremony that sees her formally join her family’s coven as a full-time witch. Her coven also happens to worship the Dark Lord himself — Lucifer Morningstar — as the Church of Night. Most of the season sees Sabrina wrestle with her identity as a normal teenage girl who also happens to be a witch.

Part of Sabrina’s identity crisis sees her want to fully embrace her heritage as a witch, but also doesn’t want to surrender her power to the Dark Lord. She also doesn’t want to give up her normal life as a Baxter High student, nor cut ties with her best friends Rosalind “Roz” Walker (Jaz Sinclair) and Theodore “Theo” Putnam (Lachlan Watson), who goes by Susie during this time. To further complicate things, Sabrina’s boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch), doesn’t respond well to the news of her being a witch and breaks up with her when he learns she erased his earlier memories of her being a witch.

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A combination of circumstances eventually leads Sabrina to surrender herself to the Dark Lord by signing her name in the Book of the Beast — an act she resisted before. By Season 2, Sabrina begins her formal education as a witch and splits her academic life between Baxter High and the Academy of Unseen Arts, though she spends more time at the latter. She also begins a romantic relationship with another warlock and Academy student named Nicholas “Nick” Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) and begins to repair her relationship with her former boyfriend, Harvey, though they remain friends. Theo also comes out as transgender during this time, and he and Roz begin to learn more about Sabrina’s life as a witch.

Just when Sabrina’s life starts to get back in order, life throws her another curveball when she learns more about her actual lineage and the fact that not all the people in her life have been honest with her. To start with, she learns that her favorite teacher, Mary Wardwell (Michelle Gomez), isn’t just another witch but Lilith/Madame Satan in disguise. She also learns from the newly rejuvenated Dark Lord himself that she is his daughter and that Nick had been instructed to “guide” her into fully embracing her destiny as a witch. While this does upset Sabrina, Nick reveals that he does love her and sacrifices his body to trap the Dark Lord in a new prison. Madame Satan also gets her revenge by crowning herself the Queen of Hell.

By Season 3, Sabrina begins to come to terms with her dark heritage and strengthens her friendships with Roz, Theo and Harvey by forming the Fright Club. She also decides to forgive Nick and invites her friends to join her on her trip to Hell to get her boyfriend back. When she gets there, however, she learns not all is well in Hell and Madame Satan asks Sabrina — as the Dark Lord’s rightful heir — to vouch for her. On top of that, she learns both Madame Satan and the Dark Lord had been emotionally torturing Nick to the point of him questioning whether Sabrina was worth sacrificing himself for. While Sabrina does free him from the Dark Lord and gets him out of hell, Nick still breaks up with her in order to recover from his emotional suffering.

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After being dealt another blow, Sabrina reaches her tipping point and splits herself into two entities: her normal self as Sabrina Spellman and a time paradox version of herself as Sabrina Morningstar. Spellman resumes her life on Earth while Morningstar becomes Queen of Hell to appease the Dark Lord. In doing this, Sabrina facilitates the Eldritch Terrors in Season 4, which threaten to destroy reality if she doesn’t merge back into one person. Realizing she could “disappear forever,” Spellman reconciles with Nick and makes love with him before merging back with Morningstar. The latter, however, decides to travel to a parallel universe — the 1996 Sabrina The Teenage Witch universe — to resolve the paradox.

Despite the sound solution of the two Sabrinas, the paradox isn’t resolved and both Sabrinas are still forced to sacrifice their lives to end the threat of the Eldritch Terrors. While Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 ended with the titular heroine’s death, the Riverdale seven-year time skip revealed she does come back to life at some point. As such, an adult Sabrina briefly appears in the alternate Rivervale universe to help Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) — who is actually her ancestor, Abigail — perform a soul transference to free her of her immortality curse.

It is currently unknown how Sabrina will appear in the proper Riverdale universe for Season 6. However, given that the vengeful soul of Cheryl’s ancestor Abigail is currently possessing her body, it’s highly likely Sabrina will return to perform another soul transference, this time to get Abigail out of Cheryl’s body. It’s also highly likely her relationship with Cheryl will be further fleshed out since it was implied during the Rivervale event that they’ve been friends for years.

Diane Darcy is features writer for anime, comics, and television at CBR. She’s also the owner of the popular HelenaWayneHuntress.com blog and has contributed features to WomenWriteAboutComics.com, ShelfDust.com, and ComicsBookcase.com. She’s also a co-host of the Huntress Podcast for WrightOnNetwork.com.

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