In Season 2 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, from creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale), based on the Archie comics, fans will find that Sabrina has begun to embrace her darker, witchier side following her decision to sign the book of the beast at the end of Season 1. Returning to the show is Kiernan Shipka (The Blackcoat’s Daughter) as Sabrina Spellman, Ross Lynch (My Friend Dahmer) as Harvey Kinkle, Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Hilda Spellman, Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who) as Mary Wardwell/Madam Satan, Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia) as Father Faustus Blackwood, and Miranda Otto (Annabelle: Creation) as Zelda Spellman.
When it was announced that there would be a Season 2 to the popular Netflix series, there wasn’t much in the way of a plot other than the indication that Sabrina was ready to fully embrace her witchy side. As per the official synopsis for the new season of CHILLING ADVENTURE OF SABRINA, it read: “Get ready, mortals. Our girl’s gone full witch. Join Sabrina as she navigates the Path of Night while holding on tight to her friends who walk the Path of Light.” I think it was smart for Netflix to keep things tight-lipped because this season has been jam-packed with love triangles, teenage angst, feminine ideologies, an unholy marriage, and much, much more.
Having loved the first season so much, my black heart was aflutter when I realized that Season 2 was going to dive straight into more of the darker themes of the show. Kicking off right after A Midwinter’s Tale (read our review HERE), we find Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) attending Academy of the Unseen Arts where she instantly questions the leadership of Father Blackwood and his desire to keep the misogyny flowing through his archaic teachings of the Old Ways. Sabrina’s struggle between following the path that the Dark Lord has set forth while also staying true to her spirit and belief’s is one that is woven through each and every episode, becoming more and more important (and relevant) the further into the series we get. However, her story isn’t the only one that is important, as we get to see her friends Ros (played by Jaz Sinclair) and Susie Putnam (Lachlan Watson) come into their own, especially Susie’s as she begins to transition into Theo. Having only seen the first few episodes of Season 2, I can tell you that her storyline is one that is extremely poignant as it brings attention to those who identify as transgender in a way that’s not gratuitous but instead natural and genuine.
What I really enjoyed so much about this season was that a lot of the secondary characters were given a chance to really flourish. One of the more interesting arcs to come out this season is the relationship between Ros and Harvey (played by Ross Lynch). This creates an interesting dynamic between Ros, Harvey, and Sabrina, and though I don’t think it’ll end the friendship between Rosalind and Sabrina, it makes one wonder what will become of Sabrina and Harvey. Though have no fear, Sabrina does find a love interest at the Academy of the Unseen Arts with the charming Nicholas Scratch (played by Gavin Leatherwood). He seems to be the perfect partner for Sabrina, but her wariness in fully giving in to him definitely raises some questions in regards to if she can actually trust him. This is made even more evident when the Weird Sisters try to dig their claws into Sabrina’s psyche. There’s also Father Blackmore’s influence over a student such as Nicholas who has the potential to one day be High Priest. Another interesting story arc involves Ambrose (played by Chance Perdomo) and his allegiance to the Spellman family but his desire to live his life free of the shackles of his past. He’s one of my favorite characters in the show because he’s much more complex than many realize and very unpredictable in his actions.
In all, there is so much to take in with the new season of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA. The first season was just a taste of what this new season has to offer and fans are definitely going to enjoy the descent down the Path of Night as Sabrina learns what she is capable of, both as a witch and a mortal. Trust will be broken, lines will be crossed, and loyalty will be tested but even through all the evil that permeates throughout this world of witches, demons and mortals, there will always be a small sliver of light – a reminder to still have hope. With that said, let’s give thanks to the Dark Lord that CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA has returned and is now available to stream on Netflix!