Warning: Spoiler alert, witches! If you have not watched all of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, go sign your name in the Book of the Dead and come back when you’re done!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrinadropped its bewitching first season on Friday, enchanting fans with a totally new take on everyone’s favorite teenage witch. Unlike the lighter on-screen incarnation of the character in the ’90s Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Chilling Adventures shows Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) wrestling with the sinister side of her magical legacy and squaring off with the Dark Lord himself as she weighs her future on the “path of night.”
Ultimately, the young witch signs her life over in the season finale, agreeing to serve Satan in exchange for her full powers, which allow her to summon a hellfire strong enough to vanquish the Greendale 13 — the town’s original coven, back from the dead to avenge their slaughter at the hands of the mortal residents.
“It was amazing,” Shipka told ET’s Leanne Aguilera of portraying Sabrina’s season one arc at the show’s premiere. “I feel like there’s moments in the first couple of episodes that really pay off in the last couple of episodes that I was personally so excited to play out because it all wrapped up really in a wonderful way.”
“It’s been a wild ride, it’s been a crazy character to play. So amazing, so fun,” she marveled. “Just to play someone that really does have an arc and growth is just amazing.”
As the show rolls through production on their second season — which Shipka teases will be “even crazier and darker” — showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said fans can look forward to seeing Sabrina’s “more wicked side.”
That starts, of course, with an icy new look — seemingly a side effect of the blaze she summoned to defeat the 13. “That platinum white hair is iconic from the comic books,” Aguirre-Sacasa explained. “Sabrina is actually not blonde, she has white hair in the comics. And I remember when we first talked about it when it was in the first script, everyone was like, “Wait a minute, we have to see how this looks.”
“So we took a picture of Kiernan with her white hair and sent it in and everyone lost their minds. They were like, ‘Never go back to the blonde!’ I love the blonde, but the white hair is iconic and she’s still got her headband.”
“That was the last thing we shot before we went on a little week hiatus and no one put that wig on faster that night,” Shipka recalled of the final scene of season, where Sabrina is seen embracing her wicked side, strolling through the Academy of Unseen Arts flanked by the Weird Sisters. “It was really fun to shoot.”
“I actually really like it,” added Ross Lynch, who plays ‘Brina’s boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle, of the new ‘do. “I think it’s super cool. I think it looks good on Kiernan, too.”
Sabrina and Harvey’s relationship hit a heartbreaking road bump in the season one finale, when the young witch pushed her mortal beau away after summoning the powerful dark magic in order to save Greendale from impending doom.
“I had to do something tonight that scares me, Harvey. It touched something dark inside me,” she explained when he tried to rekindle their relationship, having come to terms with her sinister legacy. “I don’t know if it’s safe for me to be around you, or Ros or Susie… I love you too much to risk anything bad happening to you.”
“It’s kind of sad isn’t it?” Lynch reflected. “Because you always want Harvey and Sabrina to be together, that iconic couple. “
In season two, Lynch said, Sabrina will be spending more and more time in the witching world and away from her friends at Baxter High, “so Harvey wont be able to see her as much.”
“He finally learned the truth,” the actor added of Harvey’s struggle to accept Sabrina’s revelation. “But because Harvey comes from a long line of witch hunters, he doesn’t take to the magic very easily, and that eventually kind of pulls them apart.”
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is streaming now on Netflix. See more on the series in the video below.