After a slow start and slow middle, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s season finale paid off with twists, turns, and a surprisingly emotional ending.
[Ed. note: Major spoilers for the ending of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 2]
Turns out, Sabrina is actually Satan’s daughter, a callback to the first episode in which she has a vision of her parents kneeling in front of the Dark Lord with a hoofed baby. Though Nick Scratch reveals that the Dark Lord sent him to get closer to Sabrina, he ends up sacrificing himself and saving the world, allowing his body to become a prison for Satan. Not only does that nod to Nick’s name (Nick Scratch is a common alias for the Devil in fiction), it’s a sly nod to the tarot reading in part 2’s fourth episode.
Lilith — at long last — gets her priorities straight, realizes that she and Sabrina have wanted the same thing this entire time, and helps Sabrina beat Satan in order to become Queen of Hell. She grants Sabrina her full powers back, without the caveat of being bound to the Dark Lord, and descends back into Hell with Nick’s body. She even resurrects the original Mrs. Wardwell! How nice for the Queen of Hell.
With the Apocalypse halted, the Dark Lord defeated, and mostly everyone still alive, what’s left for our plucky teen heroes?
Prudence and Ambrose go off to hunt and kill Father Blackwood, who managed to escape in the night with his twins (who he plans to marry to one another, ick). It’s personal for Prudence and Ambrose, who’ve both realized how much Father Blackwood manipulated their need for belonging. According to Chance Perdomo, the actor behind Ambrose, this means a big change for Ambrose’s character.
“I can say Ambrose is seeking power, he’s learned new power — but not necessarily from the mindset or perspective that he had in the past that got him into trouble. He’s there more to protect his family, because the threats are just looming and they’re getting bigger and bigger,” Perdomo told the Wrap. “So he kinda goes off and comes back different — shall we say.”
With Father Blackwood far away, Zelda takes up the position of High Priestess, intent on rebuilding the Church of the Night into the Church of Lilith, now that they are no longer bound to the Dark Lord’s will. Lilith is presumably going to be a more benevolent ruler than Satan (and certainly not as misogynistic), but now that she’s gotten the one thing she’s desired for thousands of years, will that satisfy her?
Gavin Leatherwood, who plays Nick Scratch, doesn’t think Lilith is one to trust.
“She’s so sneaky,” he told TV Guide. “I don’t think so. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nick is chained up and was her Hell slave or something because that’s just so in her character.”
Sabrina and her friends, meanwhile, have entitled themselves the “Fright Club,” dedicated to protecting the mortals of Greendale from the supernatural, and decided on their first mission: rescuing Nick from Hell.
It’s a very bold, brash inaugural mission, but could we expect anything else from the girl who defied Satan? This Orpheus-Eurydice-esque journey into the Underworld will presumably happen very early on in Part 3.
“I asked [creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa], am I going to be in Hell? Am I going to be there for a while? What’s the deal? And he said they’re coming to get you and we’re going to show that in the first episode,” said Leatherwood.
The thing is, it’s not just Nick who’s trapped in Hell, but Lucifer trapped in Nick’s body. Though details on just how Nick is handling this possession and the fires of Hell are still scant, Leatherwood is eager to find out just what this means for Nick.
“I’d really like to see a Smeagol/Gollum thing, where he’s battling having the Dark Lord in him, as well as having Nick being his main being and then having this other kind of character within him too,” he said. “I’m certain that having Satan inside you definitely takes a toll on you.”
Part 3 and 4 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina have been ordered by Netflix, with production beginning in 2019.