It seems Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) could not save her show from its own doom.
TVLine reports the upcoming 8-episode “Part 4” of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be its last run on the service. The program follows fellow Archie Comics-based series Katy Keene into the sunset. “Working on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been an incredible honor from Day One,” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told the site. “I’m also grateful to our partners at Netflix, Warner Bros., Berlanti Television and Archie Comics for letting us tell the story we wanted to tell, the way we wanted to tell it. We can’t wait for everyone to see Part Four.”
From the get-go, Sabrina had an unusual production and release model. Snapped up after The CW apparently passed on the series, Netflix ordered 20 episodes upfront. The plan was to release the season in two parts. The concept remained the same when the streamer ordered a second production season of 16 episodes. Part 3 debuted in January, and judging from the lack of response around the internet, it seems the writing was already on the wall. Hopefully, the series itself was smart enough to sense it might not make it back for another production block and wrote itself an ending. Also, considering Netflix’s preference to end shows after 30 episodes, the smart thing to do would be a conclusion.
According to the Part 4 description, “The Eldritch Terrors will descend upon Greendale.” If that isn’t ominous enough, “the coven must fight each terrifying threat one-by-one (The Weird, The Returned, The Darkness to name a few), all leading up to … The Void, which is the End of All Things. As the witches wage war, with the help of The Fright Club, Nick begins to slowly earn his way back into Sabrina’s heart, but will it be too late?” Judging from this, it seems the series did sense its own mortality. Maybe that will mean a strong finish for the show. It began with such promise, but we have to admit we lost interest by the time Part 3 was available. But we’ll definitely make an effort to catch up.
The swiftness with which Sabrina and Katy Keene were cancelled suggests a change in the air for Archie Comics as a source of television programs. While its flagship series, Riverdale, will return in 2021, it seems it will be the only Archie-based series to have longevity.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns for its final episodes later this year.