The Dark Lord will rise in season 2 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, with casting reportedly underway. The Netflix series, based on the Archie Comics title of the same name, released its first season just before Halloween. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also wrote the source material and serves as showrunner on fellow Archie adaptation Riverdale, adapted the series. Netflix displayed huge confidence in the show, renewing it for a second season before season 1 even aired, and announcing a holiday special for December. Fortunately, critics and fans alike praised the show for its more macabre take on the teenage witch's exploits.
Season 1 concluded in dramatic fashion, with the titular character finally succumbing to the machinations of those who would deliver her into The Dark Lord's thrall. After spending the season waging war against The Dark Lord and his Path of Night, Sabrina signed her name in The Book of the Beast in order to save the town of Greendale. Seemingly embracing her witch heritage and full power, Sabrina left her mortal life and friends behind. Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sabrina, however, revealed that things might not be as they seemed. Whatever the case may be, filming is underway on season 2, with Alexis Denisof joining the cast.
Revealed exclusively via That Hashtag Show, the cast will soon grow even further to include a new incarnation of The Dark Lord. The production team is apparently looking for a man of any ethnicity. Although the casting call seeks actors between the ages of 20 and 40, they are ultimately looking for someone with an ageless quality befitting the infamous fallen angel. Listed as Lucifer Morningstar, he's described as being "attractive, sophisticated and devilishly charming."
The character is set to appear only as a guest star, but will reportedly have a significant storyline, as he continues to seduce and corrupt Sabrina in his efforts to make her his queen. McKenna Grace will also be joining the cast, as a younger version of Sabrina. As will Jedidiah Goodacre, who's set to play a version of Oscar Wilde's classic literary character Dorian Gray. The rest of the regular cast, including Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, and Miranda Otto are also set to return.
A more prominent appearance of The Dark Lord on the show was inevitable. He is, after all, the ultimate Big Bad ,and around whom all the lingering mysteries and conflicts orbit. The fact he's appearing so soon, however, is surprising. Until now, the show seemed content on a slow-burn approach, with very few of the questions posed by season 1 coming even close to being answered. The character was seen in goat-headed form throughout the first season. For season 2, however, Sabrina's nemesis will be assuming his human form. It's a wise decision, allowing the show to inject some personality into the character. Then again, it could be an attempt to distance itself from the lawsuit regarding the imagery of Baphomet.
Though Shipka insists that Sabrina fights for good and maintains a plan to defeat The Dark Lord, a recent trailer implies she will immerse herself even further in the witchcraft and debauchery that permeates The Academy of Unseen Arts. That internal struggle will only intensify when she finally comes face to face with her nemesis. The story potential for the character also extends beyond Sabrina herself. The Dark Lord's arrival would serve to twist even more knots into the romantic entanglements of many characters. Also, based on the source material, it could mean fans may finally get their wish for more backstory (and even a word or two) from Salem the cat.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will return to Netflix for a holiday special, "A Midwinter's Tale", on December 14th. Whilst Part 2 will drop in its entirety on April 5, 2019.
Source: That Hashtag Show