Sabrina's conflict with the Dark Lord may be wrapped up for the moment, but more dangers lie ahead in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3. The Netflix series is actually divided up into "Parts" rather than seasons, with Part 1 and Part 2 (plus the Christmas special) supposedly making up one season split into two, in an imitation of traditional TV shows with midseason hiatuses. However, for simplicity's sake we're going to refer to the next batch of episodes as season 3.
Kiernan Shipka stars in the show as Sabrina Spellman, a half-mortal witch who lives with her Aunts Zelda (Miranda Otto) and Hilda (Lucy Davis) in the Spellman Mortuary in the spooky town of Greendale. Sabrina finds herself torn between her mortal life, school, and friends, and her duty to the coven and to her studies at the Academy of Unseen Arts.
Like its sister show, Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based on Archie Comics and was created by Archie CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It's a lot darker and more gruesome than the sitcom adaptation Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which ran on ABC in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and this new take on Sabrina has garnered an enthusiastic fanbase. Here's what we know about The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3 so far.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Renewal
The first season of the show was such a success that Netflix didn't wait long to start making plans for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3. The show was renewed for a further 16 episodes back in December 2018, and as before those 16 episodes will be split up into two parts, which means we're getting season 4 as well. In a statement regarding The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's season 3 and 4 renewal, Aguirre-Sacasa said:
"Praise Satan! I’m so grateful to my partners at Warner Brothers, Netflix, Berlanti Television, and Archie Productions for supporting this darker vision of the world’s most famous teen witch.And I’m thrilled to be continuing to tell Sabrina’s chilling adventures with our incredible cast and crew, led by the unstoppable Kiernan Shipka."
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Release Date Info
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3 will begin filming in Vancouver on April 29th, 2019, and will film back-to-back with season 4 through to fall 2019. Seasons 1 and 2 had a similar filming schedule, beginning in mid-March 2018, but those two seasons had two extra episodes apiece, so filming for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina seasons 3 and 4 should take less time. Assuming that production on season 3 wraps up in the summer, we could see a premiere date similar to season 1, at the end of October 2019, with season 4 then arriving in spring 2020.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Story Details
Warning: SPOILERS ahead for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 2
In the final scene of the season 2 finale, Sabrina lays out the mission for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3: to go to Hell and rescue her boyfriend. Poor old Nick Scratch sacrificed himself by offering up his body as a prison for the Dark Lord after the Acheron Configuration failed to contain him. Lilith - as the newly crowned Queen of Hell - carried Nick's unconscious body into Hell with her, promising not to let any harm come to him. Still, playing host to the devil himself is pretty harmful, so who can blame Sabrina for wanting to get her boyfriend back?
Beyond that, there are a number of dangling plot threads. Father Blackwood has fled with his twins after attempting to wipe out the Church of Night, and it looks like Prudence and Ambrose will be teaming up to track him down and kill him. After all, there's no better witch hunter than a witch. As for the Church of Night (or what's left of it), Aunt Zelda has appointed herself High Priestess, and it's suggested that they might rebrand as the Church of Lilith. There's no longer a Dark Lord to worship, and with Blackwood's rigid patriarchal influence gone the coven may well become dominated by witches rather than warlocks.
One thing's for sure: the status quo has changed, and we'll be looking at a new Greendale in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 3 - for better or worse.