A brand new clip from Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV show reveals the dark side of Aunt Hilda, one of the two sisters who raise the titular witch. Compared to Caroline Rhea's portrayal of the character in the '90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch on ABC, actress Lucy Davis' portrayal is more akin to the Archie Comics on which the series is based.
In the new series, half-witch/half-human Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) is at a crossroads when she turns 16. Under the guidance of her aunts Hilda and Zelda (played by Davis and Miranda Otto, respectively), Sabrina must learn how to balance life among mortals and supernatural forces. The series also stars Michelle Gomez, Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Richard Coyle, and will include the witch-turned-black cat Salem Saberhagen, though it's unclear whether or not he will be a voiced character in this series. Now, in anticipation of the show's late-October premiere, a new clip featuring Davis as Aunt Hilda highlights the overall darker tone of the series.
In the clip, which debuted on KTLA 5 Morning News with host Sam Rubin, Aunt Hilda is saying goodnight to her niece Sabrina. She reminisces about her youth, when she was 16 and signed her name into the Book of the Beast, and explains that her options were far more restricted than Sabrina's. Whereas Sabrina has the option to choose between the mortal world and the supernatural world, Hilda says, "Us girls didn't have any options back then. It's just simply what was done." She then goes even further, touching on the fact that her decisions as a teenager have haunted her from time to time when she explains that she occasionally has dreams in which she sets the Greendale woods on fire. The slightly haunting tone is then cut when Hilda breaks the tension telling Sabrina to "have a lovely little sleep, my darling."
Speaking with Rubin, Davis also pointed out that the new series - though more closely related to the Archie Comics than the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series was - won't be quite as dark as the source material. The trailer for the series highlights some notably horror-based elements, but presumably won't be quite as gory or violent (namely with the cannibalism, though it's impossible to say).
Aside from a slightly unnerving dark side, Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda will still be just as protective of Sabrina as they were in both the comics and the original series. And, even though this new series won't be crossing over with The CW's Riverdale, these new characteristics certainly match the tonal standard that Riverdale set; and it's possible that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina wouldn't even exist without Riverdale.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will premiere on Netflix on October 26.
Source: KTLA 5