It was almost inevitable that Sabrina the Teenage Witch would find her way back to our TV screens at some point. Given the popularity of Riverdale, which has spawned a fervent fandom online and made stars of its cast, it was only a matter of time before fans started wondering if Sabrina would appear. In the world of Archie Comics, Sabrina lives across Sweetwater River, in the town of Greendale.
Of course, she first appeared on screen in the popular 90s TV show, where she was played by Melissa Joan Hart, but the character has also been the focus of her own popular comic book series as well as appearing in Afterlife with Archie. Now, The CW have announced that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is in development at the network, intended as a companion series to Riverdale.
It's hard to imagine that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina won't get a full series order; Riverdale's popularity only seems to increase and now, with its second season just beginning, a third season seems likely. If The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina were to make its premiere on The CW between Riverdale seasons 2 and 3, could the character make her debut towards the end of Riverdale season 2?
This seems like a very likely option; Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has said previously that he'd like to bring Sabrina to Riverdale. Indeed, he was planning on bringing her into the season one finale, but decided it would detract from an already packed ending to the freshman season. Not only that, but fans of the show have long been waiting and asking for Sabrina to make an appearance, so Aguirre-Sacasa knows it will go over well. There's also going to be a healthy amount of intrigue around seeing whichever actress is cast in the role. Making her debut on Riverdale, even if only briefly, would allow the actress to make her mark so that fans are ready to focus on the Sabrina focused show when it starts.
Another point that strongly suggests Sabrina will appear in Riverdale season 2, is that The CW has done crossovers before. The Flash and Supergirl enjoyed a standalone musical crossover episode, while Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow have frequently employed the crossover device. Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will exist in the same universe, and the options for crossovers are plentiful. Having Sabrina appear in Riverdale season 2 is one choice, and it seems likely for her debut. But going forward, there's the potential for a full standalone crossover involving a wealth of characters from both shows, or Riverdale characters appearing in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Riverdale season 2 continues on Thursday, October 19th, on The CW. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is currently in development at The CW.