We've never had to wait this long for new episodes of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Parts One and Two were only a few months apart, with the Christmas special sandwiched in between them in case fans got too antsy. Now that we're firmly in the middle of the interminable trudge towards Part 3, all we have to keep us company are these Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 fan theories and our favorite Dr. Cerebus sweater. Until we know for sure what's going to happen with the Fright Club, these are the internet's best guesses.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wants a crossover between Riverdale and Chilling Adventures, so it’s bound to happen eventually. The series film a couple of minutes away from each other in Canada, but because Chilling Adventures ended up on Netflix instead of The CW, it’ll be a little more difficult to bring our two favorite shows together. Style Caster is pretty sure Betty’s mom is a witch (Riverdale never did explain that whole floating baby nonsense), and they think Harvey’s copy of Afterlife with Archie in the show was an Easter Egg hinting at a crossover coming sooner rather than later.
This theory comes from our friends over at Screen Rant. With Father Blackwood and his patriarchal rule gone, the witches will be able to rebuild the Church of Night in whichever way they see fit. Aunt Zelda is now the High Priestess, a first for the congregation, meaning she can make this new iteration of the church a kick-butt, girl power enterprise. The Dark Lord is gone, but Lilith is still kicking and her fight for power might be very appealing to this group of women that were suppressed for far too long.
Elite Daily and Reddit commenter dtlv5813 both noticed the Dark Lord revealed that his only weakness is the Spear of Longinus, also known as the Holy Lance that stabbed Jesus during his crucifixion in the Gospel of John. Chilling Adventures subtly went *in* on Catholicism this season, so it wouldn’t be surprising for our young heroine to dive ever deeper into religious traditions to find the one item that can kill the Dark Lord once and for all. Still, some Redditors think this will go sour à la Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the spear will kill Nick while Satan somehow escapes.
On the second episode of Part 2, Hilda tells a story about her task from the Dark Lord. She was given a box and told to press the button on top of it. After she’d done it, she panicked about what was inside and what horrors she might have caused, so she destroyed the box only to find it empty. Hilda thinks the Dark Lord was testing her just to see if she’d done it, but that doesn’t really seem like his M.O. Redditor SurpriseSabbeth thinks this could have been Pandora’s Box and that it was given to Hilda precisely to trick her into forcing it open because Satan couldn’t do it himself. Even if she isn’t their answer to Pandora, the story was given enough air time that it sounds like she could’ve caused more trouble than she bargained for, and it’s going to come back to haunt her.
Elite Daily seems fairly certain Part 3 will mostly take place in Hell, with Sabrina and her Scooby Gang trying to de-possess Nick. As they get to know the Underworld and its terrifying inhabitants, an entirely new element to Lilith’s story could unfurl. Lilith has crowned herself the new Queen of Hell in the Dark Lord’s absence, but we don’t think the underworld sounds like it would be super feminist. While some, including Zelda and her congregation, might support Lilith, there will likely be creatures in Hell who try to start an uprising against her.
Tati Gabrielle deserves a juicy storyline in Parts 3 and 4, and Prudence’s new plan to exact revenge on her biological father alongside Ambrose looks promising. Redditor bluebonnettex hopes that in her search for Father Blackwood, Prudence will discover that her mother is alive leading another coven, knowingly abandoning her daughter. While this would be depressing AF, seeing Prudence react to the discovery and loss of yet another parent with Ambrose as her companion could be an interesting character study for the series.
Supernatural dabbled with this concept during their seemingly-eternal run, but it might be Chilling Adventures that goes full speed ahead with the concept that God could be a major villain. Reddit user MartynLann assumes that showrunners wouldn’t introduce angels without planning on bringing God into the mix. Harvey’s Tarot reading referenced the “Great Old Gods” that have powers the Dark Lord could never match, and if the apocalypse was meant to happen, the Big Guy Upstairs might be pissed that things aren’t going to plan.
Edward Spellman was a bad dude in the original Chilling Adventures comics. So bad, that Hilda and Zelda turned him into a tree in the hopes that he’d stop causing trouble (like putting Diana Spellman in an asylum and forcing his way into coven leadership through deception) and abandon his evil plan for Sabrina. He also, um, is brought back via Harvey Kinkle’s body, eats Harvey’s parents, and tries to hook up with his own daughter. Yeah, sh*t got dark in the OG series. Clearly, that’s not the storyline we’re going to be seeing on Netflix anytime soon (HBO, maybe), but Edward might not be as innocent as he has appeared.
Speaking of Sabrina’s dad inhabiting Harvey’s body in the comics, that’s only able to happen because Harvey is super, super dead. He gets killed by the coven when they realize he has knowledge of witches, and Sabrina tries to resurrect him. She doesn’t realize she’s actually brought back her horrible father in Harvey’s body, which goes on for way too long, and Harvey never really returns. While the resurrection plotline is a little been there, done that, and we doubt that RAS is planning on circling back to the comics for inspiration, it’s plausible that Harvey Kinkle is not long for this world, especially with his family history of witch hunting.
Sabrina’s joke about looking into her mother’s family tree might have been a tad psychic. Sabrina is described in the apocalyptic prophecy as the baby of a witch with mortal and infernal blood. Well, we know that she got the infernal blood from her papa, but The Dark Lord isn’t a witch. Since Edward isn’t her biological father, Reddit commenter akera93 noticed that Diana might have some witch blood in her ancestry, and she certainly looked otherworldly when she was summoned in the Christmas Special.
What is this, Game of Thrones? After getting invested in Nick and Sabrina’s relationship, we’d be sad to see them go the way of Jaime and Cersei Lannister (or Luke and Leia #TBT), but Redditor jackandallshade points out that in Greco-Roman theology and various religious texts, inter-familial relationships were pretty common, which could be why Father Blackwood was so down for his twins to grow up and get married to each other. Lucifer planned the apocalypse for thousands of years. It would be sweet to think he was thwarted by love, but it’s more likely he just wanted to lure Sabrina into Hell. Nick hasn’t been the most trustworthy BF, even if he is *swoon*-worthy, and the series shied away from Nick and Sabrina consummating their relationship even though hot and heavy is Chilling Adventures’s strong suit. Nick could be working for the Devil because he’s the Dark Lord’s child, too.
RIP superhero Sabrina, we barely knew ye. Another Reddit thread noticed that Lilith only told Sabrina she was returning her “witch powers,” which could be entirely separate from the divine Satanic powers she had been exhibiting in the latter half of Part 2. The Marvel Cinematic Universe would often retcon powers from characters when it benefitted the story because an ultrapowerful hero would too easily be able to defeat their film’s Big Bad. If Sabrina had her Satanic powers, there wouldn’t be enough of a challenge for the characters when they went to retrieve Nick from Hell.
Speaking of Hell, yet another Reddit theory imagines that Sabrina’s twin (the one with the hooves) has been living in Hell. There have been threads asking if Edward might have tricked Satan by giving him one twin and keeping another for himself based on Sabrina’s vision of her birth and the original Sabrina The Teenage Witch storyline that every Spellman has an evil twin. If there’s a second Sabrina who’s loyal to Satan hiding out in Hell, Part 3’s final twist could be unleashing Sabrina Morningstar onto an unsuspecting Greendale, possibly while the real Sabrina is trapped in the underworld.
A rare Tumblr theory completely turns our twin hypotheses on its head by asking if the Sabrina we know is really the true Sabrina Spellman. If Edward Spellman was really the clever, progressive man he’s described as throughout the series, he wouldn’t have wanted Sabrina to sign her name in the Book of the Beast like we’ve heard. In order to still secure his bag marriage to Diana, he raised “Sabrina Spellman” believing she was her twin sister and the firstborn, but by signing a name that she wasn’t didn’t belong to her, the Sabrina we know and love could actually be free of any legally/spiritually binding contract to The Dark Lord.
Gavin Leatherwood has officially become a series regular for Part 3, so don’t expect Nick Scratch to stay in Hell for long. One Reddit theory sees Sabrina successfully rescuing Nick from Hell and continuing with their relationship without realizing that Satan was still inhabiting his body. This would align with that creepy plot from the comics where Edward Spellman, Sabrina’s father in the Archie Horror universe, controls her boyfriend, Harvey. While the exact characters have been switched around, the basic idea remains the same… and still creepy. With RAS running both Archie Horror and Chilling Adventures, he might want to see part of his original story come to life on the small screen.
The writing is on the wall for Father Blackwood. There are bigger villains to worry about, and he annihilated his only allies in his quest to be the most dramatic cult leader since Jim Jones. Elite Daily is pretty sure his former disciples Ambrose and Prudence are going to be successful in their quest to kill the man they once considered a father figure. That's what you get for betraying the last two people on Earth who were actually loyal to you.
Father Blackwood can’t have that many places to hide. The Church of Night excommunicated him, and it’s not like he’s a regular at Dr. Cerebus’s book store. Redditor aullik theorizes that with Satan gone from the Underworld (at least to his knowledge), Father Blackwood ran to Hell. As aullik explained it, if you need to hide from the Dark Lord, wouldn’t you just go to the one place you know he isn’t hanging out? This isn't going to go to Father Blackwood's plan, but Ambrose, Prudence, and Sabrina's storylines may intersect in Hell.
Hilda deserves some happiness in her life. Zelda’s long-suffering sister is the underrated MVP of Chilling Adventures and is way too well-intentioned to fall into some dark plot line, unless it involves her possessed boyfriend. Hilda and Dr. Cereberus have been going strong despite his little incubus problem, and if there’s any justice in this fictional world, Elite Daily will be proven right and Hilda will finally get married to a man that actually loves her. It'll almost definitely end in tragedy by Part 4, but a little happiness for Hilda is better than none.
When Harvey’s Tarot dream leads him to The Void, the mentions of “Elder Gods” are actually a reference to weird fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. Even his fictional roommate’s name, Howard, was meant to point us to Lovecraft’s works (that “H" stands for Howard too, you know), and The Void in his universe isn’t Hell, but the realm beyond the threshold. Reddit commenter DM_Malus believes the Gods we’ll come into contact with will be an homage to the OG mad artist, with Cthulhu, Asaroth, Yog Sothot, and Shub-Niggurath ultimately playing a larger role in Part 3 than the Christian God that has been referenced in the series’s iconography.
RAS loves teasing us with spoilers that end up to be entirely false, either because he doesn’t actually know what he’s planning for the next season or because he has *so many* plans that a few are destined to fall through. In an interview with IndieWire, Roberto teased a Salem-centric episode where we can get to know our favorite familiar without requiring Kiernan Shipka to get hopped up on Benedryl. The Part 2 finale hinted that Salem would be important in the Fright Club’s quest to rescue Nick, and it might be in an episode similar to the comic’s “That Damn Cat” Salem issue.