Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4 was THE BEST season of the entire series and it’s a damn shame that Netflix axed it. #ISaidWhatISaid. The arcs were on point, Nabrina became endgame, and we explored different facets of every character. (Except Harvey. We don’t care for him at all.) And it’s up to another network, we’re looking at you HBO Max, to take on the reins of this unique, wild, and creative show.
Don’t let it die, world. Don’t let it fade away. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina deserves better and we’re here to let everyone and their mama that we want more. So, whose up for the challenge and ready to save one of our fav shows out there?
The Good – Nabrina & Best Season
After the shit show that was season 3 of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina…season 4 felt like the quality content that we deserved! And we’re not just talking Nabrina. That’ll come in a second here. We’re talking about the episodic adventures, the challenges Sabrina & Co. faced, and the world building that took place that exemplified what we love about this show.
Sabrina and Nick stole our hearts time and time again in season 4. We were devastated with what happened to them in season 3 and were so overjoyed that the show decided to not just throw that away. They faced the pain of the past and decided to move on, into the future, together. And we believe that if the show had given us another season, they would’ve worked even more on their issues and become one of the strongest ships out there. #Facts #Endgame
Without ignoring the fact that Nick basically admitted to killing himself to find a way to get to Sabrina, we’re ok with the ending. He had no one besides Sabrina. No real family, loves, or friends that lit up his world. Sabrina did that for him and we’re ok with him finding his eternal happiness with Sabrina. Again, it wasn’t perfect and the show could’ve done more if they had another season. But we’re going to hold onto this forever after, the kisses they shared to get to this point, and the bond that grew stronger in this final season.
Now onto non-Nabrina related things. We loved the adventures of season 4. The Eldritch Terrors allowed the show to test new themes, try out new storylines, and push the boundaries of what we were used to when it came to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Do we wish we didn’t have a Nazi-esque themed episode? Absolutely. But everything else was on point and something we would love to see more of.
Even Agatha made us feel things because of the way her story developed. Theo and Robin made us cry with the realities of the two worlds they were part of. And Aunt Zelda and Mambo Marie LeFleur made us want more from a couple that barely got screen-time but branded our hearts. Put it all together and you’ve got a complex tapestry that make the show not just about Sabrina Spellman, but about those who live her town, are part of her life, and who are constantly being changed/challenged by the witchy world.
The Bad – Blackwood & Friendships
Let’s face it, so much drama and pain could’ve been avoided if Sabrina Spellman wasn’t…bored. This isn’t me victim blaming or anything. Sabrina, both of them, was bored as hell. And even when surrounded by people that cared for her, she sought out the comfort of her Morningstar double, setting things in motion that almost destroyed the cosmos.
But the real villain, the real cause of all this trouble, is Father Blackwood. And the more we think about him and what he did in the entirety of his run, the more we can’t help but think that he just wanted to BE Sabrina Spellman. He wanted to be Lucifer’s daughter. He wanted her celestial powers. And he wanted to have the family and support that Sabrina had.
Like seriously, we might take some time and Photoshop some badly rendered manips of him in Sabrina’s clothes. Hell, we’re surprised he didn’t try to pull a body switch with her instead of just taking her powers with the Eldritch Terrors. But he is a sexist pig….hmmmm….maybe he wouldn’t have wanted her body. Maybe. Either way, he’s garbage, he wanted her life, and we forgive Sabrina for everything she did because loneliness can be life altering sometimes.
And why was she lonely, you ask? Because of the shit friends that surrounded her. Yeah, I said it. Even Theo was a shitty friend, obsessed with their boyfriend and the small drama that surrounded them. Which, I appreciate the trans character of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina getting a storyline that is more than one about their gender or sexuality, but they could’ve tied it into the main fabric of the show or had Theo come to Sabrina to understand why Robin left. I thought they were friends?
Also, I thought Harvey and Roz were Sabrina’s friends. Right? Wrong. Harvey proved that if he couldn’t be with Sabrina in a romantic relationship then he couldn’t be with her at all. Like, not even a friendship and that just makes him a shitty person. And Roz, the one who could’ve had an amazing arc about her witch nature, was bogged down by Harvey and his everything.
Don’t even get us started on Roz’s speech about how they’re growing apart and that’s ok. Yes, change happens. And yes, people grow apart. But if you love someone, if you care, you grow with them instead of apart. And Roz was ok with them growing apart because she had a boyfriend and that’s all that mattered. We thought you two were best friends? Apparently not.
Roz needs to drop the dead weight that is Harvey, Theo needs more screen-time with Sabrina, and we need more Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Hell, we’ll even take Caliban and his ridiculousness where he doesn’t know how to properly wear a shirt. We’ll take it if it means more adventures with our Spellmans, their family, and the place they call home.
The Ugly – Crying and Endings
Let’s start this ‘The Ugly’ section with all the ugly crying that we did during Sabrina’s final moments in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Because no matter how you feel about this witch, the shit show she caused in season 4, or what ship you enjoy, you can agree that this moment was stunning. Also, very much on the heartbreaking side of things now that we know there’s no coming back.
Sabrina saying goodbye to Nick, saying both his names, felt like a brand on our hearts of how epic this ship truly is. Sabrina saying goodbye to her friends reminded us of the journey that has led her here and the found family that loved her fiercely. But it was Sabrina saying goodbye to her Aunties that ABSOLUTELY destroyed us.
We want more. No, we need more. Because we’ve always known the role that Aunt Zelda and Hilda have played in Sabrina’s life. But it wasn’t until this very moment that we understood that these two women were her mothers. They raised her, nursed her, taught her about the world, and made her into the woman sacrificing herself for the world.
And it kills us to think of Zelda and Hilda suffering through the pain of Sabrina’s loss with no resurrection in sight. Because let’s be honest, if this show had another season Sabrina would’ve come back. The coven snatched Sabrina’s soul from an endless void and then rescued her body later on. They have the power and the will. They would’ve found a way.
The person…no, the entity that is responsible for ending such amazing storylines is *start ominous music* Netflix. They didn’t see that season 4 is the best season of them all and that they could’ve built up something fascinating, fun, heartbreaking, and different when you compare it to other supernatural or teen drama shows.
Instead we have wasted potential, a season finale wrap up scene that is lovely but rushed, and a fandom begging for more. So, here’s hoping that another network sees the potential of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Here’s hoping they see the feminist show, with major found family themes, and go, “This is worth something investing in.” Because it is. And we guarantee you that there are people who would follow this show anywhere.
We’re those people. And we need more.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4 is available on Netflix.
Lovely review, I hope we can get part 5, because as you said, Sabrina would come back and I really hope, if we had part 5 that Nick would come back too. These teenagers should be able to live day by dya, moment by moment, surrounded by their family/found family after the sacrifices they did. Nick trying to save them from Lucifer and Sabrina trying to save the world. A place where they can heal and grow together and become the amazing witch and warlock they were destined to be
Absolute insanity to think that season 4 was the best season. It was the worst, by far – lacking in originality, cutting corners on storyline (no doubt because of the cancellation), and not to mention those cringey cover songs smattered throughout.. just.. why? Seasons 1-3 were superior, and it is a shame that the cancellation obviously ruined their budget and caused them to hammer through a half-baked storyline that could have been great if they had the time and budget for it.