Warning: may contain spoilers!
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is back, and inarguably bigger than ever. Season one was met with plenty of skepticism on whether Netflix could succeed in recreating the magic of the Season which allowed Melissa Joan Hart to steal plenty of hearts for herself.
But this time around, we had already been reassured that the reinvention of the series was in safe and capable hands and that the producers weren’t afraid to delve into the midst of dark occultism, gore, and depravity.
There may have only been nine episodes in this season, but each episode packed a plethora of action into each sequence as we followed a Sabrina who was much more confident in her powers. Signing the Book of the Best pretty much had the same impact that giving birth to Dragons had on Daenerys in Game of Thrones, and as the age old saying goes “with great power comes great responsibility”.
The battles Sabrina had to face were much greater than her squabbles against the weird sisters and the tribulations of dating a mortal. As she smashed the patriarchy and contended with far dangerous suitors, there were plenty more reasons to become enamored by Sabrina as she revealed in her powers used them to prevent the end of the world on numerous occasions.
We’ll leave you to discover plenty of the magic for yourself, but here are our top five reasons we fell deeper in love with Sabrina.
1. The Tale of Lilith and the Dark Lord
There are very, very few actresses which can pull off megalomaniac magnetism as well as Michelle Gomez who plays Mrs Wardwell. We knew from the last season that she was quite the insidious character with her own self-serving motivations and no intention of working in the best interest of Sabrina.
But as with any tale, you’ll need to go right back to the start, which teasingly happens at the end of the season. Finally, you’re given an insight into how Mrs Wardwell – Or by her true title; Lilith came to follow the dark lord so blindly.
For anyone not up on the tale of Samael the fallen angel and Lilith; Adam’s first wife, you’re in for a tear-jerking serving of mythology. He was the first being Lilith found since leaving Adam in Eden. She greeted a creature which she could wholeheartedly adore with complete subservience, I mean, that’s the dream, isn’t it? Samael turning into a creature of darkness wasn’t exactly ideal, but it’s the part in the story which makes this tale so resonant, even if it was written in traditional Jewish scripture.
2. Dorian Grey
Not content with the amount of literary and occult figures present in season 1, everyone’s favourite narcissist Dorian Grey was added to the cast of characters in season 2. Dorian plays a pivotal part in season two – and that doesn’t just include serving absinthe in his male members only nightclub and looking fabulous in an anachronistic getup! The inventive portrayal of Dorian from Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel had a significant twist on the original, but how seamlessly it fits into the plot was where the ingenuity lay in his addition into the cast. As a key figure who was integral to the downfall of Blackwood, the season wouldn’t have been the same without him.
3. Aunt Zelda’s Character Transformation
One of the hardest things to get to grips with in season 1 was, was how positively glacial Aunt Zelda was. It was perfectly fine to detest her, as loving her character was damn near impossible. Her reluctance to look past her calling as a witch to care for her family instead of the demands of the dark lord was a pretty prevalent theme. Just as they were until the end of Season 2 until she finally snaps out of her affinity for the insipid, slightly petulant Blackwood. The second season allows you to watch her transgressive journey into the powerful feminine matriarch we all knew she was capable of being and it was nothing short of wholesome. Aunt Hilda’s character also saw plenty of reinvention as the course of events caused her to relinquish her bumbling nature and step up to the plate as she should have done in season 1. I can’t wait to see how the two Aunties combine forces in season three to slay with even more compassionate vehemence than ever.
4. The Tale of Theo
While some of the aspects of Theo’s transformation were clearly portrayed to fit into the current socio-political discussions on gender, they were still incredibly moving to watch unfold. While so many viewers will still be getting to grips with the fact that gender doesn’t exist Theo’s storyline was incredibly clever. Especially when mandrake Sabrina offers to ‘fix Theo’s biology and make her a boy’. Theo may have been arguing with an evil mandrake, but that didn’t mean the sentiment didn’t hit hard. Theo and the other mortals also had a fair enough role to play in the prevention of the end of the world; providing a poignant narrative on positions of relative power.
5. The Rise of Feminine Power
Right from the start of the season when Blackwood stated that he was looking for a new ‘Top Boy’ instead of a new ‘Top Student’, it was clear misogyny would be a stark theme throughout season 2. Blackwood’s patriarchal institutional structures never stood a chance against Sabrina, her Aunties, Prudence along with her two sisters and even Lilith as they all joined their feminine powers.
In the aftermath of Blackwood – well absence, for now, Zelda will be taking charge as the high priestess as the church of Lilith. The numbers of the coven may be depleted, but with relatively few people left to stand against the fierce sisterhood, what’s the worst that can happen? I’m sure Sabrina dragging her friends into hell to try and retrieve Nick Scratch isn’t going to be as eventless, but would Lilith really let anything happen to Sabrina?
And Now the Wait Begins…
If you had little choice but to consume the entire season in the space of a weekend like me and you’re wondering when Sabrina will return, you might be a little disappointed with the answer! The showrunners are keeping details of the season three release very close to their chests! We’re crossing our fingers we’ll see Sabrina’s return in October, just in time for Halloween.
That gives us plenty of time to recap the episode finale and get excited about what season three will bring! Dig in and let us know what you think!
Article by Amelia Vandergast
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