Riverdale Will Need Sabrina Spellman Again, Says Kiernan Shipka

WARNING: This article includes SPOILERS from Riverdale season 6, episode 19, "The Witches of Riverdale."

Kiernan Shipka, who portrays Sabrina Spellman on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, believes Riverdale will need the help of the teenage witch once again. Despite coming from the same creator and showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina went to Netflix when The CW couldn't grant the show a full series order. Throughout Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's run, there were many allusions to the series taking place in the same universe as Riverdale. After years of wanting to see Archie Comics' most famous witch make a cameo, The CW drama finally delivered when Sabrina appeared in season 6.


After Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4 saw the show's cancellation, this seemingly opened the door for Shipka's Sabrina to finally arrive on Riverdale. At the start of Riverdale season 6, The CW series hosted a special five-part event called Rivervale, similar to The Flash's "Armageddon" arc. However, unlike the Arrowverse drama, Riverdale's storyline took the series into the Multiverse for the first time, establishing Sabrina as a parallel universe to the main series. This is how Shipka's Sabrina appeared on Riverdale at last. However, it wouldn't be the last time Spellman appeared on the show. Shipka reprised her role in the recent season 6, episode 19, "The Witches of Riverdale," as Sabrina came to the gang's aid to help resurrect their fallen loved ones. While Sabrina succeeded, the teenage witch's Riverdale future was left unclear.

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In an interview with TV Guide, Shipka was asked if she hopes to return to Riverdale, which is set to end with its upcoming season 7. Now that Shipka's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina character is alive, the actress is optimistic that Riverdale will need Sabrina down the line. In fact, she has seemingly already told the showrunner that she is more than happy to return if wanted:

"Yeah, she has to come back. I think they're gonna need her help again. Like for entertainment's sake, I would say [they should] lean into the chaos—no pun intended—as much as they can and work hard and have faith that it's all gonna work out, but at the end of the day, just truly probably call Sabrina again. I think they're gonna need her, to be quite honest."

For the final season of Riverdale, I told him whenever you need me, I'm there. I'm your girl. And besides that, I think that both Roberto and I—and I don't want to put words in his mouth—but I really do think that we're both so passionate about this character and keeping her alive and well in the zeitgeist, in the universe. She means a lot to a lot of people, and it's fun to share her with everyone and it's really fun to not only be her, but to get people excited about her. One of the joys of doing this is sharing the work, and when people love it, you want to keep doing it. I, certainly, and I think Roberto too, want to continuously see where she could go. I truly don't know what that looks like, but I am up for it. I don't know if it's a year from now, I don't know if it's two or three, but I'm still Sabrina."

Kiernan Shipka As Sabrina Spellman On Riverdale Season 6

While Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4 did see Sabrina get killed off in the series finale, Riverdale season 6 was somewhat able to give that arc some closure. During Shipka's latest Riverdale appearance, Sabrina explains to the crew that her boyfriend, Nick Scratch, had sacrificed himself to bring her back from the dead, while he remained in the Sweet Hereafter. This was despite the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series finale clearly showing Nick and Sabrina both together in the afterlife. As such, Shipka's latest Riverdale appearance slightly retcons these events, but also opens the door for another future return from her character. Given the actress' comments, this is now entirely possible in Riverdale season 7.

Riverdale season 6 has invested in establishing superpowers and magic in the show's universe, so it would seem a wasted opportunity not to have Shipka's Sabrina appear again. In an ideal scenario, Shipka would recur for several episodes back-to-back on Riverdale as Sabrina. Many viewers felt that the latest episode had Sabrina blend in with the other Riverdale characters so well that she almost appeared to be a series regular. Given how the Archieverse is seemingly coming to an end through Riverdale season 7, having Sabrina around for the show's final year would allow for more fun crossovers with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, perhaps this time with additional characters from the Netflix series.

MORE: Riverdale: Is Cheryl A Witch? The Link To Sabrina Explained

Source: TV Guide

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