The world of Archie Comics has spawned two successful shows in recent years, Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The latter of the two shows recently released its final season, which saw Sabrina sacrifice her life to save her town, in an explosive series finale that left fans heartbroken. Kiernan Shipka, who plays the lead role of Sabrina, told ET Online that she was completely blindsided by the fate of her character.
"I was very surprised. I think I sort of had the same mentality as everyone else, which was Sabrina can't die. She is Sabrina. She can't die. And then I was like, 'Oh, there's no more pages. I think that's it. But it's a dramatic ending. At the end of the day, I think that what it represents is she is truly a selfless soul, and she sacrifices herself for the greater good which is very hefty. And I think it hit me emotionally quite a bit. It's not an easy ending to just digest. There is a lot of meaning and impact behind it and how we wish to read into that. But above all else, I was completely surprised."
Unlike the previous Sabrina The Teenage Witch sitcom which took a much more lighthearted approach to the source material, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a darkly gothic tale of a teen magician struggling to reconcile her human side with her witchy side.
Given the magical nature of the show, Sabrina's sacrifice of her own life in the finale does not necessarily mean she is gone for good. Her paramour Nick decided that he could not live without Sabrina, and choose to follow her into the afterlife. According to Shipka, she would not put it past Sabrina to somehow find her way back from the afterlife if she chooses to.
"The character [of Sabrina] does not belong to me solely. It belongs to the fans and it belongs to the viewers, and if people wanna watch the finale and think that she ends up in the sweet hereafter with Nick, then amazing. I will say I think she's pretty savvy and could find her way back to Greendale if she chose to. And I think just because I love her so much, that's what I want to think happens. I hope that other people feel like it's not the end of Sabrina, but just the next phase of whatever kind of crazy life or afterlife she may lead. Anything is possible in the world of Sabrina. So, that's sort of where I sit with it. I hope that she gets back."
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 4 stars Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle, Michelle Gomez as Mary Wardwell/Madam Satan, Jaz Sinclair as Rosalind Walker, Lachlan Watson as Theo Putnam, Gavin Leatherwood as Nicholas Scratch, Tati Gabrielle as Prudence Blackwood, Chance Perdomo as Ambrose Spellman, Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman, Richard Coyle as Faustus Blackwood and Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman. The entire season is streaming now on Netflix. This news comes from ET Online.