Netflix's 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Casts a Fun Final Spell

The true eldritch terror is facing a world with no more new episodes of 'Sabrina.'


For anyone who is bummed out that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 4 is the last installment of Netflix’s witchy comic adaptation, we have good news for you: The final season packs about three or four seasons’ worth of magic, mayhem, and eldritch horror into the show’s last go-round, ensuring that we get our fill before its shocking conclusion. Once again, it’s up to Sabrina Spellman (and, if you’ve been paying attention, her secret double who was born out of a time loop at the end of the third season) to protect her friends, family, and the most important place in the universe, which just happens to be the small town of Greendale. 

In the last moments of the third season, the nefarious Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), furious at his former witch coven for turning their backs both on him and on all male deities (the Greendale coven worships Hecate, the Three-In-One, now), unleashes the Eldritch Terrors upon Greendale, Lovecraftian horrors including “The Uninvited,” “The Returned,” and (my personal favorite) “The Weird” that come from deep within the cosmos to wreak violence upon the mortal world. Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) is now two Sabrinas-Sabrina Spellman, the Sabrina who lives on Earth with her aunties and their coven, and Sabrina Morningstar, the Sabrina who has accepted her destiny as Queen of Hell and lives in the underworld with her father Lucifer (Luke Cook) and her lover Caliban (Sam Corlett), the strong-jawed villain from last season. As a fun little detail, the two wear a black headband and a red headband, respectively, in order to tell them apart. That’s enough for two seasons right there, but, as this show always tends to do, the fun doesn’t stop there. There are some truly inspired ideas this season, many of which are steamrolled by other ideas, some inspired, some not. This season begins with a genuinely good premiere episode wherein Sabrina tries to conjure up ways for her and her old friends to hang out again after feeling like they’ve moved on. Single and lonely, for the first few episodes Sabrina attempts to date a little bit, which is plenty of fun on its own, and then the show starts toying with a love triangle (quadrangle?) which is less fun. They also attempt to examine Sabrina’s relationships with her respective families, but even that gets swept under the rug in favor of more effects-heavy excitement.

Later on, there is one absolutely delightful meta episode in which one of the Sabrinas is transported to a universe where her life is a TV show-complete with Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, the two aunties from the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and a sardonic talking puppet Salem. I would have loved for the show to explore its double Sabrinas more-it definitely seems as if that was set up in hopes for a whole season to work with it (and, honestly, if they’d gotten rid of the monster-of-the-week format of the eldritch terrors, they could have!). The main problem with this final season, which is a problem that this show tends to have, is its inability to commit to one thing. In a final season, staring down the barrel of a definitive end to the show forever, I understand the compulsion to go all out and cram in all the stuff the previous seasons never got around to doing, but it comes at the expense of the story. This season’s emotional beats are hollowed by the sheer number of them, leading up to a finale that leaves the viewer wanting way more, and not in a good way. 

That said, if you’ve stuck with the show until the end, there’s plenty here to enjoy. The otherworldly villains are terrifying, aunties Hilda and Zelda are bewitching, the sweater-and-miniskirt combos are enviable, and Shipka continues to give a compelling, darker edge to her heroine that fits right in with the show’s daring willingness to go a little edgy (a daring that got it into trouble with the Satanic Temple itself). The fourth season is a fitting final bow for a show that will leave you wishing they had a few more installments to do it justice.Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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