REVIEW: ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Part 4 Wraps Up the Hit Netflix Series in a Surprisingly Satisfying Way
Part four of the hit Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has finally arrived, and fans are in for a rollercoaster of emotions as the series comes to an end.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premiered back in 2018. Now, along with saying goodbye to 2020, we are saying goodbye to all of our favorite characters in the final part, airing December 31. So how does it all end? What happens to our favorite half-witch, half-mortal? Who ends up with who? Does everyone survive? Did Sabrina make the right choice? Let’s break it all down.
Part four has a total of eight episodes, ending the series on “Chapter 36: At the Mountains of Madness.” This season deals with not only two Sabrinas, but eight Eldritch Terrors. Each episode ends up feeling like its own mini-movie. We see Sabrina and her loved ones battle the darkness, uninvited, weird, perverse, cosmic, returned, endless, and void.
Get ready witches, for the remainder of this article, we will be getting into spoilers. So if you haven’t watched, be sure to return to read the rest after watching. If you’ve already seen part four, let’s dig into all the details.
We see Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) grow in this final part while going through the things a lot of teenagers feel and face. She realizes that she was attempting to fill herself with the wrong things and that she needed to figure out who she truly was. We see Sabrina truly learn the importance of self-love. This is probably one of the most, if not the most, important lessons of the series. We also get double the fun since we have two Sabrinas: Spellman and Morningstar. Sabrina and Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) have plenty of amazing cousin moments throughout part four, which has been a constant throughout the entire series. These two have one of the best bonds on the show. Ambrose is the first one Sabrina goes to when she’s in trouble and their trust only seems to grow in each part. The character of Ambrose is also very fun and lovable throughout the series.
Rosalind (Jaz Sinclair), also known as Roz, gets one of the most exciting storylines of part four, which is finding out that she is actually a witch. This leads to some wonderful interactions between her and Prudence (Tati Gabrielle), as well as her character also being in more of the action when it comes to witchcraft. Roz’s friendship with Sabrina also seems to be the strongest it’s ever been in this part, which is a beautiful full-circle moment as Sabrina felt as if there was a distance between them, and felt she had to lie to spend time with her friends in the beginning episodes of part four. Prudence finally gets the moment she has been waiting for in the final episode of the series, informing her father (Richard Coyle) that she will be scattering him to the four corners of the earth and finally making sure he never causes trouble for her or the coven again.
While we last saw Nick (Gavin Leatherwood) struggling with the aftermath of housing the Dark Lord (Luke Cook) inside of him, in this part we see him slowly going back to the Nick we fell in love with in the earlier parts. This attitude also brings fans back to the way Nick and Sabrina first really interacted in parts one and two, which is a nice way to build them back up as the series comes to a close. Theo (Lachlan Watson) and Harvey (Ross Lynch) were both stable characters throughout part four, which was a nice change of pace. You need those grounded characters with a plot as crazy as this one, but it didn’t necessarily feel as if either was thrown to the side. They were involved in the action and both had their moments, but they gave a sense of reality to the show; and in a show full of witches, that humanity is invaluable.
As always, Michelle Gomez proves what a versatile actress she is by killing it as both Lilith and Mrs. Wardwell. Both characters received their own unique storylines for this part and Gomez makes her time on screen as both an absolute delight. She is by far the scene-stealer of the series. Another constant that we see in this final part that is probably one of the most important, is Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto) and Aunt Hilda’s (Lucy Davis) love for Sabrina. They treat her as if she is their own daughter and their support never wavers. The Spellmans stick together, which is why that last scene between the two Aunts with Hilda saying she is going to move back in and Zelda getting emotional over how wrong it is that Sabrina was not saved, was enough to bring anyone watching to tears.
One episode that was a fun treat for fans was episode six, which involved a Battle of the Bands. Of course, we see The Fright Club back in action, with Robin (Jonathan Whitesell) joining them for the performance. Even better though, we get introduced to The Dark Mothers, aka Sabrina, Nick, Prudence, and Ambrose. Even if you’re not a fan of musicals, this was a fun little sequence and a good break from all of the action, yet it does play a part in the storyline for the episode so it’s not outlandish. Not to mention, both performances are impossible not to enjoy since all of the voices of each group work so well together to bring the songs to life.
This episode also gives fans a Weird Sisters reunion, bringing Dorcas (Abigail Cowen) back to life as one of the returned. It gives fans a real goodbye moment, with Dorcas stating that she doesn’t want to be dead and Prudence promising that they will be reunited again soon, as well as her telling Agatha (Adeline Rudolph) that she forgives her. That forgiveness brings Agatha’s sanity back, leading to a devastating scene where she asks Prudence what she did to her sister. This is beautiful in itself because while Prudence loses Dorcas all over again, she finally gets Agatha back.
Of course, one last thing that must be highlighted is Beth Broderick and Caroline Rhea joining the magic as Aunt Zelda and Aunt Hilda in episode seven, where Sabrina Morningstar is thrown into an alternate universe. You might recognize both of them as the original Aunties from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
This part was sure to give fans of every relationship a gem, even if they all can’t be endgame. We have to answer the big question first: who did Sabrina end up with? Well, after declaring that she was it for him and he would wait however long it takes, Nick ends up with Sabrina, but not necessarily in the way fans would expect. Before she dies, sacrificing herself for the world and her loved ones, she and Nick are back together and stronger than ever. From Nick transferring to Baxter High for Sabrina, to Sabrina spending what she thought was her last hours on earth with Nick, we see the two of them come back together after the heartbreak of the last part. The final scene is what really gives fans of the relationship peace of mind though— Nick meets Sabrina in the afterlife after going swimming in the Sea of Sorrows, leading to Nick assuring her that what matters is that they are finally together forever. In this scene, fans might also notice that both of them are still wearing the matching necklaces that Nick gave to Sabrina as an early birthday present previously in the episode so that they would always be able to find each other. This ending is also very fitting considering Nick’s last words to Sabrina before she dies are, “I’ll see you on the other side.”
What is truly special about this part’s dynamic when it comes to the fan-favorite couple, is we see their interactions as exes, which did involve some jealousy, before they find their way back to each other. One of the best moments was their duet while Sabrina is attempting to get the weird out of her. We see Nick once again stepping up without hesitation to help Sabrina in whatever way he can while she is the hero of the story. Something as simple as singing her mantra with her to help ground her makes such a precious moment between the pair. Another is his speech to Sabrina Morningstar, asking her if there is even a one percent chance of her forgiving and wanting to be with him; if it was over, or if there was a tiny chance he could undo the biggest mistake of his life.
Now if you were rooting for Sabrina to end up with either Harvey or Caliban, there were some moments for you as well. Sabrina Morningstar is the key to both of those. She ends up marrying Caliban (Sam Corlett) while being Queen of Hell, and she has great moments together with Harvey when she goes to an alternate universe in order to save her world from the fifth Eldritch Terror, the cosmic. The best part of this outcome is that Harvey’s feelings for Rosalind were never a question and Sabrina Spellman’s feelings for Caliban never came into play. By separating it this way, it ensured that whoever Sabrina Spellman ended up with, she’d be giving her full heart to. There was also a wedding in part four; fans get to see Hilda and Dr. Cee (Alessandro Juliani) tie the knot in an episode dedicated to their wedding. They also have an adorable ceremony afterward that is bound to leave every fan smiling.
As for our other favorite relationships, we see how strong Harvey and Roz are with multiple amazing scenes between the pair. Some of their best scenes are just the conversations between them, such as when Rosalind tells him that she is a witch, her speech to Harvey about who he truly is in the perverse episode and Harvey’s speech to her when they exit the perverse and come back to reality. Theo and Robin’s relationship is another one that proves to be everlasting. The couple not only provides much-needed and groundbreaking representation in the entertainment industry but is treated the same way as the other couples on the show, which is so crucial. It isn’t just a token relationship; it is real and treated as such. We see them doing the simple things that come with being a couple as well as the big emotional moments, making it impossible not to root for them to get an ultimately happy ending. One of their best moments is their emotional scene in Theo’s bedroom when he tells Robin to leave before locking his window so that Robin can’t return. One of their sweetest is when Robin comes back to help Theo, which leads to Theo asking him to stay and Robin saying that is all he ever wanted.
Unfortunately, there is some heartbreak for other couples. Prudence and Ambrose never actually get back together, although they do work together at certain points throughout and have some cute moments together. The last we see of the pair is Prudence comforting Ambrose at Sabrina’s funeral. We also lose Zelda and Mambo Marie’s (Skye P. Marshall) relationship far too soon, but the breakup scene between the two characters is done in such a heartbreakingly beautiful way. Their final moments together end up being some of their best, only because it shows the love between them. Although, this was the one relationship that needed more screentime and development. One can only hope that one day they will be able to reconnect since Mambo Marie did give Zelda a way to always reach her.
Most shows really can’t pull off killing the main character, yet Chilling Adventures of Sabrina manages to do it in a surprisingly satisfying way. They don’t do it too early, they don’t show how life just goes on without Sabrina as if it was easy to get over, and they make her sacrifice worthy of a series finale. They manage to give fans the best possible ending by showing that Sabrina is not only okay in the afterlife, but by reuniting her with the love of her life and showing that she won’t be there alone. This also serves as another full-circle moment considering for the first half of this part, Sabrina was struggling with feeling alone and empty. In no way does this mean that she needed a man to make her happy or fulfill her, but it gives her a happy ending after she commits the ultimate sacrifice. The most important aspect of Sabrina’s death is that it didn’t seem to be done for shock value and didn’t necessarily come out of nowhere. You get a feeling of, “Wow… that’s an ending;” it’s the end, and you get that closure only a satisfying ending could provide, even though the show wasn’t ready to end. Is this the ending these two characters deserved? Definitely not, but they’re finally able to truly rest together with no worries of having to fight the next battle and they’re okay in the afterlife, together. They’re not alone or suffering and that’s what should be focused on. In its own way, for the town of Greendale, that is a happy ending.
So let’s get to the most important question: did the final part serve as a good way to end the series? Part four provided fans with many great scenes, for the characters, relationships, and friendships. By killing Sabrina, it gives fans a finality to the ending and some real closure with its final scenes. The last episode feels like a journey in itself and part of the journey is unfortunately the end. The actors and writers gave this season everything they had and the result is something worthy of the show’s legacy. They pulled it together, which deserves major respect since this wasn’t expected to be their last part.
Without Sabrina and Nick’s final scene, the ending would not have been as satisfying. You’d feel the loss of losing the main character and feel incomplete because you start to think of every possible way she could come back— this is a show with witches and magic after all. Nick said it best, “She can’t… she’s Sabrina;” you never expected her to not be able to beat death. By adding that final scene as the ending, you are giving the fans the happy ending they desire, while also pulling off an unpredictable ending rather than doing something for pure shock value. While your first reaction might be sadness at this major character death, or rather both major character deaths, when you step back and take that final scene as the happiest ending they could give without leaving ends untied for another part, you realize that it truly is a good ending. Of course, you want more and of course, they could do more, but that’s why this final episode should be even more impressive to fans. They gave closure even though they were ready for another part. They didn’t leave fans on a cliffhanger when they knew that this was it for the show and these characters. So while this wasn’t necessarily the “happy ending” that fans may have wanted for Sabrina (and Nick), it is in a way fitting for the dark reimagining of the character.
Part four is now streaming exclusively on Netflix, and you can also binge-watch the first three parts if you want to watch the whole series from start to finish.