The only thing separating Sabrina’s gang in Greendale and Archie’s gang in Riverdale from a full-fledged crossover is, well, Sweetwater river. But is it really?
‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ debuted on Netflix in 2018, following the life of a teenage half-witch, Sabrina Spellman (played by Kiernan Shipka), and the struggles she faces with her coven along with the after-effects they have on the mortal world.
- The ‘Sabrina’ and ‘Riverdale’ crossover that was … and then wasn’t
- The crossover episode would’ve led to an apocalypse in Greendale
- Will Sabrina and Ambrose find themselves in ‘Riverdale’ again?
After a successful four-season run, Netflix has decided to cancel the show, much to the dismay of its 90,000 and growing loyal fans who have deemed it an “unfair cancellation”, and have even set up a petition for a renewal of the show.
Fans have often compared the show to CW’s ‘Riverdale’, a series based in a town that is only a river away from Sabrina’s home in Greendale. ‘Riverdale’ is the home of Archie and his friends, and is a series that continues to get renewed season after season, despite what seems to be an overly-dragged storyline.
If you think about it, the only thing that is really separating the two towns is the Sweetwater River. But as it turns out, the river is not the only thing that’s preventing the Sabrina-Riverdale crossover, according to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
The ‘Sabrina’ and ‘Riverdale’ crossover that was … and then wasn’t
On one side of the Sweetwater river is Greendale, the eerie setting for ‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’, a town full of witches and their covens, and even has the exact spot where Lucifer hit earth after falling from heaven. No biggie, really.
On the other side lies ‘Riverdale’, the locale of the hit series that is home to Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, Pop’s Chock’Lit Shoppe (or should we call it the greatest milkshake shop ever?), a very strange family dynasty, and well, loads of groups … we mean gangs. The two shows co-exist in the same universe and yet, are worlds apart.
Just when fans were beginning to cope with the cancellation announcement of ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa (the creator behind both, ‘Sabrina’ and ‘Riverdale’) gave them something else to think about – a hope that his characters were meant to do a lot more than just make cameos and comment on the other town’s existence.
You’ve got it – ‘Sabrina’ Season 5 was meant to have a ‘Riverdale’ crossover episode. Roberto announced it in a tweet posted to his Twitter profile. “Thank you for all the love, #sabrinanetflix fans. Part four is our best yet and part five, “Witch War,” would’ve been AMAZING. To be continued in the pages of #CAOS comic book …” Don’t miss out on the crossover imagery!
The crossover episode would’ve led to an apocalypse in Greendale
Just like this photo suggests, the crossover would have been pretty amazing.
In his tweet, creator Roberto mentioned that part five of ‘Sabrina’, “Witch War” will continue to write itself in the pages of his ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ comic book. Known as ‘Afterlife with Archie’, the comic sees a heart-broken Jughead Jones travel to Sabrina’s town of Greendale after his beloved dog is killed, in the hopes that the witch will bring it back to life with her magic.
Not seeing the possible outcome, Sabrina obliges, and in her orderly fashion brings back the dog as a zombie. The zombie-dog eventually bites Jughead and causes an undead apocalypse. While it would’ve been amazing to see this chaos ensue on TV, we’re certainly having a hard time placing the visuals. But this Sabrina-Riverdale crossover episode could’ve gone down in history!
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Will Sabrina and Ambrose find themselves in Riverdale again?
Without definitive confirmation from the people behind the shows, we think the answer is a resounding no. Season 4 is the last we will see of Sabrina and her coven, no matter how many suspicious behind-the-scenes photos flood social media.
The real reason behind the Sabrina cancellation is still unknown to fans (it did happen in a traditional Netflix style). But what’s done is done, and Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) and Sabrina could travel to Riverdale for another quest again next season, but whether they run into a friendly face from ‘Riverdale’ is a mystery that’ll have to unravel itself!
With the final season set to air later this year, we wonder if the showrunners will manage to tie up all loose ends for Sabrina’s story. Guess we’ll just have to leave the Riverdale Vs Greendale face-off we’ve been waiting for, to our imagination!
Would you rather watch the Sabrina-Riverdale crossover episode or read the tale in the upcoming comic book? Let us know in the comments box below!