[Warning: this post contains spoilers for CAOS part 2]
Praise Satan! The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is finally back, and so is the mischief and mystery of Greendale.
While the Christmas special episode was enough to tide fans over between part one and two of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, nothing too crazy happened. Sabrina got a visit from her mother, Yule Lads wreaked havoc on the aunties’ household (thanks to Madam Wardwell), and Aunt Hilda gave up baby Leticia (father Blackwood’s child who she kidnapped) to the witch Desmelda in order to protect her. Oh, and Harvey told Sabrina to never use magic around him ever again. Ouch!
But now, Sabrina is back in full force, and this season is even darker than the last. Demons, witch hunters and ill-behaved plants are just a few of the evil things thrown Sabrina’s way—you know, typical teen probs! But while you were focusing on that (and Nick Scratch’s beautiful face) there are a ton of details, easter eggs, and hidden clues you might have missed:
The history of Asmodeus runs deep.
In episode one, the demon Asmodeus proclaims himself the lord of vermin (aka rats.) But in general theology, Asmodeus is the demon who represents lust, one of the seven deadly sins. By trying to scare Sabrina, he could actually be warning her to be wary of her own lust…towards her warlock crush, Nick Scratch. Nick seems like a good guy at first, but as you know, he was on the side of the Devil all along…
And if the name Asmodeus sounds familiar, that’s because you might have heard it on two other supernatural shows. In CW’s Shadowhunters, Asmodeus is the name of Magnus Bane’s evil demon father. On Supernatural, he’s a Prince of Hell. So…not good anywhere.
There’s a very specific ‘Riverdale’ connection.
When the three demons are summoned by Sabrina and Nick in episode one, they explain why they came to Sabrina. After wishing death upon her, they say in unison, “The half-witch must not ascend.”
If you watch Riverdale, there’s probably a massive red siren going off in your brain right now. The word “ascend” is a huge part of the show’s current plot, which involves the deadly game Gryphons and Gargoyles. The main goal of G&G is to “ascend” and join the Gargoyle King, and people are legit dying trying to do it. Since CAOS and Riverdale are both written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, there’s no way the use of that word is just a coincidence. And it just so happens that the Gargoyle King looks an awful lot like the Dark Lord. Could this be the set-up to a future Sabrina-Riverdale crossover? I sure hope so.
The Satan statue remains in the Academy.
Back in November 2018, the Satanic Temple sued Warner Bros. and Netflix for using an image of Satan in the show. The statue, which sits in the center of the Academy of Unseen Arts, depicts Satan with two children at his side. And according to the Temple, Netflix’s use of it was copyright infringement.
Though the case was settled, it’s probably a good thing the statue was destroyed and replaced with the Statue of Judas. Plus now, Netflix credits the Satanic Temple in the ending show credits.
Archie Comics are literally everywhere…
Roberto loves his Easter eggs, and Sabrina is riddled with them—especially ones related to the Archie Comics. Since a lot of scenes take place in Dr. Cerberus’ book shop, it’s the perfect place to hide all sorts of Archie nuggets. If you pay close attention, you’ll see real Archie Comics issues scattered all throughout the shop.
The book shop isn’t the only place where Archie Comics appear. Multiple posters are hung in Harvey’s room as well.
And if you’re wondering why “Mad House” keeps showing up, it’s because that’s where Sabrina first appeared. Archie’s Mad House was a spinoff of the original Archie comic series, and issue no. 22 was when Sabrina was introduced. She eventually got her own comic series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
…and Sabrina still has her Archie Comics thermos.
Betty, Veronica, Archie, and Jughead all made an appearance in part one of CAOS…via Sabrina’s thermos. And she’s still got it in part two, despite her wardrobe change!
The magician posters contain hidden clues.
Along with the Archie Comics, vintage-style posters of the world’s most famous magicians appear all over the walls of Greendale. Harry Houdini, Harry Kellar, Charles Joseph Carter, Newmann the Great, and more are pictured in the background of shots.
But the posters aren’t just for decoration—some of the magicians’ most famous tricks are carried out by a warlock on Sabrina. Charles Joseph Carter was known for his “sawing a woman in half” trick, which Nick performs in the “Doctor Cerberus’s House of Horror” episode. He also performs the levitation trick, which was made famous by Harry Kellar.
The angel witch-hunters had wings.
When the murderous missionaries showed up to the Academy, it seemed like a suicide mission. Two mortals versus a school full of witches? No chance. But the Weird Sisters were shook when the witch hunters revealed that they were actually angels (and thus couldn’t be killed so easily.) They seemed like average (annoying) humans, but they weren’t bluffing. Later on, when they got lit on fire by Sabrina, you could see the outline of their wings.
There’s an ode to a famous ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ quote.
I never thought I’d see a RuPaul’s Drag Race reference in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but here we are. In the last episode of the season, Sabrina is resisting the Dark Lord, as always. While discussing the latest effed up thing he’s done, she tells her aunties, “Well, I say, not today, Satan.”
Sound familiar? That’s because it’s one of the most iconic Drag Race lines of all time. Those famous words were uttered by the drag queen Bianca Del Rio in season 6, and now they’re forever preserved in gif form.
It’s a life motto for all, really.