Spoiler alert. To fully discuss this final episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I’m going to have to spoil the ending. I hope you’ll understand why.
It’s hard really to know where to begin with this episode. It’s the last episode of the season and the series.
I wasn’t expecting it to have a fully happy ending. I wasn’t expecting everyone to live through it.
I also didn’t expect to feel so utterly betrayed in so many, many ways.
The episode starts with Sabrina Morningstar falling through the mirror into Sabrina Spellman’s bedroom. She dies almost at once after delivering a cryptic warning. The last of the Eldridge terrors is coming, The Void.
Unsure what to do, Sabrina is visited by the Trinket Man again. And if you’re wondering if we ever get an explanation of who he is, we don’t. He just shows up, somehow possessing things like an Eldridge Terror and Pandora’s Box. Look, I’m not asking for his whole background. But some idea would be nice.
He gives Sabrina Pandora’s box and tells her to open it inside The Void to destroy it. But he cautions her that she might be trapped in the box as well.
Riddled by guilt, Sabrina heads into The Void to do just that. She does pretty well, too. The Void is slowly being sucked into oblivion, and she’s standing her ground. That is until her aunts decide to pull her back.
They can’t pull back her body, The Void has hold of that. But they can pull back her soul. And so they do, pulling it right into the body of Sabrina Morningstar.
Sorry, but if Morningstar is dead, then her body is dead. Putting another soul inside is not going to heal the damned body. Not that I expected anything else at this point.
But somehow she stands right up, perfectly fine in this body.
Except that, somehow, The Void has attached itself to her soul.
The result of this, after some shenanigans with Father Blackwood, the aunts have to cut Sabrina’s throat to open a portal to get back people taken by The Void. They think they can keep her stable, but they just barely run out of time.
Now, here’s the thing that really got under my skin. Sabrina is in the afterworld, in what looks like a pretty comfortable place. She’s sitting on a bench, reading when Nick shows up. He threw himself into the Sea of Sorrows.
He committed suicide to be with her.
And I’ve got a real problem with that. I think that’s a sick way to end a show that was aimed at teens and young adults. It’s a horrible lesson, and a horrible note to end on.
After watching this final episode, I don’t know that I can say I’m sorry I watched the series. The show has always had its funny, charming, exciting moments. And when it’s good, it’s blow you out of the water good. But when it’s bad, it’s really bad. It’s sloppy, cliche, oversimplified. It’s offensive, insulting, and potentially dangerous.
Sabrina deserved better than this. If you haven’t seen any of the show, I’d consider whether the good parts are worth dealing with the bad.