Riverdale, despite its wild premise of "What if Archie was hot and Riverdale was full of murder?" has been a runaway hit for The CW and Archie Comics. It was only a matter of time, then, before more of the Archie universe came to television, so when it was announced last week that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would be joining Riverdale on air, the news was met with only mild surprise, and quite a bit of excitement.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a horror-focused comic about Sabrina Spellman, Greendale’s favorite teen witch. While her comic appearances and her 1990s television show with Melissa Joan Hart were more lighthearted and fun, Chilling Adventures is more reminiscent of Riverdale's darker tone. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the comic's writer and showrunner on Riverdale, has said the Sabrina show is more in line with Rosemary’s Baby or The Exorcist than the original, lighthearted comic, although it does still focus on Sabrina struggling with her dual nature as a witch and a regular teen girl.
Given the darker tone and connection through Aguirre-Sacasa, it makes sense that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would be the next Archie property to follow Riverdale to TV. But will it take place in the same universe as its sister show?
There’s been speculation since Riverdale debuted in 2016 that Sabrina Spellman would join Archie and friends on the show. As recently as May this year, Aguirre-Sacasa said that the teen witch could show up in Season 2, along with more supernatural elements. However, the announcement of Chilling Adventures gives no details about how, or if, the two shows will relate to each other. It’s entirely possible that any hints about Sabrina showing up on Riverdale may have been to gauge audience interest in the character, thinking ahead to giving her a show of her own.