A jaw-dropping season finale for "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"

RECAP SPOILER ALERT>>>>>>>>>>>>> "The Judas Kiss" ended with Roz and Theo's shrieks for Sabrina falling on deaf ears. The worst fell upon Greendale and nary a Spellman was able to do a thing to stop it. At the close of the episode, the beloved teen witch was cast into stone along with her fallen angel father, Lucifer Morningstar, and her regent Lilith. All that follows afterwards takes place here, in the season-ending episode titled "Sabrina Is Legend." I hope you have some snacks at the ready because this episode is not going to hold itself back.

Sabrina Spellman comes home

The title is an homage to the Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend (Yes, there's also the Will Smith movie, too). Much like the novel and film, Sabrina returns to Greendale only to discover a terrible fate has befallen the entire town. Though, she is not the lone survivor she initially thinks herself to be. Cousin Ambrose finds her and reveals what has happened since she left. Together, the cousins come up with a plan for how to make things right again. It is at this point that the show really makes a go at a major move pulled in Avengers: Endgame. Despite showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's best efforts, there is a major plot hole about how this maneuver is even a possibility. This is a problem that he could have corrected by scaling back on parts of the season that dragged on a bit like the Church of Night being unaware that the pagans were ill intentioned. I would hope this is elaborated on in the next season, but it really is a sticking point that is never resolved even at the episode's end. Nevertheless, this finale really makes its mark and leaves enough loose ends to bring home several significant plotlines in the next season.

"Sabrina Is Legend" plays more like a movie than it does a TV show. Though it is in the same vein as other teen dramas like Riverdale and Nancy Drew, you have to remember that this is a Netflix original series and did not stem from the CW. There is much more heart and life breathed into the characters with only a hint of a soap opera touch, likely due to the way the story is written. I could sing the praises of several of the actors, but the one who shines the most in this episode is Miranda Ott, who plays Aunt Zelda. If she seems familiar it is because she portrayed Eowyn in two Lord of the Rings films, The Two Towers and The Return of the King where she has the memorable "I am no man" scene. Much like Eowyn, Zelda truly makes her mark on the series with another memorable moment that is bound to leave you with goosebumps. Auntie Z makes her mark with another memorable moment with a newcomer from the season at the episode's end. I would presume it would go over well with the show's audience considering all of the fluidity that has spanned over the past three seasons.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has already received the greenlight for Part 4 (Season 4) and filming for it actually wrapped up at the end of February 2020. If this is the case, then hopefully we will see Part 4 premiere around Halloween 2020 rather than having to wait until 2021. Part 3 has certainly been one for the books, but my opinion holds Part 2 as the best season of the series. Nothing can beat the moment of Sabrina's resurrection as the Dark Lord's sword in Episode 17 "The Missionaries." No word yet on a 5th part/season, but as long as the series retains its viewers and is able to gain new subscribers, it shouldn't be a question that it will be renewed.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Part 3 is now available to watch in its entirety on Netflix.

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