Sabrina Spellman and Salem at the Carnival Carcosa
There is no coincidence as to why this episode is called "All of Them Witches." If you've ever seen the 1968 film Rosemary's Baby, you may recall the book Rosemary's dear friend Hutch gives to her in reference to her concerns about nosy elderly neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet. The book is titled All of Them Witches, and it is all about witchcraft as well as the nature of witches, their rituals, and even goes into detail about famous people who are witches. Now, this is a fictitious book and does not exist in reality, but it doesn't stop creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from taking inspiration from it. "All of Them Witches" focuses heavily on the need for a collective involvement to perform spells, seances, and rituals. Now, you could say "the entire series focuses on this!" Yes, I agree, but this episode really rolls with nearly everything the book says witches do.
At the end of "The Devil Within," the Church of Night used the last of their powers to send out a call for help in their fight against Carcosa's pagans. This call wasn't happily answered and we see what comes of it in this episode. Meanwhile, Hilda faces her own personal crises thanks to the hands of the pagan Circe. Lilith receives a long forgotten gift anew. The thinly veiled threat strikes fear deep within her. All the while Sabrina is pulled to and fro between her mortal friends and the coven as each faces their own problems all because of the pagans. Sabrina must take the lead when it comes to helping both sides, but she can't do it alone. It doesn't help that Sabrina can no longer count on the one she loves for help, an issue on which Prudence provides her unsolicited two cents. The advice is actually resonates well within Sabrina and makes for a memorable scene when the teen witch takes a stand.
The episode is capped by a truly shocking cliffhanger. There are still two episodes left and it is unbelievable that this event happens when it does. There is no way you will be able to stop watching right here and you will absolutely be sucked in to viewing the 7th and most likely 8th and finale episode. I hope you're prepared for one hell of a ride in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Dorcas, Sabrina and Roz at the Academy of Unseen Arts
This episode is written by Joshua Conkel, a relatively new writer according to his IMDB. He did write 3 teleplays for the other Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events. Conkel has been working on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina since Part 1 (Season 1) where he has then written one episode per season. For someone so new, Conkel sure does a wonderful job of furthering the story with heavy dishes of drama and attitude, all of which raise the stakes of this season's overarching plot to new heights. However, I think the real reason this episode is so well done is because of director Michael Goi. With one glance at his résumé, Goi is a highly experienced in film and television. He is a cinematographer through and through with 75 credits under his belt who then decided to try his hand at directing steadily as of 2015. I often say the best directors are those who have been editors or cinematographers beforehand because of their creative eye and ability to craft a fluidly visual story. The stills I have selected alone are proof of Goi's expertise in blocking a scene.
Caliban, demon Prince of Hell and Prudence Blackwood
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Part 3 is now available to watch in its entirety on Netflix.