After the five previous seasons, you would think the phrase, "I can't believe what's going on over on Riverdale" would've been beaten into the ground by now. The fact that it applies to The CW's Riverdale Season 6 more than ever says a whole lot about what this "Rivervale" event's been offering. First, KJ Apa's Archie ran into a bit of a "heart-stopper," then Vanessa Morgan's Toni Topaz was forced to take up a new career that's not big on kids, and finally Reggie (Charles Melton) learned the very hot way that Veronica (Camila Mendes) isn't just a Lodge by name. And did we mention that it seemed like folks were selling their souls faster than Mr. Lou Cypher (yup) could draft up the blood-inked contracts? Thankfully, there was a glimmer of hope in the revelation that Pop's is some kind of "sacred ground" and that could be key to getting things back to normal. But for now, things stay weird and creepy as Kiernan Shipka's Sabrina Spellman visits Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) in next week's "Chapter Ninety-Nine: The Witching Hour(s)." But as we learn more about the tragic stories of the Blossom women through the years, we can't help but wonder if Sabrina's here to help… or help things continue as they are. Here's a look at the preview images, episode overview, and promo for the next chapter:
Riverdale Season 6 Episode 4 "Chapter Ninety-Nine: The Witching Hour(s)": SABRINA SPELLMAN (GUEST STAR KIERNAN SHIPKA) COMES TO RIVERVALE — As Bailey's Comet passes over Rivervale, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Nana Rose (guest star Barbara Wallace) revisit the tragic stories of the Blossom women through the years. Meanwhile, the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event prompts Cheryl to summon a familiar face to Rivervale – Sabrina Spellman (guest star Kiernan Shipka). Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Mädchen Amick, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan, Charles Melton, Erinn Westbrook and Drew Ray Tanner also star. James DeWille directed the episode written by Arabella Anderson.
Last month, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka took some time out from promoting her C13Features feature-length audio movie Treat to discuss what it was like returning to the role and how it felt playing Sabrina in the "Riverdale" sandbox:
On Returning to Sabrina in a Different Series Environment: "It was great. I never really felt like I got to say a proper goodbye to Sabrina when we wrapped, so to be able to revisit her and to see her in a new light, it was like riding a bike. I didn't know if it was gonna be or not, but coming back and being her again felt great. It also felt nostalgic, which I'd never experienced with Sabrina before because I was always just so in it. So, to go back and be a new person in the same headband was really, really thrilling. I really enjoyed it. It meant a lot to me, it really did."
On Learning New Things About Sabrina: "There's still more to be revealed. She still carries a sense of mystery in the episode. But of course, you're always learning new things. I think there are always new curiosities. Playing her from a different perspective and in a different timeline was very interesting. I had to work out in my brain what happened in between."
So our biggest takeaway are the lines, "a new person in the same headband," "playing her from a different perspective and in a different timeline was very interesting," and "I had to work out in my brain what happened in between," which seem to be implying that this will be taking place before the Netflix series finale (which means Sabrina's still dead). That said, we're not buying into anything 100% yet. Because to be honest, having Sabrina's run on Riverdale happen after the Netflix series finale would raise so many intriguing questions about her return. Just make sure not to answer them on Riverdale. Instead, drop vague verbal clues and cryptic teases about what went down.