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Can Riverdale Handle the Magical Power of Sabrina the Teenage Witch?


How weird is Riverdale going to get? The TV show takes its inspiration from Archie Comics and Twin Peaks, both of which have some supernatural elements involved, but so far Riverdale seems to be devoid all of all things magical. Still, we all know that Sabrina the Teenage Witch hails from the world of Archie Comics originally, and it doesn’t seem so strange to assume that she might end up on Riverdale.

That’s a question that folks have been asking Riverdale producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for a while now, and he’s still not ruling it out. She might even appear in season one, or at least that’s what he told The Wrap: “We could [see her in Season 1]. As I say, never say never, but it’s certainly within the realm of possibility.”

It sounds like Riverdale‘s hypothetical version of Sabrina wouldn’t bear much similarity to the version that Melissa Joan Hart played on TV in the late 90s and early 2000s, should she appear. Instead, this Sabrina might be a bit more grounded in reality–perhaps she’s got an interest in all things occult and witchcraft-related, without necessarily having the sparkly, ostentatious, outfit-changing powers that she displayed on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. That show was for kids, but Riverdale sure isn’t, so the vibe would have to change. Aguirre-Sacasa put it this way:

“The one thing that’s tricky is, there will always be a genre, mystery element to this show, but it’s hard to introduce a supernatural element. I think there’s a way to introduce Sabrina in a way that’s not supernatural, but she is, she’s a witch.”

He went on to elaborate on his concept, saying,

“As dark as Riverdale is, the vision for Sabrina is even darker. Riverdale is on one side of the Sweetwater River, and Greendale, where Sabrina lives, is on the other. There’s sort of that mythic idea that on one side of the river there’s one reality and on the other side of the river there’s another reality. So who knows? But yeah, there’s definitely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale, or there’s a version of Sabrina that exists in her own witchy bubble.”

I’m definitely looking forward to the potential for a more intense version of Sabrina, if that ends up happening. It would also be fun if she still had the same bubbly personality–so, basically, “Bubble Goth,” in terms of her overall aesthetic.

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