Netflix should reconsider Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cancellation
Netflix has chosen to cancel Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It will have a final 8-episode run. However, it’s something the streamer should reconsider.
Netflix has made the disappointing decision to cancel Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The Netflix Original series will have one eight-episode run and then it’s the end.
In a good way, the show has found out in time to do something about it. The ending can be wrapped in a way that makes sense to the viewers, although I don’t think it’s going to be completely wrapped. This is a story that will continue in comic form as it started.
Yet, Netflix should still reconsider. There were some big plans for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 5 (or Part 5, depending on how Netflix decides to promote it at times!) that we’d have loved to see.
Riverdale crossover planned for Season 5
After sharing the news of the cancellation, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 5 was going to include a crossover with Riverdale. It was something many fans of the two shows had hoped for, especially since there have been various Riverdale Easter eggs throughout the previous episodes.
Now this can’t happen on the screen. We could possibly see the characters show up on Riverdale, but we won’t get a real crossover with the Netflix series. And there’s an extra disappointment here since The CW also canceled Katy Keene, the official Riverdale spin-off.
If ratings were the problem, the promise of a crossover could have certainly pulled more viewers in. After all, Riverdale is such a success because it’s on Netflix.
Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Book 1)
An inclusive, progressive series
Another reason to keep it is how inclusive the show is. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina immediately proved its willingness to be inclusive by ensuring the casting was diverse in terms of race. However, there’s much more to it as you watch the show.
Firstly, we had Ambrose, a pansexual warlock. Pansexuality isn’t often something portrayed on screen, but Ambrose’s character was beautifully written and developed.
Secondly, we have Theo, whose birthname is Susie. In fact, that was how we were introduced to the character and it was later in the series that Theo had the confidence to take control of his life and destiny. The best thing is that the show didn’t find a female character to tell the story. Laclan Watson is genderqueer and pansexual, going by the they/them pronouns. From the beginning, the show wanted to be inclusive.
We need more shows like this. It’s just a shame that the shows that are progressive don’t seem to get the audience support. It’s time for networks to look at other ways to make decisions about shows to make sure those that need to be around get to stick around.
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is available to stream on Netflix.