'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Star Kiernan Shipka on That Shocking Finale Choice

The actress talks with THR about Sabrina's surprising decision.
Courtesy of Netflix
Kiernan Shipka (left) and Michelle Gomez on 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

[This story contains spoilers from the season one finale of Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.]

The Greendale Thirteen — the colonial witches brought forth by the evil doppelganger of Miss Wardell (Michelle Gomez), aka Lilith, aka Adam's First Wife, aka The Mother of Demons, aka Madame Satan — summons the Crimson Avenger, and it's up to Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) to put a stop to them. Or so it would seem.

Lilith, who may have more titles than Daenerys Targaryen, orchestrates the whole climactic showdown in order to make Sabrina sign her name in Satan's book. Sabrina's pledge to the Dark Lord brings with it some serious power — and a new hairstyle — but Satan has more nefarious plans for her, as his new bride.

Sabrina's choice was a shocking one, especially after she spent the entire season fighting tooth and nail to maintain her freedom and agency. But according to leading lady Shipka, the decision to leave her human half behind isn't as dire for Sabrina as it may seem. "We are going to see a big change," the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It is so significant, but it's not Sabrina resigning. It's Sabrina taking on a bigger, greater challenge because she has an agenda." Without going into more detail about exactly what that agenda might be, Shipka seems to be hinting at Sabrina's ambition to trap and cast out Satan for good.

"It took the season for her to realize her own power, what she could do with it, how she could change things," she says. "I think that's the major difference from the second episode to the tenth. It's the fact that now she's more herself than ever, and she knows that in this moment the only thing that she can do is make this decision because she's going to use it get her way and what she thinks is right."

The evolution of Sabrina also manifested in a physical change: her hair changing to a near-white platinum. Shipka is a big fan of the new look, which she says is a nod to the character's styling in the comics. "That kind of physical change always feels right for characters, especially when they reflect their personal growth, so I was into it," she says. "She's becoming one with her witchiness."

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is now streaming on Netflix, and has already been renewed for a second season.