Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa recently sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly and revealed the upcoming Netflix series wasn’t his only plan for Sabrina Spellman’s comeback. His other avenue involved a cameo on his then-new TV show, Riverdale.
He said, “During season one of Riverdale—before Riverdale exploded and found its footing as sort of a noir, crime, pulp show—we had said, ‘Maybe season two will be like [the comic] Afterlife with Archie. We’ll do a big genre switch, and it will be horror, and it will be Afterlife, and Sabrina could come and be the antagonist.’”
Aguirre-Sacasa went on to explain his original idea, saying, “There was even a time when we talked about the season one cliffhanger being the arrival of Sabrina.” (Instead, they nearly killed Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews. NBD.)
Unfortunately, the showrunner changed his mind when he realized that he had two different visions.
“I think partly because Riverdale found its footing as more crime show, that felt less and less like the right fit,” he added. “It felt like if Riverdale is crime and pulp and all that stuff, then Sabrina could be horror. It felt like there was a separation between Greendale and Riverdale—magic should exist in Greendale, but not in Riverdale. That was the thought.”
Two is better than one, amirite?