The fourth and final season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina released for streaming on Netflix back in December, and the ending shocked viewers. If you haven’t yet watched the finale you may want to stop right here, bookmark this article, and open up a new tab to watch it because we’re about to spoil it for you. There’s very little chance for the series to pick up again in the future, as Sabrina was actually killed off in the finale. What the heaven, right? This was a bold ending to the dark Netflix series, and one that surprised even Kiernan Shipka, who plays the leading role of Sabrina Spellman.
Kiernan Shipka apparently had the same impression as most viewers about the show: Sabrina can’t die. Not only is she the main character, but she didn’t die in the original series, so she won’t die in this one. As we know, though, Shipka’s Greendale is much more chilling than Melissa Joann Hart’s laugh-tracked version of the town. The finale of the last season marks both the ending of her titular character and the first major starring role for the young actress, and she has some thoughts. She tells ET:
I was very surprised. I think I sort of had the same mentality as everyone else, which was Sabrina can’t die. She is Sabrina. She can’t die. And then I was like, 'Oh, there’s no more pages. I think that’s it.' But it’s a dramatic ending
Even though we may have all had the same thought, maybe we shouldn’t have! After all, there were two Sabrinas in the last season, and one did die not long before the other in a similar way. Both Sabrinas, despite one being the literal Queen of Hell, sacrificed themselves for the good of everyone else.
Kiernan Shipka has some thoughts on what the end of Sabrina Spellman means, and in the same interview she shares that Sabrina’s sacrifice represents how utterly selfless she is as a person. In her own words:
At the end of the day, I think that what it represents is she is truly a selfless soul, and she sacrifices herself for the greater good which is very hefty. And I think it hit me emotionally quite a bit. It’s not an easy ending to just digest. There is a lot of meaning and impact behind it and how we wish to read into that. But above all else, I was completely surprised.