Easter Eggs, Conspiracies And High Expectations For The Inevitable Riverdale-Sabrina Crossover
The CW’s Riverdale and Netflix’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (CAOS) might be giving us crossover we all deserve. Of course, true fans who grew up with a pile of Archie Comics in every bathroom en la casa know that we’ve spent decades waiting for this to happen. In the comics, there would be occasional stand-alone stories set in Sabrina’s world and sometimes, Sabrina would intermingle with Archie and The Gang.
These modern-day troubled teens have actual gang violence, a homicidal Hiram Lodge, real live Satan and demons and even “Gargoyle Kings” to contend with.
The comic writer, Nick Spencer, has outright told the public we can expect a crossover.
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We know that it’s going to happen in the next actual Archie comic. Spencer told Vulture “We were looking to do something that had never been done before. And we wanted to make it so every character that falls under the Archie banner felt like they had a place in the core title. When a character as classic and iconic as Sabrina comes to town, you know it has to have a big impact.”
But the easter eggs throughout both the TV series are pointing strongly toward on on-screen crossover.
In the intro of Netflix’s CAOS, we see a comic banner that shows Sabrina watching the original Riverdale cast characters on screen. See Salem sleeping under that TV? Precioso.
Plus, CAOS mentioned the town of Riverdale twice in the first season.
Sabrina Spellman’s aunties own a funeral home. After Sabrina’s boyfriend Harvey found out the whole truth of her witchy involvement in trying to revive his brother from an enemy’s revenge spell, he wanted nothing to do with the Spellman’s. Riverdale is close enough apparently that he could use their services.
Then there was that time that this girl gang sought revenge on the misogynist football players.
Sound familiar? In CAOS, it was like how Betty and Veronica humiliated the team except far more terrifying. I’ll be rooting for Riverdale in the inevitable Greendale vs Riverdale nemesis game.
Riverdale and Greendale are intentionally set up to be in the same world.
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The showrunners for both series are intentionally setting fans up to be deeply enmeshed in both worlds and have a broader context for the cross-references. Probably because it’s the same showrunner.
But not everything can be explained.
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Just like in other iconic magical worlds, it seems that magical folks are just a little further behind the humans on using their technology. Probably because they seem to be able to summon each other in person, which, IMHO, is a level up from FaceTime.
Last we saw, Archie and Jughead had walked into the next town over.
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The town had been taken over by Gryphons and Gargoyles, with graffiti all over the town. Are they just one town over from Greendale, where Sabrina will take pity on their human incompetency to understand a witchy problem.
The reason things makes sense in Riverdale right now is probably becausthat just humans living in a bruja’s world.
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But nonetheless, this mitad bruja is going to try. Some people point out that the similarities might just be because both shows are directed by the same person, but to them, I say, mentira. Mira.
This is Riverdale’s Gargoyle King.
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We’ve seen the Gargoyle King a few times, mostly in the woods with Bughead. Now, he seems to be ruling the Sisters of Quiet Mercy and seems to be inextricably linked to Hiram Lodge, who also hired out all the men in the abandoned town Archie and Jughead visited. They’re all making a new drug. The same one that the Sisters of Quiet Mercy are dispensing to its abducted clients.
And this seems to be the Dark Lord in CAOS.
This is the image that young Harvey remembers when he was last down in the mines as a little boy. He spent five hours crying after seeing the “half-goat” and smelling “brimstone.”
When Sabrina takes him to the mines in the present day, she tells him that it must have just been the rock carving that spooked him.
I mean, it’s a creepy rock carving, but we all know this is mentira to the max. Plus, when they leave the mines, we see the silhouette of the real thing behind them. Is this The Dark Lord or a separate entity–a demon?
A few Riverdale episodes ago, Jughead finds this painting down in the same mine.
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Ya, the crossover is already happening before our very eyes. Plus, when we see the Gargoyle King in the flesh in Riverdale, he doesn’t have ears. Down in the mines, that looks like a goat head if I ever saw one.
God bless Twitter for these conspiracies:
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In CAOS, Sweetwater River was references as a river rich with magic. Maybe a spell has been cast on Riverdale to keep the pawns of the game in place. We don’t know what goes beyond it, but Archie and Jughead might be on the brink of finding out.
Conspiracy Theory #47: Polly es una bruja.
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I mean, twins?! Is this a telenovela or Hollywood production we’re watching? What does The Farm have to do with all the mysterious happenings in Riverdale? Could it be that The Blossoms are witchy, and they inherited some kind of power? What is the significance of the twins?
Plus, there was that one time Ambrose was spotted playing Gryphons and Gargoyles.
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Is Ambrose so tormented by his casi century long house arrest that he decided to use his powers to mess with a whole town of teenagers? Is Ambrose the Gargoyle King or ultimate gamemaster?
Then, there’s Ben Button, our one and only cameo.
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In Riverdale, he was preyed on by the piano-teaching Ms. Grundy and then in episode 2, he jumped out of a hospital window to “ascend” in Grypons and Gargoyles (after a failed attempt to drink the blue drink).
Then, he showed up in *Greendale* to deliver pizza and become an actual snack to Madame Satan.
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So, we know he’s dead. Again? Did they name him Ben Button because he’s just never going to die? Or, hear me out–do Riverdale characters who eventually “ascend” (witch speak for die(?)) just graduate to Greendale?
ANOTHER fan theory is that the timeline is that after he got eaten in Sabrina, he was revived as a demon in Riverdale and actually possessed when he jumped out the window.
To be honest. A lot of people hate the idea of a crossover.
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That’s because they haven’t tasted the blue drink that is Riverdale. I get it. I’m a 26-year-old woman who is addicted to a teen drama TV series, but I’m also a chismosa who is here for a telenovela level of drama. I’m team crossover, obviamente.
Dec. 15, witches. It’s happening. Maybe.
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Literally, no one has said anything about a crossover happening during the holiday special, but the official Netflix synopsis teases this:
The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year – when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors – both welcome and unwelcome – you never know what might come down the chimney…
Sabrina actress Kiernan Shipka Instagram posted a major teaser.
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“HAPPY SOLSTICE!!!! We’ve got a #Caos holiday ep and it’s INSANE. Plus there’s an extra super special secret surprise in it that I think everyone is going to freak out about.”
What could be more freak worthy, extra special and secret than the Riverdale cast making an appearance?! It airs December 15, brujitas, so prepare yourselves.
We’ll be over here conspiring more theories…
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The Dark* Lord is testing me, comadres. What fan theories did we miss? Comment below and Happy Solstice!