The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 3 dropped on Netflix on Friday, and one of the many reasons to get excited about your binge is that this season features the show’s most overt references to Riverdale yet. We’ve known for some time that both shows, created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, take place in the same of universe, and that Sabrina’s home town of Greendale borders Riverdale.
In episode three of the new season, Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina physically crosses over into Riverdale for the first time, venturing into the neighboring town in order to visit a maple tree at the Blossom Maple Farms. Yep, the same one owned by Cheryl Blossom’s demented family. This all-too-brief Riverdale visit was part of Sabrina’s race against Caliban (Sam Corlett) to win the Unholy Regalia, so she didn’t have a ton of time to stick around. It’s a bummer, because I would like to see how a Sabrina/Cheryl hangout sesh would unfold. But here’s the real question: If Sabrina had gone up to Thornhill for a visit, would Cheryl even be alive yet?
Both Riverdale and CAOS have a timeless quality, but the latter show is particularly hard to pin down to a specific era. The comics it’s based on take place in the 1960s, but there’s never been a firm time period established on the show. Do Riverdale and CAOS even take place in the same timeline? During a chat with Shipka on the show’s Vancouver set last week, she finally offered a definitive answer to this mystery.
“It’s timeless, man,” Shipka joked when first asked. Sure sure sure, but what about the two shows in relation to each other? “Yeah, I think they exist in the same time. That’s for sure.” So there you have it. Shipka was less absolute about whether a full crossover is in the cards, but promises “she definitely gets closer to Riverdale this year.”
As to what else to expect from Part 3—and from Part 4, which is currently filming and will be released later this year—Shipka noted that “the show is largely about Sabrina wanting to smash the patriarchy, and I’m happy to say that we continue to do so…I think my favorite part about the show is that it manages to be an escape from reality, while also commenting on society and the times that we’re in. You get to feel completely removed from what’s happening in the world, and yet the show feels so current at the same time.”