All the possible reasons why 'Riverdale' and 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' will have a crossover
The ground has been set for investigators, serial killers, serpents, drug-dealers to say hi to to the witches.
As we gear up for Halloween with upcoming Netflix show 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,' created by the showrunner of CW's 'Riverdale,' fans are expecting and hoping for a major crossover in the Archie Comics universe. The possibilities are endless, and we're here to tell you why.
I watched all the ten episodes of the supernatural drama and there were quite a few times I yelped knowing that the crossover between the neighboring places is highly likely. As early as the second episode, we hear the mention of a "farm." Susie Putnam (Lachlan Watson), one of Sabrina's mortal friends who is bullied at Baxter High for her non-binary gender identity, refers to the "farm expo" her parents' are headed out to, as she stays all alone in her house fraught by a supernatural threat. Even though initial details on the character suggested that "the farm" is actually a place where she resides on the outskirts of town.
Coming back to 'Riverdale,' the farm was also thought to be an agricultural space where Polly Cooper and Jason Blossom were planning to elope and live the rest of their life before Jason Blossom was brutally murdered by his father.
Three seasons down the line, we now know that "the farm" Polly referred to and praised is actually a Satan-worshipping cult. Given that 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' belongs to a supernatural thriller genre, run by the same showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and emphasized with a tagline of 'Hail Satan!' we can be assured that Susie Putnam's farm reference and farm expo, isn't any place with cows and cattle.
Riverdale and Greendale fall in the same universe and Sabrina nearly made an appearance on 'Riverdale' as the antagonist before getting her own show, so likely the crossover is imminent.
Not to forget, 'Riverdale,' in itself has turned out to be a supernatural drama with its Season 3 premiere.
Another reason why we may see a crossover coming is because showrunner Aguirre-Sacasa himself has plans to bring the two shows together.
At the recent New York Comic Con, Aguirre-Sacasa said; "I'm first and foremost a fan of these two worlds and these two towns of Greendale and Riverdale. I love when comic book characters cross over, so it's a dream. Right now we're focused on getting Sabrina out there and making sure Riverdale's as good as it can be, but I'm hopeful."
The executive director and the producer of the two shows himself is a fan of crossovers so why would anything stop us from pining for the possibility? But that is not all, Sabrina star Kiernan Shipka, who plays the lead and is an ardent 'Riverdale' fan said she is excited about the potential mash-up of two dark Archie Comics series in her recent interview. "As a Riverdale fan myself, I always get excited about the possibility of something more. But who knows?" said the 18-year-old star.
It was also recently revealed that Shipka was originally eyed for Lili Reinhart's character Betty Cooper in 'Riverdale.'
"Kiernan was iconic in Mad Men, and I had even thought about her, I was like, 'Oh I wonder if she'd ever do Betty," Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Weekly. Even though Reinhart bagged the role, Shipka was still in the showrunner's mind. "When [Sabrina] moved from CW to Netflix, our casting director David Rapaport said, 'By the way, this is something Kiernan might be interested in. There was no script at the time, but from the second he said that for me it was sort of like, 'OK she's Sabrina, I'm writing this for Kiernan," he added.
Looks like the likely connection was already set up. If Shipka is not on 'Riverdale' as Betty Cooper, she is perfect as Sabrina from Greendale, who may end up in Riverdale or vice versa. In 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,' you will hear gentle and insignificant comments about Riverdale, but you get the idea that the two spooky towns fall closely in the Archie Comics map.
"As far as the universes being shared, Riverdale is technically the town over and it's not something that's touched on a ton in the show – but it is referenced a few times in little comments," said Shipka in the same interview.
Even though the argument of a crossover being unlikely as they belong to two separate networks is beginning to feel dry, thanks to the same showrunner and the last five minutes of the already airing season of 'Riverdale,' the ground has been set for investigators, serial killers, serpents, drug-dealers to say hi to to the witches.