Riverdale does not premiere until October, nor has it even begun filming its second episode. Yet, plans are already in place for the CW’s adaptation of beloved Archie Comics. Indeed, while the show’s concept as “Archie Noir” has often been compared in recent press to “Twin Peaks with teenagers,” which Riverdale co-creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa reiterated to us during a roundtable interview at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, it has also alternatingly been described as Afterlife with Archie (a tongue-in-cheek parallel dimension where there are, among other things, zombies) just minus the supernatural elements. But how long can it stay magic-free when it’s about to introduce Sabrina the Teenage Witch?
Yep, while the official position has been to suggest the inclusion of the popular character Sabrina Spellman might happen, Riverdale’s very own Archie Andrews, K.J. Apa, confirmed himself that something wicked this way comes.
Apa, who appeared at SDCC without the iconic orange locks (he promises his hair will be the proper hue when they get back to shooting), said one of the things fans should look forward to is the imminent arrival of a particular character from the nearby town of Greendale.
“Sabrina, I don’t know if you’re familiar with Sabrina from the comics, she’s going to come,” Apa said. “Yeah, she comes in our last episode.”
Apa also noted that fans can expect the televised Archie Andrews to be less indecisive than his comic book counterpart.
“Arche does make a decision between Betty and Veronica by the end of the first [season],” Apa also assured. Then after a beat, he confesses, “Who knows how long that’s going to last? Probably not long enough.”
Sabrina as a character is likely most famous, particularly to millennials, for the Melissa Joan Hart TV series, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, which ran from 1996 to 2003. However, the character originally appeared in Archie’s Madhouse from October 1962. Created by George Gladir and artist Dan DeCarlo, Sabrina would go on to lead several long-running comic book series of her own, beginning with Sabrina The Teenage Witch #1 in April 1971.
It is unclear whether Riverdale’s take on the good-hearted half-witch and half-mortal will actually conduct magic, but we imagine it is at least a guarantee for the series’ Halloween episode, which will let its wacky wiccan flag fly mightily in the breeze.
“I’d love to do Sabrina, and we might get to Sabrina,” Aguirre-Sacasa said in earlier interview. “We’re definitely going to do a big Halloween episode, sort of like an homage to Afterlife with Archie.”
Riverdale premieres on Oct. 3, 2016.