Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

NYCC: Sabrina's Kiernan Shipka and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on what the Netflix series adds to the comic

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Oct 5, 2018

The cast and crew of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina convened together on SYFY WIRE’s Live Stage at NYCC today to talk about their highly anticipated Netflix series. 

"The excitement's crazy," said Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sabrina. "It's not even out yet, and the amount of excitement we have from people and fans and cosplayers, it's so gratifying." 

The series is based on the comic by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who thinks that the show, which he also created, will help add to what he's built on the page. 

"It's a little bit more fun," said Augirre-Sacasa. "We spend a little more time in the mortal world than we do in the comic. It's definitely a horror show. There's a little more romance, there's a little more warmth in the Spellman house. The comic book's pretty nihilistic, and the show has some optimism in it. It's a nice balance."

"The tone of it is very similar," said Shipka. "Not everything follows it to a tee, but if you're a fan of the comic, you're going to respond. It's the same vibe of really dark, really edgy, [and] sexy and alluring at the same time."

Of course, the question on everyone's mind was whether Sabrina, which is billed as a "companion series" to Riverdale, will crossover with the hit CW show. After all, the character of Sabrina was almost introduced during the first season of Riverdale

"I'm all for it. I'm super down," said Shipka. "I feel like I'm the biggest Riverdale fan, so selfishly I want it [to happen]."

While this doesn't mean it's bound to happen, shared universes are all the rage these days, and if Sabrina ends up taking off, a crossover would be a huge moment for fans. 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres on Netflix on Oct. 26 — just in time for Halloween. Until then, be sure to check out SYFY WIRE’s full coverage of NYCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.

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