The Grinch didn’t need to show up to ruin the holiday festivities in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Christmas special, "A Midwinter's Tale." It’s the Spellmans’ first winter solstice with baby Letitia in the house. It’s also the time when the veil between the living and the dead is at its weakest. When fiendish imps climb down the chimney to cause mischief and complete a mission, Sabrina, Zelda, and Hilda better watch out.
“The holiday special is really wonderful,” Kiernan Shipka, who portrays the teenage witch, said during a recent Sabrina set visit. “Obviously, the show wouldn’t be our show without some excitement and some demons… literally.
“It’s action-packed and it’s fun, but at the same time, there’s a lot of heart and there’s a lot of soul to it,” she continued. “A lot of the relationships develop in it really beautifully. I think it fuses the witch world and the mortal world in a really lovely way. It’s truly a very, very special episode. It’s, in so many ways, a standalone episode."
Even though the special isn’t bogged down by lingering plot details, Lachlan Watson noted it “lives within the same world” as the rest of the season and “has more of that nostalgic kind of feel to it.”
“I grew up on Doctor Who, and they used to do holiday specials every single year, and it just made me so happy that it was just sort of this tradition every year,” Watson said. “That it lived within the universe and it lived within the plot, but it was this standalone sort of traditional thing, it just brings me back to sitting around the fire and watching the holiday special with my family. It definitely lives within the same world and the same plot, but it just has that fantastic holiday feel to it, which I'm so excited for.
“I don't want to give away too much, because you've got to watch it to see it,” she added. “But I definitely get to run around in a little elf costume the whole time, which I am very happy about. If people watch it just to see me in my little fuzzy hat run around, that would be good.”
Not everyone embraces the Christmas spirit. Of course, bubbly Hilda adores all the mortal traditions. However, Zelda has more important matters weighing on her mind.
“For Zelda, the story is very much about the baby, and having a baby in the house, and her attachment to the baby,” Miranda Otto explained. “You see, because although people think that the holiday season is a fun time and all that, for witches, it is kind of a perilous time, because it’s a time when they need extra protection. They have to keep the yule log burning so to protect themselves from spirits that could come into the house. And Zelda is particularly worried because of the baby in the house, and indeed someone does come to try to steal the baby, but Zelda finds herself very attached to baby Letitia.”
As for whether Sabrina and Harvey take advantage of the mistletoe to rekindle their romance, Ross Lynch squashed that possibility.
“Where we left off was Harvey and Sabrina’s kiss goodbye,” Lynch concluded. “So we pick up where that leaves off in their relationship. There’s not a lot for me in this particular episode because of those circumstances, but the episode is very, very twisted Christmas. It’s awesome.”