‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Spoilers: Did You Catch These ‘Riverdale’ Shout-Outs?
Riverdale aired its first episode in 2017 on The CW, but ever since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was introduced to Netflix in 2018, fans have been clamoring for a crossover or two. Why? In the comics, both universes are interconnected with their neighboring towns of Riverdale and Greendale, the characters’ relationships, and weird occurrences.
Both TV shows take things a few steps further with their dark themes, steamy teen romances, and wild but thrilling storylines that have audiences hooked. The series have the same creator/showrunner in common—Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa—and he’s teased that eventually both worlds may collide. Season three of CAOS threw in a handful of nods to Riverdale and now fans want more.
Here are the not-so-subtle shoutouts from Greendale to Riverdale. Don’t read ahead if you have yet to binge the ENTIRE season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Penelope Blossom, is that you?
It didn’t take too much time to spot the first wink to Riverdale fans because episode one features Nathalie Boltt. The actress plays Penelope Blossom on The CW’s hit series, and in one scene in Chilling Adventures, viewers almost thought the character had traveled to New Orleans.
Nope. For just a few seconds, Boltt played a lady acquaintance named Ms. Dubois, a disguise worn by Prudence for a glamour spell to trap Father Blackwood. The magic was shed and so was Boltt’s accent as Dubois when the witch revealed herself.
A trip to Riverdale was necessary
In episode 3, Sabrina goes on an “Unholy Regalia” quest with Ambrose to find King Herod’s crown. They figured out it was stashed in Riverdale of all places, and on their drive there, the camera cuts to a sign with Jughead’s tag signature on it. “JJ wuz here” is written in graffiti next to the abbreviation for Southside Serpents on a Riverdale welcome sign.
That’s not all. The crown itself was hidden inside a maple tree, presumably one on land that belongs to Cheryl Blossom’s family. If you missed that clue, Ambrose makes a remark about the smell of maple syrup when he was in the mortuary and King Herod tried to sneak up on him.
Pop’s is a local favorite
Aunt Hilda, having just revealed her spider transformation to Dr. Cerberus, tells him she has a craving for something other than flies. During a scene in episode six, she asks that he go to a diner in Riverdale that has the “juiciest hamburgers and thickest milkshakes,” and he sets off to make a run to Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe. He does, and that led to another Riverdale link.
Gangsters get around
No one was expecting sweet Aunt Hildie to turn into a murderous monster with a lust for human blood, but it happened. After Dr. C stepped out for a burger run in episode six, a member of the Southside Serpents walked into his shop.
Hilda was in there alone and he was scooped up off the floor within moments and turned into spider food. We’re not sure if the unnamed biker will be mentioned in any upcoming episodes or seasons of Riverdale, but that would be cool.
Will there be a creepy crossover between Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? Will both cheerleading squads face off in the near future? We’re not sure, but here’s to hoping Aguirre-Sacasa makes it happen.