It’s a Different Kind of Hell For Sabrina In ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Part 3, Episode 7 — Recap
Spoilers through Episode 7 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ahead.
If the last episode took a little bit of a step back when it comes to action and storytelling, this episode ramped it all the way back up. Not necessarily making up for it, per se, but this episode gives all the characters a bit more to work with and takes each group on a little bit of a quest. Sabrina and the coven are trying to still get their powers back while Caliban is breathing down her neck for the Unholy Regalia. Not to mention, Sabrina’s aunties are freshly dead and Lucifer is back. Let’s get into it.
After the conversation Lilith had with Blackwood last time, it was a little blurry on how she was going to stop Lucifer from killing her once he was released from his prison. Turns out it’s pregnancy! Chilling Adventures of Sabrina loves to throw surprise baby’s at its audience as much as Lucifer loves to withgo clothing.
In any case, Sabrina might have some competition as heir to Lucifer now that Lilith is carrying his child thanks to Blackwood (even though it’s Lucifer’s blood). Satan is still ready to kill Lilith, but not until after she gives birth; a “stay of execution,” as he calls it.
In exchange for the baby boy, Lilith gave Blackwood the mark of Cain, so he can’t be harmed. This helps when he goes to team up with the Old Ones to figure out how to get the aquatic time creature back and kill his former coven.
Zelda has to sort through some realizations
Sabrina is still trying to help her coven get their powers back to hopefully help Zelda and Hilda. She proposes the use of a siphoning spell to produce energy that the hedge witches can’t, due to the age. To acquire such female energy, Sabrina goes to her “coven” of cheerleaders, uses “a tiny spell of persuasion” to get them to agree, and they perform at the Academy. It harnesses enough energy, but Blackwood comes and wrecks the party.
Meanwhile, Zelda is between life and death in the Nether Realm with Hilda. Edward is her spirit guide and shows them different memories from their past to help piece together how to help in the future.
Between the three memories, they visit — one is when Zelda was a teen with Faustus at the Academy, another is when Sabrina was dropped off to them, and the last is the future when Zelda dies as an old woman — the half-moon symbol keeps showing up. It’s a big deal for Zelda, but she can’t quite place what it means until the very end. But by then it’s too late.
The mortals fight the good fight
Last episode, Sabrina spent a lot of time trying to help her mortal friends, but thanks to the fact that Harvey is the only virgin Carcosa has her eyes set on for their ritual, they’re still in harm’s way. Robin, who we find out is a hobgoblin, can run fast and has elf-like ears. He shares his true feelings for Theo, which ends up leaving poor Harvey as the last virgin standing.
Robin tells them about the Old Ones’ plans. He says, “All flesh fails when he flowers,” referring to the god they’re sacrificing Harvey to. Carcosa (the snake pagan) and Nagaina (the satyr) find the humans and Nick, who shows up to help, and matters end horribly for them, too.
Sabrina has a difficult choice between her two different families
And where was Sabrina through all of this? Trying to find the last item in the Unholy Regalia. After the coven got their powers back through the cheerleaders’ energy, Sabrina is forced to take them to Pandemonium in Hell because of Blackwood. However, she has to choose between them and the throne in Hell because of it. She doesn’t choose to go on the rest of this quest for her own personal gain; if she didn’t, then things would get worse for everyone. However, it doesn’t sting any less.
The Unholy Regalia will give her the infernal power she needs, even if she betrays her aunties. With this power, she’d be able to crush the Old Ones; the Judas Challenge indeed. To find the final piece — Judas’ 30 pieces of silver — she needs to betray someone she loves with a kiss. Of course, she can’t bring herself to kiss Harvey, so she has to go the hard route. She visits Vlad the Impaler, who is the first vampire and also Judas’ son. Because her blood is celestial, it burns him. “Consent, it’s real” bud!
Is there renewed hope?
In the end, Agatha kills Dorcas, Prudence is forced to kill Agatha, and then Blackwood kills Prudence. It’s truly tragic and breaks Ambrose. Zelda does figure out what the half-moon symbols mean and wakes up from the Nether Realm. However, the hopefulness is killed immediately; once she wakes up, Blackwood is there to murder her. Again.
The Morningstars have fallen; Sabrina was tricked by Caliban and now Lucifer, Lilith, and her are stone. Sabrina’s mortal friends are dead because of the Old Ones. Harvey was sacrificed and Caliban is king.
It’s a bleak, bleak end where more than half the cast is dead going into the finale. Sabrina has to find a way out of this version of hell, but how?