The Old Ones Make Themselves Known at a Carnival in ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Part 3, Episode 3 — Recap

Spoilers through Episode 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ahead.

After saving Nick from Hell in just one episode and releasing her father’s soul from his body in another, Sabrina Spellman is on track for her happily ever after. Well, in her mind, that is. She actually is a little naive to the fact that Nick went through some serious trauma and has after-effects from it. Not to mention the Old Ones have shown up, and their plans are starting to pan out. And Sabrina has Caliban at her back, barking for the throne. It’s an eventful life for this witchy Greendale teen, that’s for sure. 

Sabrina and friends go to the new carnival in town, 'CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA.'
Sabrina and friends go to the new carnival in town, ‘CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA’ | Diyah Pera/Netflix

The Reformation of Hell begins

In order to quell the people of the Underworld, Sabrina agreed to take on Hell as Queen, but only if she reformed the hell out of it (pun intended). Lilith is her regent, but can’t do a lot of the work, so Sabrina is called back often. Not to mention, they want her plans for change.

The biggest change she wants to make is to put a freeze on deal-making with mortals so that innocents, especially children, aren’t bartered for more time on Earth. Straying from any tradition would have displeased those in hell, but this won’t cut it for them. 

In addition to the pushback, Caliban — the newest, devilish internet obsession — is at it again. He demands that he and Sabrina fight for the throne once more by finding the Regalia. No matter the bloodline, if someone has all three items they are the rightful heir to the throne of Hell. With no one in Hell ready to back Sabrina except Lilith, she has to play along. 

‘Riverdale’ fans rejoice

This endeavor sends Sabrina and Ambrose on a journey for King Herrod’s crown. Yes, the King Herrod that killed innocent babies to secure his place as King. No wonder he’s a relic of Hell. 

Interestingly, the Riverdale connection goes deeper and deeper because the crown is within a tree in the famous town. Even though Sabrina doesn’t come face to face with Jughead or Betty Cooper, Cheryl Blossom’s relative, Benjamin Blossom, was the owner of Herrod’s crown at some point. Funny enough, Sabrina, the witch and daughter of the Devil, called Riverdale “a big scary place.” 

A coven in crisis

Back with Sabrina’s coven, Zelda is trying to hold down the fort, but all of their powers are waning. We saw hints here and there last episode, however, the problem is making itself known now. One of the warlocks, Gerald, tried to fly and died because he couldn’t. Plus, Zelda and others are getting sick. Even though Sabrina still has some powers, this is obviously bad. 

On top of that, Nick is not himself. As stated before, he’s off since returning back from hell and without Satan inside him. He seemed ungrateful at first, but you have to realize that there’s a lot going on inside his head. He’s dealing with the trauma of sharing a body with Satan, which includes physical deformities, like a clubbed foot. And he’s also mad Sabrina gave into her dad and became Queen of Hell. Sabrina is way too blasé and oblivious to this, and it puts a strain on their relationship. Not to mention, he’s going to sex demons now too. Scandalous! Chilling Adventures of Sabrina never fails to shock or disappoint. 

The Old Ones emerge

Lastly, as Blackwood warned last time, the Old Ones are in Greendale. We don’t really know what they are, exactly, but hints here and there have emerged. For one, they’re in charge of the carnival that just came to town. And Roz notices the ring leader is a satyr with her Cunning. If you read the Percy Jackson series, it’ll be helpful to understand who exactly the Old Ones are further. 

Cameras on Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) in the behind the scenes of 'CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA.'
Behind the scenes of ‘CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA’ | Diyah Pera/Netflix

Theo is living his best life, and seems to have found someone great in Robbin. He accepts Theo for who he is and doesn’t blink an eye when he talks about how he wasn’t born “Theo.” On the opposite hand, there’s a little trouble in paradise for Roz and Harvey. It’s a bit unclear how serious they want to be with each other, not to mention Harvey’s eyes are turned by a dancer in one of the peep show tents. 

Per usual, CAOS is, well, chaos. And things are becoming more and more ominous for the rest of the season.