If you didn’t get enough of the Dark Lord and his underlings during the first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a creeptastic holiday special is coming to Netflix. The stand-alone episode picks up just a few weeks after the events of the first season as the Spellmans prepare for the winter solstice. Of course, their holiday traditions look a little different from the ones you’re used to seeing at this time of year.
“The holiday special is really wonderful. It’s a really emotional episode and it’s beautiful for the holidays.,” Kiernan Shipka said during a recent set visit. “Obviously, the show wouldn’t be our show without some excitement and some demons, literally.”
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A mishap with the Yule Log will invite unwelcome guests to the Spellman house, and they’ll have to team up to restore the peace. (Yes, even faithful servants of Satan have to deal with some unpleasant dark forces.) According to Shipka, the special won’t just be a monster-of-the-week special, but will help move the characters along emotionally.
“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,” the actress said. “A lot of the relationships develop in it really beautifully. I think it really fuses the witch world and the mortal world in a really lovely way. It’s truly a very, very special episode. I really, really love it.”
It won’t be all heartwarming though. Sabrina and Harvey’s (Ross Lynch) relationship is still on the rocks when we see them next, and they’ll have to navigate some difficult feelings that are only exacerbated by the joyful spirit of the season.
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“We left off [with] Harvey and Sabrina’s kiss goodbye, so we pick up where that leaves off in their relationship,” Lynch said. “But the episode itself is very, very just twisted Christmas, and it’s awesome.”
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“It’s, in so many ways, a stand-alone episode. It doesn’t get too crazy on plot or this or that,” Shipka added. “It really just kind of focuses in on the characters, and it takes its time. It’s super-perfect for the holidays.”
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina holiday special premieres Friday, Dec. 14.