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Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina: First-Look Photos Take Kiernan Shipka's Witch Into The Woods

Don't let the trendy haircut and stylish wardrobe fool you — Sabrina Spellman is no average teenage girl

Netflix released the first photos from its upcoming series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and they prove exactly that. 

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, the first-look snaps center on star Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as the nominal witch Sabrina. In one photo, the half-human, half-sorceress teen is seen standing in the woods, wearing a bright red peacoat and navy top and holding a large stick in her hand. 

The other image teases just how dark this gritty coming-of-age tale will get: Sabrina is in a cream-colored nightgown, kneeling on the forest floor and extending her hand up to Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle) as her aunts Zelda (Miranda Otto) and Hilda (Lucy Davis) and a group of fellow witches look on. 

For those who haven't been keeping up with all things Chilling Adventures (for shame!), Father Blackwood is the High Priest of the Church of Night and the Dean of the Academy of the Unseen Arts. That title, which rivals Daenerys Targaryen's long string of names, means that Father Blackwood is the top dog in the witching world. According to previously released character info, Father Blackwood is also mysterious and merciless, with chilling ulterior motives that endanger Sabrina, her family, and the other members of the coven — including the "Weird Sisters" Prudence (Tati Gabrielle), Agatha (Adeline Rudolph), and Dorcas (Abigail Cowen), who are seen in the second of these new photos. Yeah, we don't trust this guy. 

What's going down in the scene featured in the group photo? It seems like a super creepy ritual that may or may not come back to bite Sabrina. Then again, maybe this is just how witches prepare to cook s'mores in the forest. It's anyone's guess, really. We're not the experts on the rituals of necromancers.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was originally intended to be a companion series to the CW's massively popular teen drama Riverdale, as both projects are based on series in the Archie Comics universe. Ever since Netflix scooped up the show in December of 2017, handing it a straight-to-series order spanning two seasons, Chilling Adventures' ties to Riverdale have seemingly loosened. Riverdale show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also created Chilling Adventures, and many of the same people who work behind the scenes on Riverdale have a hand in the Shipka-starrer, so similarities in tone and characterization seem likely, but it remains mostly unclear how strongly linked the two series will be. 

All we know for sure is that the kids of Chilling Adventures – like Sabrina's best friend Rosalind Walker (Jaz Sinclair), Sabrina's boyfriend Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch), and Sabrina's warlock cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) — will get themselves tangled into crazy situations, commit some crimes, and awkwardly enter new relationships all while trying to take down the people and things trying to destroy their town. Just a typical day in Greendale, right?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set to debut on Netflix on October 26.