Break out your magic book because Netflix has released the first full trailer for its new horror series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina—and this is not the Melissa Joan Hart TGIF sitcom from your childhood.
Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka), a half-witch, half-human girl finding the balance between these two worlds before she has to choose between them on her sixteenth birthday. In the new preview we see dark baptisms, a séance in the woods, and images of the Devil appearing as frequently as you’d expect, but the trailer also gives enough screentime to characters that fans of the franchise will quickly recognize.
The trailer also gives us our first look at Aunts Hilda and Zelda Spellman (played by Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto, respectively), Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), and teacher Mary Wardell (Michelle Gomez), who becomes Madam Satan after being possessed by the Devil’s handmaiden. Just normal teenage stuff.
The new trailer also helps us to sort out more of the show’s plot during the first season, which will include the introduction of pansexual warlock Ambrose Spellman (played by Chance Perdomo). But the queer representation continues in the show through Susie Putnam, a classmate of Sabrina’s that will be questioning their identity in season one, who will be played by genderqueer actor Lachlan Watson.
Non-binary actors are gaining more visibility on television, but they still lag behind other LGBTQ representation onscreen. Keeping that in mind, Watson spoke at length with showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on how to accurately portray the character: “I dived in head first and some of the conversations [with Aguirre-Sacasa] were just about my thoughts on gender and my personal life and my transition, very strange transition as it was, and kind of the person that I’ve become,” they said to SyFy Wire. “I feel like sometimes when characters come out, it’s just like: ‘Boom, I’m a man now.’ And you don’t really… if you go back it’s very much like: ‘Okay I’m stopping this life and I’m starting another one.’”
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres October 26 on Netflix.