Riverdale References You Might Have Missed In Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
Spoilers ahead, obvs.
If you found yourself watching Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina with a magnifying glass looking for those Riverdale references then you’ve come to the right place, because we’ve been doing the exact same thing.
In between Sabrina trying to figure out this whole witch business, and whether or not she’s capable of living her mortal life at the same time, we were looking for those all important clues that Riverdale is still alive and well in this series. You know, because it is only the next town over.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
The Archie thermos Sabrina takes to lunch
First up is Sabrina’s wider nod to Archie Comics as a whole, as she’s spotted carrying an old school Archie-themed thermos to school. While this isn’t a Riverdale reference in particular, we love that these Easter eggs are clearly going to be a theme throughout the series.
One of the jocks asks about Riverdale High
We won’t lie, we gasped when we heard one of the awful jocks mention Riverdale. In episode 2 Sabrina asks for some help from the Weird Sisters with scaring some boys into sense, to which one of them asks Sabrina: “Do they go to Riverdale High?”
Greendale Ravens and Riverdale Bulldogs
This is a quick reference but it’s there nonetheless. In episode 3 in a scene shot in the high school, you can spot a poster on the wall advertising a match between the Greendale Ravens and Riverdale Bulldogs. We wonder if Archie is playing?
Ben Button is back
The biggest moment of all comes when Riverdale’s very own, and very much dead, Ben Button returns in episode 7. Though with fans wondering how this could work, what with him having recently died by suicide in the sister show, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has explained all. "It suggests a very deep, deep mythology where time and space bends," he shared. "It seemed like it was pretty final, but yet there he is in Greendale. But in Greendale, everyone pops up — the dead don’t stay dead long in Greendale." Interesting, very interesting.
Ms. Wardell suggests Sweetwater River has a ‘magical energy’
The ever-creepy Ms. Wardell hints in passing that the super ominous Sweetwater River has a magical energy. And seeing as that very spot was the home of some of the most dramatic moments in Riverdale, including the death of Jason Blossom and the near death of Cheryl Blossom, we kind of see what she means.
Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina is available now on Netflix.