Content Warning: This article contains spoilers for the final season of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”.
The “Eldritch Terrors” and literature
When you think of Eldritch horror, the writings of HP Lovecraft are probably the first thing that comes to mind. Lovecraft’s supernatural monstrosities have most certainly influenced this season’s big bad guys: the “Supernatural Terrors”. Even the title of the last episode, “Mountains of Madness,” is a reference to Lovecraft.
The first “Eldritch Terror” that is shown, “The Eldritch Dark”, is based on one of the lesser known Lovecraftian horrors, the “Unnamed Darkness”. The nameless darkness is not explicitly mentioned in any of Lovecraft’s writings, but it is noted in a family tree of the outer gods. The depiction of this Eldritch entity is a very interesting way to bring this “Eldritch terror” to life in a way that fits into the limited information about this creature and builds upon it with the avatars of darkness. Avatars of Darkness are similar to other entities in Lovecraftian myths. “The Endless” recalls “Thasaidon, the master of the endless void”.
“The Imp of the Perverse” is not primarily influenced by the writings of Lovecraft, but rather by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. It takes its name from the “pervert imp” and its powers from the ape’s paw. “The Cosmic” draws inspiration from the tropes of conflicting parallel universes rather than a sentient entity. Also with the “Cosmic” theory, “The Returned” is not a single entity, but rather a multitude of resurrected dead controlled by Lazarus, the “Returned Man”, based on the biblical apocalypse. Like “The Cosmic”, the last of the “Eldritch Terrors”, “The Void”, is more a concept and a place than a physical and sensitive being. It is nothingness that exists outside of existence.
Hellish tradition for a royal burial
In the final episode, “Mountains of Madness,” the death of the main character, Sabrina Spellman, is foreshadowed with the appearance of the banshee during the bleeding, a similar figure who made an appearance last season before the death. of Zelda. However, it is after that Sabrina is revealed to be a Herald of the Void. Before she reveals that she is holding the void, Sabrina Spellman occupies Sabrina Morningstar’s body and her father demands that Sabrina Morningstar receive a queen’s burial even though Spellman still occupies her body.
The hellish royal funeral and burial never takes place, but from other references we see in the hellish court, we can get an idea of what that might entail. One of the biggest moments we see involving Hell’s Court and its real-world inspirations is the crowning glory of Sabrina Morningstar. Morningstar wears a dress very similar to those worn by Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. While this is not much, the royal coronations and funerals were designed the same way, so we might have some similarities between the funeral and burial of Elizabeth I and what would have taken place during the Morningstar Hellish Royal Burial. A royal burial would include a public funeral procession. In the Elizabethan tradition, different offerings or gifts were thrown into the grave or placed in the coffin depending on the marital status of the deceased at the time of death. As a single woman, Elizabeth I had flowers in her grave and coffin. However, given that Morningstar only married Caliban a few episodes before her death, she most likely would have had sprigs of grass in her grave had her funeral followed these traditions. The two Sabrinas are buried by the Order of Hecate, so unfortunately we never get to see a hellish royal funeral.
This season is the product of interesting storylines and thoughtful lore derived from real-world beliefs and writings. Although this is the final season, that won’t stop people from enjoying this show and these characters. I know I’m going to revisit the entire show as soon as possible and watch it a few more times after that.