Thrillist: Was the holiday special built into your Sabrina roll-out plan all along, and will we see other specials before Season 2 arrives?
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa: I always love that stuff, but the circumstances have to be right. We didn't start out saying, "Oh, we're going to do a Christmas holiday episode." It just sort of organically happened. And then Netflix was like, "Well, what if we dropped this as more of a Christmas treat?" I really excited at that possibility, and I was like, "Let's do it!" It meant working six weekends in a row editing it, but I think it's so fun. And weirdly, even though Sabrina is about the occult, the show has still got a core about family, and it makes sense. It's not spoiling anything to say that our show starts on Halloween, which is the Dark Baptism. We did an episode that was Thanksgiving, which is the Feast of Feasts. And we did the winter solstice, which is Christmas. I think it's safe to say that we will explore other holidays, including a Valentine's Day.
Is it fair to say that this episode simultaneously clarifies a few things and raises even more questions, particularly pertaining to Sabrina's mom and Madam Satan?
Aguirre-Sacasa: Yeah. It's funny. One of the tricky things we had to do with this episode, knowing that it was going to kind of drop on its own, was tell, as much as possible, a standalone story but still keep it in continuity. So we came up with a story that was more or less self-contained, but then had enough to carry over from Season 1 into Season 2. I had really wanted in the first part of Season 1 to do a séance episode. I really wanted Sabrina to contact her parents, and we just didn't get a chance to do it. So when the idea for a Christmas episode came along, I thought, you know, there's such a tradition of ghost stories around Christmas that it felt like the perfect opportunity to do that. A lot of the story is set in the Spellman house, with Sabrina and her aunties, but I also really love Sabrina's interactions with her mortal friends. There's an air of melancholy about them, because the truth is that her relationship with them has shifted. And so it's a little bittersweet, a little melancholy around the holidays, and I really love that this episode has an element of that, as well as the fun.
In the comics, Sabrina's mom isn't wandering around in limbo -- she's in a mental hospital. But there's a nod in the episode that she isn't sure of what's real. When she uses the flight number to verify her presence, does that mean she's also verifying that this is the way she died?
Aguirre-Sacasa: Yeah, I mean, I think it's at least verifying that she was on that flight, and verifying that someone knows what that flight number was. But as always, we like to keep things a little ambiguous and mysterious on the show.
So I take it you can't reveal anything about what the prophecy is, or what Satan's plans for Sabrina are?
Aguirre-Sacasa: Exactly. Exactly. Exactly.