'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Theory Explains Sabrina's Twin Plot Hole

A bizarre theory could explain Season 1's forgotten plot hole.

One of the weirdest throughlines that kept popping up in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina felt like a huge plot hole, but a somewhat gruesome theory could explain why the show is so obsessed with twins.

Way back in the first episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s first season, Sabrina Spellman has a vision in which she sees herself as a baby, but lying next to her is another baby. It left all of us wondering where Sabrina’s evil twin is, especially because a similar plot played out in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series featuring the same character.

But there’s another, kinda gross explanation: Sabrina had an evil twin — but she absorbed it in the womb. Why else would this very specific phenomenon be mentioned twice in Season 1?

Two times, characters referenced a twin absorbing the other fetus while still in the womb, a very real phenomenon usually referred to as vanishing twin syndrome. There’s no better time to absorb this theory than right as Sabrina’s holiday special, “A Midwinter’s Tale,” just hit Netflix.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina vision
We still have no idea why Sabrina's vision featured two babies.

In the Season 1 episode “Dreams in a Witch House,” Hilda has a nightmare where she dates Principal Hawthorne, but he confesses to absorbing his twin in the room. When he lifts up his shirt, he reveals a grotesque deformity where the body of his malformed twin subsists in agony.

Then, in the season finale, Zelda lied to Father Blackwood about his children, saying that the boy absorbed the girl in the womb. Zelda kidnapped the girl so that she and Hilda could raise her. In A Midwinter’s Tale, we learned that they named her Leticia.

Again, why all the emphasis on twins and this medical phenomenon if it didn’t mean something for the series?

Also consider that Zelda is an expert witch midwife, and she’s already proven that she’s familiar with this phenomenon happening. Maybe the only reason she knows about it so well is because it’s happened to Sabrina? The Spellman sisters have already proven they’re capable of hiding some pretty big secrets.

Sabrina, Hilda, and Zelda Spellman in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'.
Sabrina, Hilda, and Zelda Spellman in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'.

On some level, perhaps Sabrina’s vision is meant to be a metaphor for her duality as a half-witch, half-mortal. Many of the different visions throughout the show, whether they’re Susie’s or Sabrina’s, are never literal, instead offering shocking images that symbolize something important.

No matter what the explanation is for Sabrina’s early vision, we should learn more when Season 2 hits Netflix in 2019.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1 and its holiday special are currently available to stream on Netflix with Season 2 due out April 5, 2019.


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