Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells Vanity Fair his staff wasn't initially enthusiastic about Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale, but Netflix was quickly aboard with the hope that it would be a Christmas present to fans. As Joanna Robinson explains, "the result is a special that carefully straddles the line between stand-alone and serialized episode." Aguirre-Sacasa says “I kind of had to thread the needle a little bit" in setting the episode between Seasons 1 and 2. Is the episode, dropping Friday, a standalone episode or does it connect the two seasons? "It’s a little bit of both, to be honest," Aguirre-Sacasa tells EW. "When we decided that we were going to try to do a special episode to drop around Christmas, we wanted it to be a standalone insofar that everything you need to enjoy the episode is in the episode. But there are elements that we serialized through the first part of the season that we did have to carry through and help us set up the second part of the season."