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People Are Talking About 2 Mental Health Triggers in New Season of 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

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Netflix released the second part of its original series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” on Friday, and with it, two scenes with mental health triggers that viewers are warning those with a history of suicidal ideation or gender dysphoria to avoid.

The scene takes place in the fourth episode of the second season, titled “Chapter Fifteen: Doctor Cerberus’ House of Horror.” In the episode, a tarot card reader, later revealed to be Ms. Wardwell, stops into Doctor Cerberus’ store and proceeds to give the show’s main characters a glimpse into their future.

The visions each character sees are largely graphic and disturbing. Ambrose murders the Spellmans, Sabrina floats into outer space, and Rosalind has an eye surgery that ends up being an eye transplant, her father having paid for a non-consenting girl’s eyes to save his daughter’s vision.

The show is often graphic and doesn’t shy away from gore or the occult, but two of the visions shown in the episode may be particularly triggering for those struggling with suicidal ideation or folks with gender dysphoria.

The first trigger people are warning each other about is related to Theo’s (dead name Susie’s) story. Theo, a trans man, steals a potion to make his body more masculine. The potion works but comes with side effects that force Theo to make a difficult choice, leading to significant bodily harm.

The Theo portion of the episode airs from minutes 16-25.

The second trigger happens during Harvey’s tarot card reading. Harvey gets into art school in Rhode Island, where he is roommates with another artist interested in drawing horrific figures. Among his roommate’s paintings, Harvey finds an image of “the dark lord” and asks his roommate about it. The roommate tells Harvey he hasn’t been sleeping because of dark figures that come to him at night and tell him things. He then paints the demons hoping that will “bind” them. It’s obvious the roommate is distressed.

The next morning, Harvey awakens to find his roommate has died by suicide. Though the scene does not show the act itself, it’s clear how the roommate died and his body is shown in multiple shots spanning several minutes.

The Harvey portion of the episode airs from minutes 40-49. The most graphic parts of the scene are from 46-49.

It’s OK to skip “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” if you’re sensitive to these topics. You can always skip the episode or the scenes mentioned above. If you want to watch the episode but are concerned it might be too much, try watching it with someone you trust. You can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741 if you need extra support.

Header image via Netflix.

Originally published: April 10, 2019
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