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Buffy Season Seven: Where do we go from here?

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Warning: This contains a major spoiler for the beginning of Season Seven.
If you are an Un-American (tm Buffistas)
and with to remain unspoiled, do not read further.

(Read more TV analysis like this over on Pinwiz.net!)

Buffy’s possible final season started off with a great first episode.
It was funny, it had an amazing fight, and it ended with one of the scariest
scenes in recent history… mostly due to the dread that Harry
Groener
was about to make an appearance. In an one minute span, we received
many tantalizing hints of where the show could travel. I’ve transcribed the
Big Bad’s speech to dissect it for clues.

(And for those of you who didn’t watch the episode, the apparent Big Bad for
this season is a shapeshifter that switched into each of the Big Bads from seasons
past.)

Warren

Of course she won’t understand, Sparky. I’m beyond her understanding.
She’s a girl… sugar and spice and everything useless unless you’re baking.
I’m more than that. More than flesh…

Glory

…more than blood, I’m… you know, I honestly don’t think
there’s a human word fabulous enough for me. Oh, my name will be on everyone’s
lips assuming their lips haven’t been torn off. But not just yet. That’s all
right though…

So far, it’s your basic grandstanding. Plus, we’ve already gone down the "She
Who Should Not Be Named" road with Glory in Season Five.

Adam

…I can be patient. Everything is well within parameters. She’s exactly
where I want her to be, and so are you Number 17. You’re right where you belong.

Now it really starts to get interesting. I’m going to assume that we’ll eventually
hear of the prophecies that have led up to this Big Bad’s attack. Drusilla said
that she saw great things in Spike before she turned him into a vampire, so
was he meant to go through the personal growth of the past three seasons? What
is so special about Spike, and why is his soul more important than Angel’s?

The Mayor

So what’d you think? You get your soul back and everything would be Jim
Dandy? Soul’s slipperier than a greased weasel. Why did you think I sold mine?
(giggles) Well you probably thought that you’d be your own man, and I respect
that. But…

Or, is Spike just a pawn? Maybe he’s supposed to turn back to evil, and is
the linchpin in the upcoming battle. I don’t know. It was telling that when
Buffy escaped the ghosts in Spike’s lair he mentioned that it was just the "three

of us". He’s been talking to Mr. Whatever for quite some time now, and
it’s strong enough to keep the other evil spirits at bay.

Drusilla

…you never will. You’ll always be mine. You’ll always be in the dark
with me, singing our little song. You like our little songs, don’t you? You’ve
always liked them, right from the beginning, and that’s where we’re going…

And with this, I’m leaning towards the Corruption of the Soul Theory. We’ve
already seen it on Angel, how the side that Angel chooses in the upcoming
apocalyptic conflict will be the big factor in the side that eventually wins.
And maybe since Angel already turned away from his greatest chance of corruption
(Buffy), Mr. Whoever needed a similar person… and Spike fit the bill. That’s
what I’m sticking with.

The Master

…right back to the Beginning. Not the Bang, not the Word, the true Beginning.
The next few months are going to be quite a ride, and I think we’re all going
to learn something about ourselves in the process. You’ll learn you’re a pathetic
schmuck, if it hasn’t sunk in already. Look at you, trying to do what’s right…
just like her. You still don’t get it. It’s not about Right, not about Wrong.

Buffy

It’s about Power.

And now, I think I have a very good idea about what the Big Bad is this season.
All this talk about the Beginning, and the appearance of the Slayer as the final
apparition in the monologue, makes one avenue very clear:

We’ve learned a little about the history of the Slayer, and we’ve gone all
the way back to the First. However, we don’t know how she was brought into being.
She was such an elemental force, that it couldn’t have happened by chance. Physics
tells us that for each action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. So if
the Slayer was born, something had to be born at the exact same time
to warrant her existence.

The Slayer always seems to be in the right place at the right time to prevent
all the minor Apocalypses from occurring. That fits the patience and planning
that our new Big Bad is exhibiting. What if the spirit of the Slayer is just
as good of a planner? That’s the only way we could explain the world not having
ended centuries before now, and backs the original hypothesis.

It looks like the final showdown will be coming. What will it entail? Who will
it affect? Will the events of this season echo over on Angel? And if
this Big Bad is the end all and be all of Evil, could we rationalize a Season
Eight?

One down, twenty-one to go.

I can’t wait!

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  • nathan

    just watched LESSONS and boy is it going to be a sweet ass season cant wait

    nathan v—-v

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