The Slayer Lineage. I just feel like explaining this again because people get this confused. For those who are confused, Dawn is not the new slayer and can't be, unless Joss Whedon suddenly gets a lobotomy.
"Buffy was called in 1996 at the age of 15 by the watcher Merrick (B1, BtVS movie).
Kendra was called in June of 1997, the time of Buffy's first "death".
Faith was called in June of 1998 after Kendra's throat was slit by Drusilla."
The line is Buffy, then Kendra, then Faith. Buffy died at the end of season 1 when The Master killed her. Xander gave her CPR & she's still alive, but she died briefly which was long enough to bring in Kendra. Then Kendra died a meaningless but certain death at the hands of Dru & Faith's slayer powers kicked in. Faith's since been beat up repeatedly, driven insane, fallen from great heights, gone into a coma for several months & even switched bodies with Buffy, but to the best of our knowledge her heart has never stopped beating. She's never actually died yet, which is why there's been no new Slayer since Faith. Faith is technically THE Slayer, and Buffy's just "A" Slayer.
This death passing of the powers to a new Slayer only works ONCE. Why Buffy's still got Slayer powers has not yet been explained. A Slayer's supposed to die once & then stay dead. Buffy died but came back so she's still A Slayer perhaps but she's technically not THE slayer. When Kendra died, the Slayer powers awakened in Faith, whose real bottom line problem was jealousy of Buffy. Cuz Buffy should be dead & Faith should have no one that others compare her to, but Faith's thunder has been stolen by Buffy, a slayer who has died twice & refuses to stay dead.
When Buffy died the second time, no second Slayer was summoned. Again, this only works once. Faith has to die for a new slayer to be realized.
Everyone clear on this? Questions?
July 22 2002
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