(SPOILER) TV Guide sums up Buffy's season seven. It's pretty much everything we already know, but it's nice to have much of it in one place. (double warning: MAJOR spoilers ahead. Please don't click unless you're like me and love spoilage. =)
Since I don't know how long this link's gonna be available (don't trust the linkage prosperity @ tvguide.com), here's the basic rundown. This is not a copypaste, and my sources are not just the tvguide article. I'm trying to put all we know in one place.
Whedon admits last season was dark & Buffy was no fun anymore cuz she was all maudlin and afterdeady so he's gonna let her be more perky and empowered. Sunnydale High will be rebuilt, and Dawn will be attending there as a high school student. Amber Benson will be returning as someone other than Tara. I'm speculating she comes back as Proserpexa, but I could be wrong. Whedon's also returning a lot of big bads from past seasons for some particular reason that he won't explain. Eliza Dushku as Faith is in negotiating stages. Also mentioned are Clare Kramer as Glory, Juliet Landau as Drusilla and George Hertzberg as Adam. Not mentioned in the tvguide.com article is Warren, played by Adam Busch, or Mark Metcalf as The Master. However, earlier threads here in Whedonesque suggested those as well. This list is interesting cuz it includes a couple big bads which are supposed to be very very dead.
Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) is slated to be a recurring character like last season, and only contracted to do ten episodes. However, Whedon's trying to negotiate more out of him. He wants Giles more prominent this season. Willow (Alyson Hannigan) may get a new girlfriend. Spike (James Marsters) will not be another Angel, but Whedon's still being secretive about just how Spike's gonna change. Again, this is all stuff we already know. Marsters has said in a public Q&A with fans earlier this summer that he's read the first script and all he knows is Spike's pissed off.
Although Sarah Michele Gellar may not return for season eight to play Buffy (and Emma Caulfield as Anyanka has voiced similar sentiments), Whedon's not ready to let go of the "huge universe we've created and an incredible cast of actors." so if Sarah Michele Gellar and Emma Caulfield do not sign up for another season as they both have threatened in the past, the Scoobies will continue on in some form. Whedon won't go into detail whether they'll all move to the Angel tv series on the WB, or start their own. He may honestly not know yet as that's a whole year away. Odds are it'll be a new tv series on the UPN network that is a spinoff of Buffy, because UPN has made it clear they want the show to continue. Mutant Enemy will probably keep it as close to BtVS as they can, but just call it something else.
"It's about getting back to the mission statement of the show," says Cap'n Whedon, "which was, 'Here's a little girl with a lot of power and a lot of people who underestimate it.'"
August 06 2002
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