Buffy has had not only one bad date but several, after trying out speed dating. Billy is summoned back to his hometown of Santa Rosita by his boyfriend Devon after it is overrun by zompires who do not need an invitation to enter people's homes. Giles thanks them for saving him from Eyghon but is furious at the age of his body and that they have been wasting time trying to bring him back and not saving the world from Whistler's plan. The fun and games come to a halt when mysteriously marked bodies start appearing. After D'Hoffryn fatally burns her, the other vengeance demons reject him, and the Scoobies pursue him back to his homeworld, Arashmahar, and kill him, having given Dawn the ability to open portals. Temporarily getting away from the powerful demon, the group realize they will have to bring Angel in on the development.
As friends and family continue to fall, Buffy is helpless. However, there is a new in Buffy's personal life as well as in her Slayer career. Xander appears to confess to Buffy of Severin's plan, leading the trio head to the Deeper Well in the English a prison for ancient demons seen in Angel where they hope they can acquire sufficient magical reserves for Willow to restore Dawn. The demon Eyghon holds the last remnants of Giles's soul, but a gaggle of innocent zombies are blocking Angel's path to victory. Coames worries that with Whistler's death the universe will no longer have someone working towards balance; Angel says that people will have to do it for themselves.
Meanwhile, Xander and Dawn make the demons of the dimension more civilised but attract the attention of , which has an office there. Plus, a peek into the past of villainous siblings Pearl and Nash. It's all a balancing act for every one of them, figuring out who they were, who they are and who they want to be, and what they want their world to be. The vampires are overwhelmed and many including Drusilla flee. Faith and Giles decide to return to America, Faith thinking she may work with 's Slayer bodyguard corporation and Giles aiming to reunite with Buffy.
If we loose all the ones we care about, the world becomes meaningless. Billy uses fire to scare off the zompires and save Devon and his father. Eldre Koh, a contemporary of Illyria from last season's Buffy title shows up to learn from Illyria who had him falsely imprisoned for killing his own family, only to discover it was Illyria herself. She walks the streets of San Francisco at peace. It still resonates with me a lot. The Scoobies are quickly overwhelmed while D'Hoffryn claims this is vengeance for taking Anya from him. The two vampire leaders also point out the insecurities in Buffy's and Spike's relationship.
And as the real and supernatural worlds collide, Dawn is forced to make a life-altering decision. Things that go bump in the night are kinda her forte. Being in a magical dimension gives Dawn great power but she can only close the portal from the demon's side and will be stuck there if she does. Angel and Faith go on several missions and acquire numerous fragments of Giles' soul using the mystical Tooth of Ammuk, and Angel's personality becomes increasingly influenced by the growing presence of Giles' soul within him. Andrew tricks the Sculptor into thinking he complied but he actually told Buffy beforehand and she kills the Sculptor.
But something is telling Buffy that there is more to her dreams than meets the eye. Tensions run high as Slayer and vampire hit the mean streets of London. In a magical dimension resembling , Willow is reunited with her former tutor and lover , whom she could not commune with after the end of magic. He does however activate a digital recording of the personality of his friend and victim. It really feels like a perfect ensemble piece even though Buffy is clearly the hero here.
The bottom of page 4 is a perfect example, with Buffy's nervous smile in response to Spike making her instantly familiar, even if you might have been thrown by her shorter hair that she's sporting these days. Shall we start in the reverse order and save the best for last and check in on Andrew first? Just how far down the path of volatile magic will she go to get what she wants? Attaining gainful employment at St. She's still fighting creatures of the night, as Willow and Xander grow distant and nightmares plague the Slayer. I do have some thoughts on the last 2 episodes but Spiral goes by so fast and I enjoy it but I don't really have much to say about it. Later, Angel and Faith recover a mystical item which is key to restoring Giles's corpse to full health so they can reanimate it. It's one of the most intense endings to a season I've ever seen! Later it is revealed that Anaheed is another Slayer who has been tasked with looking out for Buffy, and she takes Billy under her wing.
Spike, ever the hero, offers to help this mysterious damsel in distress in her journey to find any remnants of magic that might reconnect her to her world. After Illyria goes on a rampage, Fred is able to reassert control and contain Illyria inside her. I love that Dawn would rather look at Glory than Ben. Buffy refuses saying their relationship is worth fighting for even if they both have doubts and Spike agrees. But none of that matters because the episode is emotional and brilliant and I didn't even let myself take notes during it so I could fully appreciate it.