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Barnes & Noble -Season 7
In a commentary recorded for this Season 7 set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, creator Joss Whedon says that he wanted to create a circular arc that took the show "back to the beginning." It's accomplished by having almost every episode reference something that has occurred in previous years, such as Buffy's Sarah Michelle Gellar return to high school in the season opener, "Lessons." As Willow Alyson Hannigan remains in England with Giles Anthony Stewart Head, trying to recover from her evil magic rampage; Buffy goes to work as a guidance counselor at the newly reopened Sunnydale High School -- complete with Hellmouth of course, located under new principal Robin Wood's D. B. Woodside office. Spike James Marsters, now possessed of a soul and the guilt-ridden conscience that goes with it, has been driven mad by the First Evil -- one of the original demons to walk the Earth see the Season 3 episode "Amends". He has taken refuge in the school basement; but it’s actually in a church that Buffy finally learns Spike's secret in "Beneath You" -- an episode with a final scene that’s among the series’ best ever. Buffy’s struggle with the First dominates Season 7, such as in "Bring On the Night" when Giles returns with news that the First has been killing the young girls that will become Slayers, known as Potentials, and Buffy makes the decision to find the girls and train them for an inevitable battle. After being tormented by the First, Spike returns to killing in "Sleeper" and "Never Leave Me." Knowing Buffy won't do it, Giles tries to settle the Spike problem -- with the help of Wood -- in the excellent "Lies My Parents Told Me." The rogue Slayer Faith Eliza Dushku returns in the pivotal episode "Dirty Girls," which also features the introduction of Caleb Nathan Fillion, the First's powerful servant. Faith is to aid in the training of the Potentials, and she eventually becomes their leader after the group loses confidence in Buffy in "Empty Places." The two-part series finale, "End of Days" and "Chosen," features a guest appearance by Buffy's first love, Angel David Boreanaz; the spectacular destruction of the Hellmouth; and the death of two major characters. For fans it's a harsh blow to see this amazing series come to a close, but to echo Spike in the final moments of the finale, we're glad just "to see how it ends."