Old Faces Back In Buffy
From Sci Fi Wire
Joss Whedon, creator of UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
told SCI FI Wire to expect some familiar faces and a return
to an old haunt as the show kicks off its seventh season.
In a series of possible spoilers for the upcoming season,
Whedon said in an interview to expect the return of Glory,
the god played by Claire Kramer who was apparently killed
at the end of season five; Warren (Adam Busch), the evil
geek killed by Willow in last season's finale; and possibly
Faith (Eliza Dushku), the bad-girl Slayer last seen a few
season back on Angel. The season will also begin with Dawn
(Michelle Trachtenberg) beginning classes in a newly rebuilt
Sunnydale High School, Whedon said.
Glory "will make a guest appearance, maybe more than
one," Whedon said during UPN's fall preview party on the
Buffy set in Santa Monica, Calif. "We're going to see a lot
of old faces. A lot of them. And it's going to be ... for a
very particular reason that I will not explain to you. But it's
going to be a lot of fun."
Whedon also revealed that he has been in talks with
Dushku about returning as Faith to both Buffy and its
spinoff series, Angel—if Dushku's schedule allows. "Well,
hopefully she's going to be integral" to both shows, Whedon
said. "But ... nothing has been set. ... We know we'd love
to have her back, and we've been talking to her. We're sort
holding off. ... [But] I really feel she has a place on both
[shows], and it's different in each. She brings something to
anywhere she graces the screen. She's an extraordinary
actress. And we just want to work with her again. But until
things are, you know, definite, we're keeping all that loose,
in case, you know, she's suddenly making more movies,
that inconsiderate girl."
Whedon confirmed that he and his staff will lighten Buffy up
after the previous season, which many felt was very dark.
Part of that will include a return to Sunnydale High, which
was destroyed at the end of season three, and following
Dawn as she treads in her older sister's footsteps. "It's
nice," Whedon said. "Dawn is now the age Buffy was when
the show began. And what's nice about that is that it gives
us the opportunity to tell more high-school stories, which
were the centerpiece of the show, and which we only got
to do for two and a half years. I mean, they graduated at
the end of year three, and the first season was a half
season. And the only time I've ever truly felt sad and like
I'd lost something was when they graduated, because I
was like, 'Wait, wait, I went through more bad things!
There's more pain I haven't talked about yet! I haven't
complained enough!' And now I have that opportunity to
complain to America again, and I'm looking forward to taking
it." Buffy returns Sept. 24 in its regular Tuesday 8 p.m.