Hi all, continuing on in our Villains of Buffy breakdown we move on to season 2 of the series where the evil Buffy and the gang faces becomes a lot more personal. It is this season where we are first introduced to two characters that have left their mark on the show in more ways than one. It is season two where we meet the ultimate vamp couple in Spike and Drusilla.
However, it is also this season where we witness things start to heat up between our protagonist and the tall, dark and mysterious "good" vampire, Angel, whose evil past comes to light in the wake of the arrival of the troublesome couple. While Drusilla's character is revisited sporadically throughout both Buffy and the spin-off series Angel, the character of Spike quickly became a fan favourite. So much so that it had Joss Whedon reconsider the story arc to incorporate the character played by James Masters more completely in future storylines. This was confirmed by James himself who at the pop culture convention, Supanova in Sydney explained that the original idea for his character was supposed to be short-lived, that he was to die and Angel and Drusilla would in fact end up together. However, as fans of the show would attest this would have left a major hole in the development of several of the characters as the showed progressed and left many of us without our crush-worthy Blonde vampire. Whether in the end you were "Team Angel" or "Team Spike", its the Buffy and Angel relationship that truly governed the ups and downs of season two.
Season one saw sparks ignited between these two, but it was season two that saw these sparks blown into a flame that culminated in the two sharing a very intimate night together. Unfortunately, the curse on Angel was broken due to this intimate moment and he reverted back to Angelus, the very evil and sadistic vampire side of himself. Not only leaving Buffy utterly devastated but left with the unthinkable decision of having to kill the man she loves to save her family and friends, a choice that shakes her to the core and left many of us to wonder how our young hero would recover from such an act.