Hi there all, I'm back again with part 3 of this breakdown series delving into the many evils that Buffy and the Scoobies face throughout the series. This part will focus on season 3 and have a closer look at the aftermath of the devastating end of season 2 that left many reeling with the apparent death of Angel at the hands of Buffy and her inability to deal with her actions which resulted in her leaving her mum and friends behind and running away.
After realising that even if she runs away from Sunnydale she can't run away from her problems, Buffy returns and quickly encounters new girl in town Faith. As we found out in season 2 due to Buffy's brief brush with death in defeating The Master in the end of season 1 another slayer was called but as Buffy didn't stay dead it meant that there was now 2 slayers, a phenomenon that had previously not existed. However, the new slayer, Kendra, was killed by Drusilla and as we come to find out yet another slayer was called to duty, that of new girl, Faith. While initially the group is enamoured by the newcomer not all is what it seems. Buffy soon realises that not all slayers have a naturally intuitive moral code and Faith has strayed so far beyond that path that it may put those she holds dearest in danger. While Buffy battles to save her friends and hold on to their trust, Faith manipulates those in Buffy's inner circle to essentially freeze out the original slayer and to help serve her new boss and this season's big evil, none other than the Mayor. While all this seems too much to handle for the teenager things only get more complicated when it is revealed that Angel is not dead but very alive in fact and back in Sunnydale and Buffy must nurse him back to health causing further friction between her and her friends.
The situation with Buffy and Faith culminates in a very violent battle between the two that leaves Faith stabbed and we assume left for dead, but not everything in Buffy is always that clear cut or easy as we come to find out. So with everything spiralling out of control for Buffy and the gang, things finally reach their climax at the high school graduation where the guest speaker is none other than the Mayor himself. Finally, revealed in his true form, a giant snake demon, our hero slays him and saves the day once again. However, once again she loses the man she loves as Angel makes the heart breaking decision to leave Sunnydale and Buffy behind for her own good which thus draws season three to close. How will this impact our young heroine and her quest as the slayer in the future?