Sarah Michelle Gellar wants her son to remain on Team Spike.
The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star has told The Hollywood Reporter That earlier in the pandemic, she decided to revisit the show with her children, as they were now old enough and expressed interest.
Gellar has two children, Charlotte, 13, and Rocky, 10, with her husband of 20 years, actor Freddie Prinze Jr.
“We watched seasons one through five,” Gellar said, adding that after watching these seasons, their children have favored which version of Buffy’s vampiric romance they prefer.
Gellar said that her daughter Brody is a fan of the tormented Angel, while her son adores the punk-rock villain-turned-hero Spike.
And it seems like Gellar curated which episodes of the show’s seven seasons her kids would watch in order to keep her son informed.
“We’ve let go of a lot in the last two (seasons),” Gellar told the outlet. “I have trouble with Six. It didn’t suit him at the time, and I don’t want to see it again.”
Season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is certainly the most controversial of the series – and marked the network switch from The WB to the now defunct UPN in 2002.
In that season, Buffy is resurrected from the dead, suffers a stroke, and a season-long depression. During this time, she engages in a toxic sexual relationship with her former enemy, the vampire Spike.
Spike, portrayed by the charming James Marsters, was a beloved, three-dimensional character with a strong redemption arc at this point in the long-running series. His romance with Buffy wasn’t healthy, but his friendship with her certainly was.
Therefore, it seemed completely out of character and unnecessarily disturbing when Spike attempted to rape Buffy in the Season 6 episode Seeing Red.
The violent and gut-wrenching scene left many fans feeling “Cheatedby the show because there never seemed to be any real ramifications for Spike’s actions. Instead, the show attempts to draw an audience to Spike, who uses the experience as motivation to find a soul. This leads to his Season 7 arc in which he gains the affections of Buffy and becomes one of the show’s biggest heroes.
Marsters, who played Spike, told vice in 2017 that “the scene sent me into therapy, which was a great thing for me.”
He also told Vice that although he still thought the scene was a “worthy risk”, he understands why fans feel it was such a misstep.
“We probably shocked the audience a little bit,” he told Vice at the time. “Now I regularly turn down roles with rape scenes. Not again.”
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