30 Days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Day 17: Something You Wish Had Happened
“Xander marrying Anya” would be a bit of a cop-out, right? So here’s something else: I wish that Buffy and Giles had been on better terms by the time the series ended. They never stopped loving each other, and Buffy always needed her Watcher, but they were slowly drifting apart, as I suppose happens with most parent-child-type relationships. Starting in season 4, as Buffy went to college and started becoming an adult, Giles began to feel less relevant. After Buffy’s (second) death, he moved back to England, showing up sporadically after. He committed a massive breach of her trust in season 7, conspiring with Robin Wood to kill Spike, whom he considered a liability the group couldn’t handle in the fight with the First. The thing is, Giles was always harder than Buffy at her hardest. He went after Angelus before Buffy had the stones to, though I’ll grant you that was driven by vengeance. He killed Ben (I wish that secret had come out). He whooped Willow’s ass. He was willing to kill Spike. As Buffy began to realize this, I think it was like a child discovering a hidden facet of her father. She didn’t necessarily like it. In the comics, Buffy and Giles were kinda estranged, until something very, very terrible happened. Like most things related to Buffy, my heart aches for them.