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Every new season on Buffy the Vampire Slayer brought the promise of a fresh Big Bad, a major enemy that would crop up to make life Hell, literally and figuratively, for our heroes. Usually, Big Bads were mythical sorts — sadistic vampires, demonic government officials, omnipotent gods. But for the sixth season, which brought the show to Upn in 2001 after a nearly perfect run on the WB, Joss Whedon and his team of writers encountered a different challenge. Since Buffy had died in the season-five finale and was therefore being brought back from the dead — from heaven, no less — the show was beginning from a dark spot and therefore needed a lighter Bad, as it were. So the show’s writers hit on the idea to have three social misfits from Buffy’s high-school days — previously-seen characters Jonathan Levinson and Warren Mears, along with Andrew Wells, the younger »

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