Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 6, Episode 20

Villains (14 May 2002)

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Enraged after Tara's death at the hands of Warren, Willow turns to the Black Magics to exact her revenge.



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Enraged after Tara's death at the hands of Warren, Willow turns to the Black Magics to exact her revenge.

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Although "Seeing Red" is generally believed to have been Amber Benson's last episode of BtVS, she appears briefly in this episode, playing the corpse of Tara. When filming was done, Joss Whedon and the cast presented Benson with a tombstone-shaped cake to commemorate her final scene. See more »


Buffy mentions a couple of times that, "We don't kill humans." But, in season 5, "Spiral" is when the Knights of Byzantium attack Buffy and friends on the bus, and she kills a number of them. They were humans. See more »


Cave Demon: You seek me, vampire?
Spike: Did you do these finger paintings? I must say, that's pretty impressive work.
Cave Demon: Answer me.
Spike: Yeah... I seek you.
Cave Demon: Something about a woman... the Slayer.
Spike: The bitch think's she's better then me. Ever since I got this bleeding chip in my head, things haven't been right.
Cave Demon: And now... you want to return to your former self?
Spike: Yes.
[the cave demon laughs]
Spike: What?
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References Puppetmaster (1989) See more »


Die, Die My Darling
Written by Glenn Danzig
Performed by The Misfits (uncredited)
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Dark Willow: Not A Villain
12 November 2010 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

For a fact the only time she proved herself to be a villain was 2 episodes later. The Plot Warren shoots Buffy and Tara Buffy survives because she gets the medical treatment but Tara dies there and... lets just say Warren didn't know what he was walking into... for a fact that's extraordinarily accurate.

Now the biggest problem I have with this is how everyone calls this version of Willow Dark Willow and praising her AS A VILLAIN. I am somewhat of a hard marker for villains but the only time Willow was a villain was the series finale.

Another big problem with this is how Buffy tries to convince Dark Willow not to kill the Series antagonist. The last series antagonist that she actually killed before then was Adam. What is so convincing about not to kill Warren was just this in a nutshell:

Buffy: Don't kill Warren we don't kill humans

Dark Willow: What are you going to do to him

Buffy: I don't know but he'll pay

Anyone who doesn't agree with me should take another look at this again. Willow's phase between Willow and Dark Willow is sort of going from (in a Comic Book fan's perspective) Moon Knight from before 2006 to afterward the one I prefer when he kills in torturous ways I think that's accurate again.

In other words I like this episode just not how Buffy even thinks about protesting Willow's kill without thinking what they'll do to him when in the Buffyverse (or Angelverse) there are many possibilities.

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