- Jan 26, 2018
Anyone got any theories for why Darla acted so different from Angel to being reborn with a soul? Shouldn't she be paralysed with guilt? The thing that eventually gets to her is the love Angel shows her.
I thought that Darla had forgotten what it was like to be human, lost her humanity. Angel was still young enough to remember.
Because we see that Angel too had an identity crisis when he regained his soul. Even post re-ensoulment he tried to go back to the only family he knew and realized he didn’t belong there anymore. So it makes sense for Darla to have gone back to trying to be evil and find that it didn’t feel right anymore (thus giving her insight as to how Angel felt when her demon caste him out).
Can we still attribute this to Darla having forgotten what it was like to be human? Or is it because she's not actually trying to kill/hurt innocent people and is focused entirely on Angel with whom she has a history - if W&H had sent her out to kill someone would she have felt her soul sooner?
Ah yes, I'd forgotten about the betrayal aspect. That makes sense - I can see how her hurt and spite would help her compartmentalise initially and use those horrible memories to torment him.I think so much of the horrible things she does to Angel has to do with the betrayal she feels at the memory that he killed her. I don't even think I understood the weight of Angel killing Darla until ats s2. After seeing their history, seeing how much she meant to him (as convoluted as those feelings were) that he was the one to end her for Buffy - I think Darla found that a grand betrayal.