- Apr 8, 2017
He did need the scoobies for protection against the initiative. I'm not saying that Spike never made any choices after being chipped. It's just that the chip is the catalyst in him turning to the good side. Spike didn't make a choice to be evil (he was turned into a vampire) but he also didn't make the choice to be good alone (the chip was what pushed him). If Spike had never been chipped, he would have continued being evil like he's been for hundreds of years. There's nothing to say otherwise.But he does do all those things and there are more things that he could choose to try and do, to continue trying to find an 'evil' way to live, that he doesn't. And he didn't have to go to the scoobies in the first place, he had other options that he wasn't even shown to explore (such as stealing blood or trying to hunt animals) if he couldn't sway Harmony to accept him back. Once he knows he can hurt other demons his options just widen, but he always has options and so therefore makes choices. Whilst trying to use the scoobies, he continues to try to be evil as well in fact until he realises that he has feelings for Buffy and then this revelation starts to affect his choices too and plays into his lack of continued attempts to be evil. Otherwise he may have just continued until he finally got his chip out or until Dru turned up to ask him to go with her and he may have taken her up on that if his affections hadn't moved. Every choice that he makes and doesn't make can be looked at to consider the character's motivations and to gain character insight. That he didn't choose to be chipped in the first place doesn't stop that being true. Spike didn't choose to be chipped, Angel didn't choose to be souled, Buffy didn't choose to be the slayer, Faith didn't choose to be a slayer either. But all of their stories are interesting because of seeing how they choose to respond to the circumstances they are put into, how they react, how it changes them and how it doesn't.
Faith made a choice to be evil, and then a choice to be good again. She wasn't soulless (so no excuse for being evil) and she wasn't chipped (so nothing forcing her to be good again). Therefore that is Faith's arc and her growth. Spike was pushed into it by the chip. What is an arc if it's just the character getting pushed around by different things that he has no control over.
It's not practical to suggest that Spike could have continued to be evil after he's been chipped. There's too many problems that Spike would encounter (he's not got enough money, demons aren't loyal and could/would turn on Spike any minute).