But did we, really? I always thought that it was Fred's personality I never bought into the whole "Fred's soul was completely consumed by the hellgod" story. Absorbed, maybe, but still intact, deep down in there, and fighting with all the stubbornness of her Texan ancestors to regain her freedom., That, to my way of thinking, is really what resulted in the mellowing of Illyria's initial cold blooded arrogant nature. That would certainly explain how Fred was able to actually return in the final Season of Dark Horse's series. (Assuming, of course, that you accept those stories as actually being canon)I love how Amy played Illyria (Queen Elizabeth meets the Terminator)... but I hate that we lost Fred.
Nice - an excellent point! Spike calls Illyria "Blue Bonnet" in S12. Isn't that the state flower of Texas? A11 was all about Illyria and Angel's forefathers. I really appreciate the Burkles being evoked in 12.Absorbed, maybe, but still intact, deep down in there, and fighting with all the stubbornness of her Texan ancestors to regain her freedom.,
However....In the (canon) comics continuation of the series,it turns out that Fred's soul really was still in there. She returns after the world's magic gets re-set, with her and Illyria sharing control of the body.