That's why I think Spike and Buffy are transcendent, they transcend the written word, the prophecy. They are bigger than that. Angel and Buffy are designed to work, to be together, to be 'the romance' whereas Spike and Buffy are beyond that. They are not designed, they just are.No I don't! 🙄 Seriously, it's an interesting comment...correct me on this if I'm wrong. Buffy/Angel is tied up with written prophecy? So...in theory, it's operating at the level of the symbolic, of conscious. Buffy/Spike isn't...but when I look at unconscious structures of both couples, it's Spike and Buffy who're inevitable. To bring it back to the OP - try as they might, I'm not sure whether they could remain just as friends...I think they're unconsciously destined to be more. Whether they recognize this themselves is questionable. From this perspective...yeah, I'll applaud the writers! It's this that gives me hope for S12...but I don't want to think about S12.
I still applaud the writers though. It's difficult to write two romances for the same character that are equally as emotive. I'm a Spuffy, but I do understand what Bangels see in their ship, and I put that down to great writers.