From the S5 period. Looking back on it I Just wondered what people thought of it. He basically admits Hank Summers was retconned out of plot convenience
It is convenient, sure, but it doesn't conflict with anything we know. In S1, Buffy has a nightmare about him abandoning her, then in S2, he buys her some shoes, then he abandons her. It checks out.He doesn't say that. He says he wanted to keep things simple and bringing him back would complicate things ergo plot convenience
At the time SMG publically said she didnt think they should move to UPN and was even prepared to leave the show. Problem for SMG was she was on a contract so she weren't going anywhere.There was nothing to stop him writing him Hank in if he wanted him there. He obviously didn't have a role for him except as a significant absence so I think it's just plot. "We see him as being increasingly far away and awful" suggests he's simply building on what went before. It seems a remarkably sane interview for a Whedon interview....less hyperbole than usual and with a slight dig (?) at SMG at the end.
She was. She was making it all about her and what she wanted rather than respecting her father and his wishes. That's why he bailed on Joyce and Buffy turned out to be just like Joyce.Yeah you're right. Buffy's so selfish, wanting to go to that wedding. Back off Buffy!