Yep...and that's what I was thinking on rewatch but you don't give me an option for neither/both.What you thought when you first saw it wasn't influenced by what happened afterwards, or by others opinions. It's your immediate response.
This thread isn't actually about Spike, or his reasonings, but about what you were thinking.
No you dont need to travel to a wish granting cave in Africa to get your soul returned to you, you can ask Willow. Spike had plenty of time before Seeing Red to get his soul , if he really thought that was what Buffy wantedI watched it live but don't remember what I thought. Definitely didn't think he went there to get the chip out since that makes no sense.
Spike wanted Buffy more than he wanted to kill randoms. Just like Anya wanted Xander more than she wanted to curse people. He was less likely to fall back on his evil past since he was actively trying to get Buffy while Anya had the opportunity to get with Xander but was too hurt to try to fix things.
In Smashed when he thought the chip stopped working he had to talk himself into attacking someone and even then only did it because he was upset Buffy rejected him & said "you're not a man, you're a thing, an evil soulless thing." It was like Faith, the eye rolling destructive you-think-I'm-bad-I'll-show-you-bad behavior.
Once he got a real taste of Buffy, he couldn't be swayed. Spike didn't have his own personal moral code but he would've been more than willing to fake it and toe the line if it meant getting to be with Buffy. It's like in the SMG movie Possession, a violent man is in prison, falls for his lawyer, she marries his sweet brother, he gets released, she feels uncomfortable having him around, the brothers get into a car accident, and he wakes up and gaslights her into believing he's her husband trapped in the body of the inmate brother. He was going to spend the rest of his life in the ruse in order to be with her.
Spike didn't want to kill Buffy. And the chip hadn't worked on her since her resurrection.
You don't need to travel to a wish granting cave in Africa to remove a government implanted neural inhibitor.
Not really. Not all signs point to that. Many signs point to him going there to get a soul. Many signs also point to him going there to get the chip removed. Those are easier signs to read, but if you really look at it, it's quite obvious he went to get a soul.all points to the demon playing a trick on Spike