- Aug 16, 2021
I was wondering which of Willow's pieces you like best or worst. So let us know we can talk about that and you can talk about the entire Buffy series.
I agree. I think there’s a huge vein of codependency running throughout the scoobies relationship. I feel like S7 they may actually have a bit of a healthier relationship with each other where they’re less inclined to micro manage each other’s lives. I don’t know if this is a 90’s tv thing where friends always are depicted as being each other’s everything or just something that gradually got less suffocating as they maturedThe worst thing Willow did, that she has no reasonable excuse for, was to stand Buffy up in Dead Man's Party. It's inexcusable, rude and incredibly cruel. Apart from that I can pretty much forgive Willow for everything else she does.
She's a complex character with deep feelings that she usually exposes in the most inopportune times and ways. She is beset by petty jealousies that speak to her low self esteem and lack of confidence growing up. She relies too heavily on those around her and struggles to be independent, though Xander and Buffy suffer with this too.
I think Willow's worst trait is that she doesn't deal with her problems. When something hurts her, she might express it briefly but then it's all brushed under the carpet. It feels like all the hurt is going in deep and staying there. The codependency, low self esteem, all the nonsense with Xander, her control issues, none of it is ever really dealt with and I feel that's where the Dark Willow aspect comes from. I need to pay more attention to her in S6 when I watch again, but it seems like they blame the magic for corrupting her, when I think it's far more likely all that inner turmoil corrupted the magic.