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The death of the Master

Discussion in 'Season 1' started by Antho, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. Antho

    Antho Scooby

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    Something I never understand in the show is why we see the Master's skeleton after him being killed ? When Vampires are killed, there is only dust !
     
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    Athena Belinda Staff Member

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    Black Thorn
    I always took it that because he was so old and had so much power, he's not a regular vampire, so he retains the skeleton....
     
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    Maybe you're right, it's possible. Althought I don't think the vampire age is so important, if i'm not wrong Giles says in season 3 that Kakistos is the oldest vampire and when Faith kills him, he doesn't retain the skeleton.
     
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    Living Dead Boy Joss Is A Very Flawed Boss

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    Black Thorn
    So I'm reading "Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Myth, Metaphor, And Morality". It's an collection of essays that cover and dissect every episode of the show (and it's only a dollar on your Kindle). So once "When She Was Bad" came up, it brought up something about what went down, and why The Master's bones were the only vampire bones we've seen on the show. Buffy had just gone through some seriously traumatic stuff, largely due to the showdown with The Master. Throughout the episode, Buffy is moody and irritable, and at this point definitely showing some signs of PTSD. There's something gnawing at her emotionally and she needs to let it out in some way. After taking it out on everyone else, Buffy finally comes face to face with what remains of The Master, and literally and metaphorically smashes all ties to that traumatic event, by "grinding his bones to make her bread". :p So it's such a relief when she finally breaks down in Angel's arms, as her fears about moving on are gone. Joss said himself that he often sacrifices plot details when he's trying to get at an emotional truth, and overall, I enjoy and prefer his approach to storytelling.
     
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    Fuffy Baith 2017 (and 2016) Cutest BB member

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    The Order of Aurelius was trying to bring back the Master in When She Was Bad, so presumably, they knew that it was possible and was almost like a backup plan for when the Master dies. So perhaps maybe they had performed some ritual that would allow the Master's bones to be left behind? Other than that I like the idea that it was just a plot hole in order to deal with Buffy's emotions.
     
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    Anyanka Bunny Killer Jotunheim

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    The Master...baiter. :D
     
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    Old Heinrich seems to be a uniquely important Vampire, if the amount of Ancient Prophecy in Sumerian concerning him is seen as any indication. I mean, we never hear of Vampires returning to life, ever. Well, except Darla or Dracula, but those were clearly exceptional situations. I have to guess, that either by chance or by design, he discovered the means to preserve himself after death.
     
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    Zenseem Evil, skanky and kinda gay

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    Simple answer: plothole.