- Oct 25, 2017
I don't really recall any of the other scoobies overtly blaming Willow when they finally found out that the spell had it's consequences ( I mean I think they all knew there was a chance that would happen - a fairly big chance ) they simply voiced more reservations about it than Willow - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Maybe it's just too long since I've watched season 6 but I don't recall her getting much flack from the gang...I definitely would. Buffy didn't just die, she died in a very unnatural, magical way by jumping into a portal. Even if Willow had done all the research in the world (and we don't know that she didn't before season 6 started) there would still be no concrete evidence that Buffy was in a good place. I mean she jumped into the portal that Glory was trying to go into, that doesn't look good. I would be haunted by thinking my friend could possibly be suffering for all eternity or something like that.
I also have always personally been annoyed by everyone's (fans and characters) reactions to Willow after the spell. Xander, Anya, and even Tara act like it was all Willow's fault even when they fully agreed and participated with her!! But once Buffy came back unhappy, they all started blaming her. It seemed incredibly unfair to me. And it annoys me when viewers think Willow was being selfish. To me it always seemed like even if Willow being proud of herself was a little part of it, Willow really just cared about Buffy and wanted her to be okay and be back. Willow was proud of herself for re-insouling Angel in season 2, but nobody was mad at her for that because it happened to end well. The other scoobies tended to use Willow's magic over and over again, and then when it would occasionally go wrong they would act shocked and mad, when they know magic is fickle and stuff like that has happened before. She can only do so much here!
Also I think Willow knew way more about what could go potentially wrong than the other scoobies did she just choose not to share that information with them - which I don't necessarily like...
I love Willow and I think in this instance she had the best intentions and I understand and am glad that she brought Buffy back - but then I do also hold her slightly more culpable for it's ill effects.