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04 August 2013 @ 06:08 pm
How will Buffy eventually die?  
Do you think Buffy will eventually, truly die? And if so, how?

I know Joss once said that he doesn't like the idea of Buffy ending, that he sees her as living forever-but perhaps he meant that figuratively.

How does your Buffy die? What do you feel would be an appropriate/ideal death for her?

Personally, I'd like to see her go out fighting some baddie, with Spike by her side. Sure, that's the romanic Spuffy in me talking, but I also think it's true to her character, to die in battle defending others, and fulfilling her mission and destiny.

ever_neutral: [btvs] buffy = warriorever_neutral on August 5th, 2013 10:55 am (UTC)
I'd kind of like Buffy to die old and peacefully? Just to defy that whole thing about Slayers always dying young and at the hands of evil. I want Buffy to actually be able to live a full life. Though, yeah, there would be something fitting about her going out fighting.
Beckyjoans_journal on August 5th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
I'd like that for her too, but I just don't think it'll go down like that.
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on August 5th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Sort of answered this on Debris 4 spike's journal, although she was commenting on how either or both die, so that's what I addressed there. My Buffy doesn't die all that often, because the focus of most of my stories is to get them together and I don't often hang around to see how the happy-ever-after goes. But when I do follow them through to the bitter (or welcome) end, it's usually after a nice long life with Spike, and he often goes out fighting at her side. Although I have one fic where I barely suggest that she might be semi-immortal, and one in which she hasn't been with Spike and is dying of old age when he shows up to say good-bye. Given who they are, going down fighting seems the most likely way for her to go out... although, I do prefer to think that Spike be with her when it happens. Once in while I like to think she had a good, long, relatively normal life, with a family and all that - but I still manage to squeeze him into it somewhere. :)
Beckyjoans_journal on August 5th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of Buffy being immortal. We know she doesn't age like other woman, right? Or was that something I read in a fic?

I too want Spike by her side in the end. It's only fitting, trying to save her ideally. He's always been there for her, in death it shouldn't be any different. There's something very romantic in the idea of them going out together. I also like the idea of him living on, and paying tribute to her legacy.
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on August 5th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
I think the idea that she doesn't age like normal women is fanon, not canon. I know I've used that idea more than once, and so have a lot of other people. It can be attributed to slayer healing (keeping her aging cells regenerating really quickly), to Willow's resurrection spell, or to something else involving being with Spike. I don't think it was ever addressed in canon - probably because everybody dies there! LOL

I can go either way with Spike. if it's both of them tackling something and needing to die to make it happen, I'm good with that. But I can also deal with Spike's eventual need to move on from her memory if she dies within a normal time frame. I just wish them a nice long life together before either one has to mourn again....
Rebcake: btvs_buffy_whateverrebcake on August 5th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
I don't have a fixed idea about Buffy's death. I've read dozens of possibilities, and while I don't really enjoy reading about her dying, I think most options are equally plausible, and they are usually well done.

There are several fics that play with the idea that Willow's resurrection spell somehow made Buffy immortal, and those are good, too. They are often presented as a horror story, which makes sense to me. I mean, death really is a gift, at some point in a person's existence.

(Yeah, the idea that Buffy doesn't age like other women is fanon, not canon. I suppose a case could be made that her Slayer healing might keep the crow's feet away, but it's never explicitly addressed in the show.)
Barbrahirah on August 6th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
I can see her dying in a number of ways, but the one I went with in my own fic was her living a reasonably long life for a Slayer, and then she and Spike go out fighting together.
Beckyjoans_journal on August 7th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
I love this!
annegables on August 14th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
I always pictured her finding out that Willows bring her back and the fact that Spike could hit her meant that she was all messed up and wouldn't age anymore. So again with the similarity to vampires.