There's been a resurgence of the old debate about what Buffy would have done, or should have done, after 'Chosen'. We now know what Joss's own idea is, of course, but there are plenty of fans who disagree with his take or think it's out of character for Buffy and the others. Many people have written fanfic about other possible alternative futures for Buffy and her friends; I did it myself back before Season 8 came out. Some people claim they prefer these different ideas to Joss's own.
So, here under the cut is a poll. I'm asking what YOU think it would be sensible for Buffy to have done, or what would be in character for her to have done (not necessarily the same thing...), after 'Chosen'. I'm not specifically asking your opinions on Season 8, though obviously some of the more detailed questions relate to issues raised by the comics; indeed, I'm especially interested in replies from people who haven't read them.
If you disagree with any of my questions or think I should have included different choices in the options - well, that's what comments are for. :-) Note that some of these poll questions are radio button and some are check-box, just to confuse you.
Would Buffy give up Slaying after 'Chosen'?
Yes. She'd had enough.
Mostly. She might patrol occasionally, but she was done with full-time world-saveage.
She might take a long break, but eventually she'd want to get back into it.
No - she'd feel too guilty that people might be killed without her out there to protect them.
No - despite her denials, she enjoys it too much.
How soon after 'Chosen' would Buffy want to settle down in domestic bliss and start a family?
Never. She's not that kind.
Not for a long time; maybe in her thirties.
Not for four or five years at least.
Maybe after a year or two.
As soon as possible.
The instant she hears Spike is alive, but not otherwise.
Did Buffy know before Willow cast her spell that hundreds of new Slayers would be called all over the world?
No, it took her by surprise.
Yes, she thought it was likely.
It wasn't something she'd even thought about.
How would she feel at first about creating so many new Slayers?
Pleased that she'd empowered so many women.
Pleased that she has new allies to fight against evil.
Pleased that she has people like her, so she's no longer unique.
Pleased about changing the status quo.
Guilty about not giving them a choice.
Guilty about disrupting their lives.
Guilty about putting them in danger from demons and vampires.
Guilty about changing the status quo.
Neutral: they're not her problem.
Would Buffy feel herself responsible for helping the new Slayers?
Absolutely. She created them, it's her overriding duty to help them.
Yes, but it wouldn't be her first priority.
No, they can take care of themselves. She did.
How many of the new Slayers would be willing to give up their mundane lives to become evil-fighting superheroes?
All of them. It's their sacred destiny.
Most of them, apart from a few hold-outs.
Maybe about half of them.
No more than about one in four or so.
Barely a handful, if that.
What kind of help would Buffy and her friends think they should offer the new Slayers?
None: they're not their problem.
Come up with a fake cover story for them about why they're suddenly so strong.
Tell them the truth about Slayers and the supernatural.
Give them in-depth knowledge about vampires, demons and other threats to humanity.
Train them to fight and use weapons.
Offer them moral support, companionship and connection to other Slayers.
Provide them with equipment and weapons to make their job easier.
Bring them together into teams so they're not all fighting alone.
Provide those that need it with housing, medical benefits, pension, etc.
Which makes more sense?
Leave each active Slayer in her own home town, with her friends and family but fighting alone.
Bring all the active Slayers together into teams in central locations so they can fight together.
Both: have a few squads who can be called in by a local Slayer if she needs reinforcements.
Would money be a problem for the new Slayers?
Not really. Their families can support them, can't they? Or they can get jobs?
It would be a problem, but not serious. Not Season 6-level bad.
It would be exactly like Season 6 but multiplied by the number of the new active Slayers.
It would be worse, because they need equipment and facilities, not just living expenses.
Would Buffy consider going to the government for help? (Money, facilities, training.)
Yes. She's providing a public service, so why not?
No, they wouldn't believe her.
No, they might try to kidnap and experiment on Slayers. Remember the Initiative?
No, because that would mean losing control of the Slayers to faceless bureaucrats.
Would Buffy ask Angel for help from Wolfram & Hart's funds?
No, for personal reasons. She doesn't want to be in Angel's debt.
No, because W&H's money is tainted. They're evil.
No, because W&H are the enemy, and she wants to stay well away from them.
Would Buffy exploit the Slayers' superpowers to earn money? (Eg entering athletics tournaments).
Yes, that's a clever idea.
Maybe, but it wouldn't be a reliable source of funds.
No, it would risk drawing too much attention to them.
No, it's an abuse of why they have those powers.
Do Buffy or Giles have access to the Watchers' Council's funds?
No, they're inaccessible now.
Only partially; they're too well hidden in multiple places.
Yes, but the Council's wealth was mostly in long-term investments not ready cash.
Yes, but the Council wasn't all that rich after all.
Yes, and there's enough money there to support them easily.
Would Buffy be willing to turn to crime to support the other Slayers?
Absolutely not. Buffy always respects the law.
Only if she was utterly desperate and there was no other alternative.
If necessary. Buffy will do whatever it takes to protect those she feels responsible for.
Yes. She's protecting the world, so the world owes her, right?
If she did steal a lot of money, how would she feel about it afterwards?
Gleeful. She got away with robbery! That's so cool!
She did what she had to do. Enough said.
She'd feel guilty, but try to bluff it out.
Racked with guilt and remorse.
Would Buffy set up a formal, structured Slayer organisation?
Yes, that makes sense.
Not deliberately, but one would evolve anyway.
No, Buffy would keep things strictly informal.
Buffy would leave all that sort of thing to others (Giles, maybe).
The Watchers' Council?
Discredited. The new Slayers would take nothing from it.
The Slayers might use its surviving facilities and resources, but not its ideas.
The new organisation would be a reformed version of the Council.
Who would lead the new Slayer organisation?
One of the other people from Sunnydale.
One of the new Slayers.
A survivor from the old Watchers' Council (other than Giles).
Someone from the government, or a major cosmetics company, etc.
What formal organisation? I said they wouldn't form one.
Would the Slayer organisation have a heirarchy with people giving orders to others?
Yes, a formal and disciplined structure of ranks.
Kind of. The most capable Slayers would be put in charge of teams.
Not really, but people with forceful personalities would tend to rise to leadership.
No, everything would be decided by votes or group discussions.
I said, there wouldn't be any sort of organisation. Aren't you listening?
Would Buffy think other Slayers should wear body armour, if available?
Of course not. It's stupid, ugly and impractical.
Only if they really want to.
It's a good idea if they do.
Absolutely. It could save their lives, and she'll do her best to persuade them.
Would she wear body armour herself, if available?
Of course not. It's stupid, ugly and impractical.
Only if she was going to fight a particularly dangerous enemy.
Sometimes, but only to set a good example to the other Slayers.
Yes, it makes good sense.
Buffy will reluctantly let her Slayers use them if absolutely necessary.
Helicopters, private jets, submarines? (Assuming she somehow got the money for them.)
Ridiculous and unnecessary.
Whatever it takes to get the job done.
Final question, for fun. Would Buffy ever go to bed with another woman?
Never. She's secretly homophobic.
Never, it just doesn't interest her.
Only if Spike had been sex-changed into a woman.
Maybe once or twice as an experiment.
Maybe once or twice if she was really lonely.
Maybe if she met someone she really, really liked. It could happen!
Sure. She just hasn't met the right girl yet.
What do you mean "would she"? She and Faith were totally at it like bunnies in Season 3.
Demographics. Do you read the Season 8 comics?
Yes, every issue.
Sometimes, but not regularly.
I used to, but I gave up on them.
No, but I read other people's comments or reviews.
No, and I'm not interested in them.