Simply put, what I plan to do here is re-tell the whole story of that particular plot arc, which spread over at least a year of storytelling, all in one place and with everything laid out clearly. I'm particularly aiming this at people who've not read S8, or gave up reading, but are still curious to find out what's been going on in a story which Joss Whedon considers to be the canonical continuation of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. ;-) Of course, people who are reading the season might also find it of interest as a recap.
I'm trying to be fairly neutral here, and describe what happened rather than provoke a debate on whether or not it was a good or in-character plot development. Though debates have a tendency to happen anyway when it comes to controversial things, which is kind of the point.
If anyone is interested in a similar summary of one of the other season arcs, feel free to suggest it in the comments and I'll see what I can do. I don't, however, plan to write anything on the plotlines which are still ongoing, at least until after the season is over and we know how it ends - so that means I won't be writing about Buffy and Angel or Spike here. Consider this post a haven from the Spuffangelight wank if you like. :-)
Dial-up warning: post contains lots of images.
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