What ever happened to Buffy Summers after the conclusion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a question with more than one answer, but Sarah Michelle Gellar has now given her definitive opinion.
Depending on whether you stopped watching Buffy at the end of Season 7 or continued watching Angel, you either last saw the Slayer facing an uncertain future at the edge of a giant crater that was once Sunnydale High School. Maybe you saw her running around Rome ostensibly dating a shady vampire called the Immortal, to both Angel and Spike’s chagrin. If you read the comics, you’ve also seen her living in San Francisco.
But Sarah Michelle Gellar has a different idea. She recently told the Hollywood Reporter, “The burden of saving the world a lot always weighed heavily on her, so for her sake, I hope she is somewhere on a beautiful beach located far away from any Hellmouth.”
Although Sunnydale’s location is never specified, it’s often said to be two hours from Los Angeles, which means it could be four hours from San Francisco. Depending on your idea of “far away,” then, Gellar’s idea works for comics. However, in the past she’s had retcon comments that have ruffled fan feathers, like the time she infamously chose Angel over Spike. She said it decisively, in all caps, during a Reddit AMA.
To be fair, Joss Whedon himself has said, “I’m a Buffy/Spike shipper. I always felt like he was a more evolved person, but that’s like saying Juliet’s going to be so happy with Benvolio and everyone will love it. Buffy/Angel is for the ages; Buffy/Spike is maybe for me. Actually, I’m a Spike/Angel shipper. Completely re-write the equation.”
Wherever Buffy’s beach might be, it’s still up in the air whether she’s lounging there with Angel, Spike, her friends, or nobody at all. Perhaps she’s still cookie dough.