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Amber Benson - Wrap Up Party

Tuesday 22 April 2003, by Webmaster

Reflecting on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer

Amber Benson had quite an arc on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. As Tara, she introduced Willow to lesbianism, sang beautifully in Once More, With Feeling, inspired her recovery from magic addiction and then died the most tragic death I can remember on television. Advertisement

She was supposed to return as an incarnation of Tara, but that didn’t work out, so that fatal gunshot was the last time we saw her on Buffy. She came to the series finale party to celebrate with the rest of the cast, and all dolled up, she looked like Tara’s elegant twin sister. Remember, Tara was kind of a hippie, and though cute, never wore the sort of lovely gown that graced Ms. Benson this night.

Were you disappointed it didn’t work out for you to come back? Yeah, but you know, things work out the way they’re supposed to. And now Willow has a really hot girl as her new love interest, so.

Next question was what do you think of Willow’s new girlfriend? Oh, Kennedy’s a cutie and she’s really nice, the girl the portrays her. She’s a sweetheart. I met her a couple of times.

How do you feel about your ultimate arc on the show? I thought it was really an excellent arc. It was depressing and it was sad but it needed to be done. We were talking about addiction and you kind of have to hit bottom and lose everything before you can pull yourself back up.

What do you think of the show ending? I think it’s sad. It was seven really good years and I don’t think it was a bad show. Is this party a celebration or a mourning? Someone asked me if it was a wake. I think it’s a wake. There’s gonna be a lot of bloodletting going on in the party.

Is it going off at the right time? I don’t know if it’s the right time or not, but it hit its peak and it could go on, but it didn’t have to. It would’ve been nice if it did. It ended on a good note, but it could have continued. And Angel I hope will go on too.

What are your next projects? I just did a film called Latter Days and I co-wrote an animated internet show for the BBC called The Ghosts of Albion.

That’s online? Yeah, bbc.co.uk/cult/ghosts.

What about Chance? We’re looking for a distributor now.