Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy sacrifices herself in 2001 finale
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a classic supernatural teen drama starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as the title character. In the series, she falls for a vampire called Angel (played by David Boreanaz) who has a human soul. The couple end up parting ways and fans are keen to know why they were unable to stay in a relationship.
Why can’t Buffy and Angel be together?
Buffy Summers experiences a number of complex relationships throughout the series, due to the burden she carries.
As a slayer, she is not able to lead a normal life like other high schoolers her age and saving the world is her top priority.
She had a tendency to close herself off from her romantic partners as she knew she could never have the relationship she had dreamed of.
Angel was one of the only people she was able to be herself around, but they were polar opposites.
The vampire with a human soul had been following Buffy for a while, as he wanted to warn her about trouble brewing at the Hellmouth.
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Angel did not reveal himself as a vampire until their first kiss and Buffy knew their relationship would be difficult.
As it was going against everything she stood for, she knew Angel was wrong for her but could not keep herself away from him.
The problem came to a head when Angel experienced pure happiness and turned into his alter ego, Angelus.
Angelus was the evil version of Angel, who would kill relentlessly and without remorse.
Buffy knew that being with Angel was too much of a risk to herself, her friends and the rest of the world.
They attempted to make the relationship work but in the end, they decided it was best to part ways.
Angel took Buffy to her school prom and shared a romantic dance with her in an emotional scene, before leaving for LA.
He then went on to star in his own spin-off series, named after his character.
Some fans have questioned why Buffy could not be with Angel as she went on to form a relationship with antagonistic vampire, Spike (James Marsters).
One fan took to Quora to explain the difference between Spike and Angel, saying: “She isn’t with Angel because he ended things, then left town.
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“They were so attracted to each other there was concern that they would mess up or lose control and he would lose his soul, and people would die.
“She was with Spike because she didn’t have to worry about him losing his soul and murdering people in the same way.
“Spike was also there for her and super supportive even when her own friends and family were turning against her in season seven.”
Spike ended up becoming one of the heroes of the series after he realised he was in love with Buffy and decided to help her.
Many fans are torn over whether they preferred Angel or Spike as a suitable boyfriend for Buffy.
Angel was allegedly meant to die in season two when Buffy destroyed Angelus, but the plan was changed as a spin-off series had been ordered.
According to Screenrant the creator, Joss Whedon, did not initially intend for Angel to be a vampire.
He only knew Angel would act as a love interest for Buffy and he would act as her supporter, but it was not until the first season that Whedon decided he would be a vampire with a soul.
Buffy went on to appear in a couple of the Angel spin-off episodes but left after the Buffy series moved networks.
She was deliberately kept out of the Angel series finale as Whedon wanted only regular Angel cast to feature.
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