Mar 07, 2008 10:53 AM EST
Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Sexual Exploration
In the new issue of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comic, Buffy will experiment with her sexuality and sleep with a fellow slayer, who also happens to be a woman. Whedon says that the story has "evolved naturally", and that their relationship has developed over several issues. Satsu, the woman Buffy has this relationship with, was one of 2,000 slayers that were in the show's finale. In comic No. 3 Buffy is overcome by a "Sleeping Beauty" spell undone only by a kiss from someone who loves her. In No. 4 Buffy realizes that Satsu saved her. Last month the pair discussed Satsu's feelings. Buffy, although flattered by Satsu's attentions, said the risks of involvement were too great. "People who love me tend to ... oh, die," she said. Or, she added, they leave, because "sooner or later everybody realizes there's something wrong ... something wrong with me, or around me."
It wasn't until Issue 12 that Buffy finds herself in bed with Satsu, and you as the reader are let in on the ‘Oh my God' moment, according to Whedon. He also said that "it puts Buffy in an ‘Oh my God, what did I just do?' moment."
Whedon went on the explain that this won't be an ongoing saga of sexual discovery. "We're not going to make her gay, nor are we going to take the next 50 issues explaining that she's not. She's young and experimenting, and did I mention open-minded?"
This certainly isn't the first time that a character from the series has crossed the lines of sexual exploration. Willow came out in Season 4 to mixed feelings among fans. One fan posted that she would never watch the show again, to which Whedon replied, "We'll miss you."