*Spoilers for both shows*
After Death of Beloved
Both Buffy and Fred died a supernatural death in the shows they were in, ironically enough in the fifth season.
Buffy sacrificed herself to save her sister, Dawn, by jumping into a portal, which needed “Summers’ blood” (Buffy and Dawn’s last name was Summers) to close.
Since Buffy was Dawn’s sister, she jumped so Dawn would not have to. After her death, Spike openly cried when he saw Buffy’s dead body.
Sometime between season five and six Buffy’s friends had to use the Buffybot in order to make the demon world believe Buffy was still alive. Unfortunately this did not work in their favor, but it did not matter since the gang found a way to bring the real Buffy back by raising her from the dead.
Fred’s death was the more tragic of the two. Her body was taken over by the sprit of an “older one” called Illyria. At the time Fred and Wes were together and all he could do was watch as she died in his arms.
After the death of Fred, Illyria arose in her body/form. This continued to haunt Wes for the remainder of the fifth season, especially when the goddess would pose as Fred.
Illyria: (about Wesley) My recent reversion to the Burkle persona disturbed him. And he will not tell me why.
Spike: You don’t know? You may not think you’re as powerful as you were, Highness, but looking like Fred, for some of us, is the most devastating power you have.
Spike knew more than he let on about looking at someone with the face of the woman he loved. He had to do it with the Buffybot in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and watched Wes do the same with Illyria in “Angel.”
This is one of the two moments when I wished Wes and Spike would have talked, especially after Fred’s death. Both went though almost the same thing and Spike never told Wes of his experience. Another missed opportunity.
Both men died in battle, possibly knowing what their fates would be. The last face they saw before dying was of the woman they loved.
Spike died a champion in the eyes of viewers and Buffy herself. She had given him an amulet meant to be worn by a champion, which Angel gave to Buffy after she told him to leave. During the last battle, the necklace shone rays out of Spike’s chest where his soul was. As soon as it happened Spike called out to Buffy and she ran to his side.
*Note about the amulet and Spike’s soul*- One of the last things Spike told Buffy was that he could feel his soul stating it “Kind of stings.”
Buffy: I love you.
Spike: No, you don’t. But thanks for sayin’ it.
[Spike’s final lines]
Spike: Now, go!
Spike: I wanna see how it ends.
Because of his sacrifice, Spike was deemed a champion and thought to be dead, until he appeared in season five of “Angel.”
Wes died an honorable death. He had completed his mission, but was baldy injured in the process and was unable to survive. Illyria was at his side and at his request, posed as Fred one last time.
Illyria: [Wesley has been fatally stabbed] You’ll be dead within moments.
Wes: I know.
Illyria: Would you like me to lie to you now?
Wes: Yes. Thank you, yes.
[Illyria morphs into Fred]
Wes: Hello there.
Illyria: [as Fred] Oh Wesley. My Wesley.
Wes: Fred, I’ve missed you.
Illyria: It’s gonna be okay. It won’t hurt much longer and then you’ll be where I am.
Illyria: We’ll be together.
Wes: I-I love you.
Illyria: I love you. My love. Oh, my love.
Both characters loved, lost and gained something in their time on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” I wish they had interacted more because I think they had more in common than with the other characters. I think they could have been better friends rather than just c0-workers and teammates.