Buffy the Vampire Slayer kills a classic Scooby Gang member

An important member of the main cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has just been assassinated and sparked a potentially important new development for the Scoobies.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer # 24 by Jeremy Lambert, Ramon Bahs, Raul Angulo, and Ed Dukeshire, on sale now.

The modern Buffy the Vampire Slayer The comic has made some serious changes to the canon of the original Buffyverse, giving new character arcs and speeding up some key transformations. However, one of the more radical departures from the original series has just gone even further from established tradition, which could establish another. important turn for an important member of the original cast of the story.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer # 24 Just Killed Xander, Again. But given the circumstances surrounding this disappearance, this really could finally be the end of this vampire version of the character.

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In the original continuity, Xander became a constant friend and ally of Buffy and a pivotal member of the Scoobies, the informal term for Sunnydale’s group of evil-fighting heroes. However, the modern incarnation of the character has had a much harsher experience. As a much more mocking and dejected version of the character, Xander was eventually drawn into the night by Drusilla and bitten by the vampire. Drusilla intended for her to die, only for Spike to share some of her blood, which started her transformation into a vampire. But Willow was able to sacrifice half her soul to stop the complete transformation and instead turn Xander into a half vampire.

Xander used his newfound abilities to help the Scoobies for a time before the events of the “Hellmouth” crossover forced him to sacrifice this bond and cause his soul to fade. While his friends initially believed this resulted in his death, it only ensured that Xander’s fully vampiric form could finally rise up. Quickly establishing himself as Sunnydale’s new “Big Bad”, Xander tried to manipulate things to reunite with his “best friend.” But their efforts only resulted in more chaos, from the events of Buffy the Vampire Slayer # 24. As Buffy tries to help Willow control her darker mystical urges, Xander finds himself in the courtyard at Sunnydale High confronting Faith. Xander proves to be a capable enough fighter to keep her at bay, even biting her before Kendra arrives to help him and force him back.

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But when Willow descends into the courtyard, seemingly regaining control of herself, Xander becomes too distracted for a moment. Faith takes the opportunity to drive a stake through his back, causing Xander to turn to dust and ashes as he approaches Willow once more. This appears to be the end of the vampire Xander, as there are few ways to reverse the total destruction of his body. While the series is full of magic and resurrections, this seems (on the surface at least) to be a pretty final destination for this version of Xander. But Willow, consumed by her grief, quickly opens a portal to try to find him, causing many of the Scoobies to be dragged into alternate dimensions.

Perhaps there is a chance that Willow finds Xander, or at least another reality version of him, which could result in her returning him to her universe or at least accepting the loss of her Xander. It also marks the third time Xander has been “killed” on the show, effectively making him the Kenny McCormick of this Buffyverse. But even her last moments in Sunnydale could be a tease for dark things to come, and some of her last words would be a warning to Faith that the Scoobies would inevitably turn on her. With her murder of Xander, there is likely additional drama with the other teens, which could lead this version of Faith down a path similar to her original incarnation, where she ended up striking out on her own.

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