In a recent AAA post, I honored the 25th anniversary of the premiere of perhaps my favorite TV series of all time, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and opined at the article’s close about how much I missed seeing the show. Well, the syndication gods have smiled upon me, and just months later, “Buffy” retuned from the celluloid undead to brighten the screen via Comet TV. As faithful readers of this site will remember, October usually brings at least one horror-or-Halloween-related article, but after five years, I was running out of ideas. There didn’t seem the ghost of a chance that I’d find a suitable topic, and then my replay of “Buffy” paid off in a snippet I could sink my teeth into: birth data from the tombstone of a major character.
The character in question is that of Tara Maclay, a witchy-wise college coed brought in as a love interest for newly-lesbian Willow, in season four. A common love of spellcraft brought them together, and their three-season romance was one of TV’s earliest ongoing depictions of same-sex relationships, cast in a positive light. Tara met her tragic end as season six closed, at the hands of geek criminal mastermind Warren Mears, who had been plaguing Buffy and the so-called Scooby Gang ever since she came back from the dead (you had to be there).