Buffy Summers has a nightmare in which she’s fighting Caleb in a circular stone chamber. Angel and Spike appears but, instead of paying attention to her, the two begin making out. The preacher then proceeds to marry her to Warren, while Buffy’s excited for being a bride. In the ceremony, Tara blames her for her death, attended various villains both fictional and from her past.
Awaken, Xander asks if she’s sleeping any better, to which Buffy answers: “Everybody dies always.”
- Buffy mentions leaving Caleb in a smoking crater, in reference to his death and Sunnydale's destruction in "Chosen"
- Buffy dreams of Spike recalling she left him in the lurch ("Chosen"), and Angel recalling she left him in a Acathla's dimension ("Becoming, Part Two").
- Buffy dreams of Tara blaming her for her death, bearing the same bullet wound from "Seeing Red".
- As the vision in Anywhere but Here, the nightmare is another foreshadow of the upcoming decisive event in this room, the Seed of Wonder’s chamber: Giles’s death and the end of magic in Last Gleaming, Part Four.
- While separating a fight between Angel and Spike (Last Gleaming, Part Four), Buffy will say she preferred when they were kissing, in reference to the nightmare in this story.
- When Buffy has a nightmare in Last Gleaming, Part Five, Dawn asks if it's “the one where Angel and Spike get it awwn,” also in reference to the one she has in this story.
- Buffy Summers
- Caleb (Only in visions)
- Spike (Only in visions)
- Angel (Only in visions)
- Warren Mears (Only in visions)
- Tara Maclay (Only in visions)
- Xander Harris
- Willow Rosenberg (Only in visions)
- Clem (Only in visions)
- Sweet (Only in visions)
- Vampy Cat (Only in visions)
- The Judge (Only in visions)
Organizations and titles
- Sunnydale (Only in visions)
- The Church (Order of Aurelius) (Only in visions)
Behind the scenes
- Always Darkest was originally published in MySpace/Dark Horse Presents issue #24.
- This story is available for reading at Dark Horse Comics website.
- "MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 4"
- "Season 8 Library Edition, Volume 1"
- "Buffy Season 8 Omnibus, Volume 1"
Pop culture references
- The singer Elvis Presley and the fictional character Frankenstein’s monster attends Buffy’s wedding in her dream.
- French: Ténèbres Éternelles (Eternal Darkness)