New season. New rules. The age-old battle of Slayer vs. vampire is the focus of Buffy’s life once again — it’s downright nostalgic! But with all the toying with magic she’s done lately, this girl should know it’s time for another game change… Shouldn’t she?
The Scoobies are back — including li’l Giles! Revelations about a new kind of vampire menace and the blank Vampyr book have only just begun. Everyone has a job to do, and for Buffy, it’s treading the road of past relationships! Lucky girl…
Actor Nicholas Brendon joins the creative team as his character Xander acquires help from his old friend — um, master — Dracula. The new vampires are still a mystery, and unquestionably similar to Drac… Meanwhile, Buffy and Willow track down one of those new vampires as a study specimen!
Getting help from Dracula seemed like a good idea, until he stole the Vampyr book — and Xander! Now Buffy, Spike, Dawn, Willow, and Giles must save Xander and retrieve the book before it’s too late. Dracula has already begun to study how the lack of magical rules can work in his favor…
The Sunnydale homecoming becomes less than fun as Buffy, Spike, and Willow realize that Andrew is in over his head with the Vampyr rules book and a terrible plan, and the demon they’re up against has a grudge against Slayers and a penchant for eating souls . . .
With the responsibility of writing new rules in the Vampyr book, Buffy and crew are literally the bosses of all magic — but as more baddies learn who has the power, protecting the book is becoming a full-time job!.
With the magical side of things momentarily under control, Buffy and crew have a chance to deal with their personal lives: things heat up between Xander and Dawn, young Giles is visited by an old flame, Andrew introduces some new friends, and the Slayer is totally set for round one of speed dating! Then the bad guy shows up.
Some suspiciously supernatural murders have Spike, Xander, Willow, and Giles in a conundrum. They have to talk to Buffy, but there’s something about the killer they’re pretty sure she’s not going to like… Meanwhile, Andrew gets some relationship advice from Buffy!
After discovering that the powerful demon Archaeus has deep connections to both Spike and Angel, Buffy invites her former beau for a visit. Things are awkward, and everyone is behaving just a little juvenile — but in order to beat the threat Archaeus brings, the team is going to have to overcome the past.
Tensions are on the rise as the gang goes in search of an ancient enemy — Archaeus. Split into teams, Angel and Xander are able to connect over themes of betrayal and love lost, while Buffy pushes Spike to keep his insecurities in check. But they quickly discover there are much more dangerous things to battle as they close in on the demon lord.
Called in for a supernatural-crimes case, Buffy and Spike discover an incubus demon is targeting women in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Xander and Giles work on an exorcism that stirs up some questions about Ghost Anya.
Demon invasions are becoming a worldwide threat, and Buffy is tasked with convincing the vampire community that they should help fight the invasions. But to win them over, Buffy and Spike have to triumph in one-on-one battles with the finest vampires around — and Harmony is organizing the event!
Willow’s loyalties to Buffy are questioned when she makes a decision behind the Slayer’s back… Are the besties growing apart? Also unknown to Buffy, Spike has a conversation with an old friend that leads him to question the patterns of his relationship with Buffy.
The Sculptor makes a tempting offer to Andrew that requires a smidgen of Buffy betrayal. But the potential gains seem too good to pass up. Will Andrew go evil, or will Buffy need to keep the former ne’er-do-well in check to ease the tension among the Scoobies?
As new jobs, new relationships, and new priorities arise, the Scoobies’ personal feuds are becoming a big issue for the team. When the trail of the Restless Door leads to the Demon Lord’s hideout, the Mistress takes advantage of their discord and presents the team with a terrible decision that could tear them apart.
Defeating the demon lords has been priority one for Buffy and team — to stop the continual opening of portals to dangerous demon dimensions… Suddenly there is a new priority one: closing a portal — and one portal in particular. Will the team be lost?
The Scoobies are falling apart — and so is the world they are trying to save. While demon lords are still on the loose, Buffy has become distracted, and a bit enraged, by another crisis that is affecting those closest to her…
While Dawn and Xander are trapped in another dimension, Buffy, Willow, and Giles are deal with betrayal from the Magic Council, the faerie folk, and the military — no surprise there — all while trying to keep peace among themselves.
Xander and Dawn take on an incredible journey of dimension hopping, trying their best to return home. Meanwhile, things are bad between Buffy and all the Scoobies… Think the world can learn to look out for itself?
While slaying the zompires that have overrun a small California town, Buffy and her pals are shocked to discover a new kind of vampire: harder to kill, able to transform and walk in the light of day — like Dracula… If that weren’t enough, the rules of magic are literally being rewritten. While the crew attempts to find out exactly what this means and restore the status quo, Xander is the victim of a haunting as his relationship with Dawn crumbles.
Buffy and her crew get their fight on against the new vampires and take a trip to Sunnydale, where Andrew is up to his good/bad/old tricks again. And everyone is tempted by what the new rules of magic can do for them… just like the Big Bads who have come knocking on Buffy’s door!
The romantic scene for Buffy and friends amps up in unexpected ways. But personal lives are soon put aside to deal with demons, both real and intangible. Spike struggles with vivid dreams of murder, and Buffy journeys into his mind, discovering the terrifying new face of evil.
Buffy needs serious backup. With an ultimate Big Bad, Archaeus, connected to so many from the Slayer’s past, she’s calling in reinforcements — and saying to hell with the awkward consequences. As the gang get closer to Archaeus, the extent of his plans and their connection to the new rules of magic are revealed.
Demon invasions wreak havoc worldwide when an interdimensional portal lands in the wrong hands — those of the Mistress, the Sculptor, and the Soul Glutton. As new threats pour into the streets, Buffy and her closest allies find their paths diverging: Willow gets a serious job, Xander and Ghost Anya grow perilously close, Andrew is tempted by evil, and Buffy and Spike continue to work at making their relationship, well, work. And as the real and supernatural worlds collide, Dawn is forced to make a life-altering decision.
The team is splintered after a confrontation with the Soul Glutton and the Mistress. As Buffy tries to bring the team together, insecurities plague her relationship with Spike. To make matters worse, a new Big Bad makes a move to capture the Vampyr book! Buffy must trust in herself to make the right choice and bear the burden of protecting the book from the monsters who wish to abuse it.
Buffy and the Scoobies are shocked to discover another new kind of vampire: harder to kill, able to transform, and walk in the light of day — like Dracula. If that weren’t enough, the rules of magic are literally being rewritten in the Vampyr book, making it a highly coveted item. As the crew feels the responsibility of protecting the book and writing the new rules, they are tempted by what new rules can do for them… just like the Big Bads who have come knocking on Buffy’s door!
The romantic scene for Buffy and her friends has amped up in unexpected ways, but personal lives are soon put aside to deal with demons. Spike’s vivid dreams of murder lead to the discovery of the terrifying new face of evil, Archaeus. As the Scoobies zero in on the Big Bad, the extent of his power and his plans are revealed, and Buffy must figure out how to keep her alive friends alive, and her undead friends… undead.
A powerful portal-creating artifact has fallen into the hands of a trio of demons. While fighting the Big Bads, Dawn and Xander are swept into another dimension. Buffy and crew, struggling to come together, likewise struggle to get them back… Matters get worse when an unexpected fourth Big Bad is out to steal the magic rulebook at the same time!
Behind the Scenes
Christos Gage has stated about the theme of this season: “[Now our heroes are in] that point in all our lives when we have to decide what we’re going to do, and really come to terms with the fact that we are responsible for the decisions we make, how they affect us and others. No one is holding your hand. You may not be ready, but you have to put on your grownup pants and try to act like an adult, even if you don’t feel like one. That happens in our story both in the more universal aspects of jobs, relationships, finding a place to live, etc., but then we give it that Buffy spin by making our characters responsible for The Rules Of Magic. If you screw this up, the consequences could be huge, and horrible, you’ll have ruined everything, and it’ll be all your fault. I think we have all felt that way at one point or another. It’s a life stage when you look back, then look forward, and decide on those first big steps that will determine the rest of your life.”