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{{Season
 
{{Season
|Title = Season 3
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|Title = Season 3
|Image = 3cast002.jpg
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|Image = 3cast002.jpg
|Episodes = 22
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|Episodes = 22
|Aired = September 29, 1998 - September 21 1999
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|Aired = September 29, [[1998]] September 21, [[1999]]
|Premiere = [[Anne (episode)|Anne]]
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|Premiere = "[[Anne (episode)|Anne]]"
|Finale = [[Graduation Day, Part Two]]
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|Finale = "[[Graduation Day, Part Two]]"
|Starring = <br> Main Cast:
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|Starring = '''Main cast:'''<br />
[[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers]] <br>
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[[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers]]<br />
[[Nicholas Brendon]] as [[Xander Harris]]<br>
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[[Nicholas Brendon]] as [[Alexander Harris|Xander Harris]]<br />
[[Alyson Hannigan]] as [[Willow Rosenberg]]<br>
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[[Alyson Hannigan]] as [[Willow Rosenberg]]<br />
[[Charisma Carpenter]] as [[Cordelia Chase]]<br>
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[[Charisma Carpenter]] as [[Cordelia Chase]]<br />
[[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel]]<br>
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[[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel]]<br />
[[Seth Green]] as [[Oz]]<br>
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[[Seth Green]] as [[Daniel Osbourne|Oz]]<br />
[[Anthony Stewart Head]] as [[Rupert Giles]]<br>
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[[Anthony Stewart Head]] as [[Rupert Giles]]<br />
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|previous = ''Buffy'' [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 2)|season 2]]
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|next = ''Buffy'' [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 4)|season 4]]<br />''Angel'' [[Angel (season 1)|season 1]]
 
}}
 
}}
   
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The '''third season''' of ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' originally aired on [[wikipedia:The WB|The WB]] television network from September 29, [[1998]] to September 21, [[1999]]. It was the last season before the spin-off ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]''.
==Cast==
 
[[Image:Buffy-titlecard.jpg|thumb|300px|Title card]]
 
   
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==Synopsis==
'''Principal Cast'''
 
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[[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] returns from the big city to find her friends have been battling the forces of evil without her. As she struggles to regain her mother’s and her friends’ trust, a new [[slayer]] named [[Faith Lehane|Faith]] arrives in town, quickly winning over all of Buffy’s friends. But Faith’s arrival is just the beginning of new forces Buffy must face, for a few nights later she encounters [[Angel]], who has somehow returned, feral and violent from the hellish [[demon]] [[dimension]] where Buffy had sent him. But the real demon Buffy must ultimately face is already on this side of the portal, preparing a special graduation day surprise for [[Sunnydale High]].
:In order of character appearances
 
:* [[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers]] (22/22)
 
:* [[Nicholas Brendon]] as [[Xander Harris]] (22/22)
 
:* [[Alyson Hannigan]] as [[Willow Rosenberg]] (22/22)
 
:* [[Charisma Carpenter]] as [[Cordelia Chase]] (22/22)
 
:* [[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel]] (22/22)
 
:* [[Anthony Stewart Head]] as [[Rupert Giles]] (22/22)
 
:* [[Seth Green]] as [[Oz]] (21/22) <small>(Does not appear in "[[Consequences]]")</small>
 
   
 
==Summary==
'''Regular Cast'''
 
 
Buffy returns to [[Sunnydale]] after trying to begin a new life in [[World locations|Los Angeles]] for a few months, leaving her friends to fend for themselves in the still dangerous town. Just when she begins to accept Angel’s departure, he returns from a hell after being tortured for probably centuries. The unseen mayor of Sunnydale proves to be a bad guy; indeed, mayor [[Richard Wilkins]] emerges as the major villain in the third season.
:In order of character appearances
 
:* [[Kristine Sutherland]] as [[Joyce Summers]] (16/22)
 
:* [[Eliza Dushku]] as [[Faith Lehane]] (13/22)
 
:* [[Harry Groener]] as [[Mayor Richard Wilkins]] (11/22)
 
:* [[Alexis Denisof]] as [[Wesley Wyndam-Pryce]] (9/22)
 
:* [[Armin Shimerman]] as [[Principal Snyder]] (8/22)
 
:* [[Danny Strong]] as [[Jonathan Levinson]] (7/22)
 
:* [[Emma Caulfield]] as [[Anya]] (5/22)
 
:* [[Jason Hall]] as [[Devon MacLeish]] (5/22)
 
:* [[K Todd Freeman]] as [[Mr. Trick]] (5/22)
 
:* [[Larry Bagby III]] as [[Larry Blaisdell]] (4/22)
 
:* [[Jack Plotnick]] as [[Allan Finch]] (4/22)
 
:* [[Ethan Erickson]] as [[Percy West]] (4/22)
 
:* [[Fab Filippo]] as [[Scott Hope]] (3/22)
 
:* [[Mercedes McNab]] as [[Harmony Kendall]] (3/22)
 
:* [[Saverio Guerra]] as [[Willy the Snitch]] (2/22)
 
:* [[James Lurie]] as [[Mr. Miller]] (2/22)
 
:* [[Tom Bellin]] as [[Dr. Gold]] (2/22)
 
:* [[Julia Lee]] as [[Lily Houston]]/Chanterelle (1/22)
 
:* [[Robin Sachs]] as [[Ethan Rayne]] (1/22)
 
:* [[James Marsters]] as [[Spike]] (1/22)
 
:* [[Mark Metcalf]] as [[The Master]] (1/22)
 
:* [[Robia LaMorte]] as [[The First]]/[[Jenny Calendar]] (1/22)
 
:* [[Elizabeth Anne Allen]] as [[Amy Madison]] (1/22)
 
:* [[Harris Yulin]] as [[Quentin Travers]] (1/22)
 
:* [[Andy Umberger]] as [[D'Hoffryn]] (1/22)
 
   
 
The story is complicated by the arrival of another Slayer, Faith, who had been called after [[Kendra]] was killed. Faith is an unstable, leather-clad bad-girl who had an unhappy childhood. She takes pleasure in violence and enjoys one-night stands afterwards. After accidentally killing a human being, she turns rogue and joins the evil mayor, who had built the town of Sunnydale “for demons to feed on” over a century ago. He plans to [[Ascension|ascend]] into pure demon form on graduation day, becoming much larger and more destructive than the demons Buffy is used to facing.
==Season Summary==
 
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Buffy returns to Sunnydale after trying to begin a new life in L.A. for a few months, leaving her friends to fend for themselves in the still dangerous town. Just when she begins to accept Angel's departure, he returns from a hell after being tortured for probably centuries. The unseen mayor of Sunnydale proves to be a bad guy; indeed, [[Richard Wilkins|Mayor Richard Wilkins III]] emerges as the major villain in the third season (once discovered, seasonal villains are known affectionately as the "[[Big Bad]].")
 
 
[[Wesley Wyndam-Pryce]] appeared as a [[Watcher]] to replace [[Rupert Giles|Giles]], who had failed the traditional [[Cruciamentum]] test. Though Wesley was generally inept and played mostly as a comic fop, he develops into a more heroic figure as a regular on the spin-off series ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]''. [[Jonathan Levinson|Jonathan]], who would become a major player later in the series, also reappeared while vengeance demon [[Anyanka]], who would later become a series regular, loses her power and becomes a mortal in Sunnydale.
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The season ends with Buffy having to stab Faith, putting her in a permanent coma. The Mayor ascends, but the gang blows up the school with him in it. Knowing that he has no future with Buffy, Angel leaves Sunnydale for Los Angeles and his own spin-off. Though no mention was made of it at the time, regular character [[Cordelia Chase]] made the same move.
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The main antagonists of this season were [[Richard Wilkins]] and Faith Lehane.
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==Episodes==
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{{Season3EpisodeGuide}}
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==Cast==
   
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===Main Cast===
The story is complicated by the arrival of another Slayer, [[Faith Lehane|Faith]], who was called after Kendra was killed at the end of Season Two. Faith is an unstable, leather-clad bad-girl who had an "unhappy childhood." She takes pleasure in violence and enjoys one-night stands afterwards. After accidentally killing a human being, something that is strictly forbidden for a Vampire Slayer, she turns rogue and joins the evil mayor, who had built the town of Sunnydale "for demons to feed on" over a century ago. He plans to [[Ascension|Ascend into pure demon form]] on graduation day, becoming much larger and more destructive than the demons Buffy is used to facing.
 
 
In order of character appearances:
 
*[[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers]] (22/22)
 
*[[Nicholas Brendon]] as [[Alexander Harris|Xander Harris]] (22/22)
 
*[[Alyson Hannigan]] as [[Willow Rosenberg]] (22/22)
 
*[[Charisma Carpenter]] as [[Cordelia Chase]] (22/22)
 
*[[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel]] (22/22)
 
*[[Anthony Stewart Head]] as [[Rupert Giles]] (22/22)
 
*[[Seth Green]] as [[Daniel Osbourne|Oz]] (21/22) <small>(Does not appear in "Consequences")</small>
   
 
===Regular Cast===
[[Wesley Wyndam-Pryce]] appeared as a Watcher to replace Giles, who had failed [[Cruciamentum|a traditional test]] given to the Slayer and her Watcher on her 18th birthday. Though Wesley was generally inept and played mostly as a comic fop, he develops into a more heroic figure as a regular on the spin-off series ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]''. [[Jonathan Levinson|Jonathan]], who would become a major player later in the series, also reappeared while vengeance demon [[Anya Jenkins|Anyanka]], who would later become a series regular, loses her power and becomes a mortal in Sunnydale.
 
 
In order of character appearances:
 
*[[Kristine Sutherland]] as [[Joyce Summers]] (16/22)
 
*[[Eliza Dushku]] as [[Faith Lehane]] (13/22)
 
*[[Harry Groener]] as [[Richard Wilkins|Mayor Richard Wilkins]] (11/22)
 
*[[Alexis Denisof]] as [[Wesley Wyndam-Pryce]] (9/22)
 
*[[Armin Shimerman]] as [[Principal Snyder]] (8/22)
 
*[[Danny Strong]] as [[Jonathan Levinson]] (7/22)
 
*[[Emma Caulfield]] as [[Anya Jenkins|Anya]] (5/22)
 
*[[Jason Hall]] as [[Devon MacLeish]] (5/22)
 
*[[K Todd Freeman]] as [[Mr. Trick]] (5/22)
 
*[[Larry Bagby III]] as [[Larry Blaisdell]] (4/22)
 
*[[Jack Plotnick]] as [[Allan Finch]] (4/22)
 
*[[Ethan Erickson]] as [[Percy West]] (4/22)
 
*[[Fab Filippo]] as [[Scott Hope]] (3/22)
 
*[[Mercedes McNab]] as [[Harmony Kendall]] (3/22)
 
*[[Saverio Guerra]] as [[Willy the Snitch]] (2/22)
 
*[[James Lurie]] as [[Mr. Miller]] (2/22)
 
*[[Tom Bellin]] as [[Dr. Gold]] (2/22)
 
*[[Julia Lee]] as [[Anne Steele|Lily Houston]]/Chanterelle (1/22)
 
*[[Robin Sachs]] as [[Ethan Rayne]] (1/22)
 
*[[James Marsters]] as [[Spike]] (1/22)
 
*[[Mark Metcalf]] as [[The Master]] (1/22)
 
*[[Robia LaMorte]] as [[The First Evil|The First]]/[[Jenny Calendar]] (1/22)
 
*[[Elizabeth Anne Allen]] as [[Amy Madison]] (1/22)
 
*[[Harris Yulin]] as [[Quentin Travers]] (1/22)
 
*[[Andy Umberger]] as [[D'Hoffryn]] (1/22)
   
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==Trivia==
The season ends with Buffy having to stab Faith, putting her in a permanent coma. The Mayor Ascends, but the gang blows up the school with him in it. Knowing that he has no future with Buffy, Angel leaves Sunnydale for [[Los Angeles, California|L.A.]] and his own [[Angel (series)|spin-off]]. Though no mention was made of it at the time, regular character [[Cordelia Chase]] made the same move.
 
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*This season debuted a new [[Title sequence|title card]], with the most recognizable logo for the series.
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*Despite [[Spike]]’s appearance in only one episode, he’s still featured on one of the discs in the Region 1 DVD set.
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*This is the only season of ''Buffy'' in which Angel appears in every episode. 
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*This season features the most [[vampire]] deaths of the series.
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*[[Joss Whedon]] has stated that, while [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 2)|season two]] “exceeded his expectations,” season three was “a struggle, because I was so happy with the year before. I was, like, ‘Can we do it again? Is the magic gone?’ Which is good, because you keep working really hard. Year two got so personal and strange and it got heavier than I expected it could have. We really got to go there emotionally, mostly because we had actors who could do anything, which is something we didn’t know when we started. But I would say a couple of things about third season. One, it proved that there was life after ''[[wikipedia:Romeo and Juliet|Romeo and Juliet]]''. Our goal was to keep it fresh, which we did. And we got to explore [[Faith]] and the dark side of being a [[Slayer]] and calling that whole thing into question was really exciting and the point. And knowing that we had a countdown on high school stories when we’d only been in high school for two and a half years. There was discussion of whether we should be ''[[wikipedia:Saved by the Bell|Saved by the Bell]]'' and they’re in high school forever, and the decision to have them graduate meant for the first time that we were going to get into some serious changes just in terms of the look and the feel. We also knew that Angel was going to be leaving. Knowing we had limited time to play up both high school and the Angel/[[Buffy]] romance sort of galvanized us and made us pull out all of our stops with what we could do.”<ref>Ed Gross, [http://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/buffy-vampire-slayer-turns-20-joss-whedon-looks-back/ "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Turns 20: Joss Whedon Looks Back"]. ''Empire'', March 09, 2017.</ref>
   
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==References==
==List of Episodes==
 
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{{references}}
{|width="100%"
 
|width="50%"|<ol start="1">
 
<li>"[[Anne (episode)|Anne]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Dead Man's Party]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Faith, Hope & Trick]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Beauty and the Beasts]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Homecoming]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Band Candy]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Revelations]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Lovers Walk]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[The Wish]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Amends]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Gingerbread]]"</li></ol>
 
   
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[[Category:Seasons]]
|width="50%"|<ol start="12">
 
 
[[Category:Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes]]
<li>"[[Helpless]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[The Zeppo]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Bad Girls]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Consequences]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Doppelgängland]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Enemies]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Earshot]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Choices]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[The Prom]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Graduation Day, Part One]]"</li>
 
<li>"[[Graduation Day, Part Two]]"</li></ol>
 
|}
 
[[Category:Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes| ]]
 

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The third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer originally aired on The WB television network from September 29, 1998 to September 21, 1999. It was the last season before the spin-off Angel.

Synopsis

Buffy returns from the big city to find her friends have been battling the forces of evil without her. As she struggles to regain her mother’s and her friends’ trust, a new slayer named Faith arrives in town, quickly winning over all of Buffy’s friends. But Faith’s arrival is just the beginning of new forces Buffy must face, for a few nights later she encounters Angel, who has somehow returned, feral and violent from the hellish demon dimension where Buffy had sent him. But the real demon Buffy must ultimately face is already on this side of the portal, preparing a special graduation day surprise for Sunnydale High.

Summary

Buffy returns to Sunnydale after trying to begin a new life in Los Angeles for a few months, leaving her friends to fend for themselves in the still dangerous town. Just when she begins to accept Angel’s departure, he returns from a hell after being tortured for probably centuries. The unseen mayor of Sunnydale proves to be a bad guy; indeed, mayor Richard Wilkins emerges as the major villain in the third season.

The story is complicated by the arrival of another Slayer, Faith, who had been called after Kendra was killed. Faith is an unstable, leather-clad bad-girl who had an unhappy childhood. She takes pleasure in violence and enjoys one-night stands afterwards. After accidentally killing a human being, she turns rogue and joins the evil mayor, who had built the town of Sunnydale “for demons to feed on” over a century ago. He plans to ascend into pure demon form on graduation day, becoming much larger and more destructive than the demons Buffy is used to facing.

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce appeared as a Watcher to replace Giles, who had failed the traditional Cruciamentum test. Though Wesley was generally inept and played mostly as a comic fop, he develops into a more heroic figure as a regular on the spin-off series Angel. Jonathan, who would become a major player later in the series, also reappeared while vengeance demon Anyanka, who would later become a series regular, loses her power and becomes a mortal in Sunnydale.

The season ends with Buffy having to stab Faith, putting her in a permanent coma. The Mayor ascends, but the gang blows up the school with him in it. Knowing that he has no future with Buffy, Angel leaves Sunnydale for Los Angeles and his own spin-off. Though no mention was made of it at the time, regular character Cordelia Chase made the same move.

The main antagonists of this season were Richard Wilkins and Faith Lehane.

Episodes

Template:Season3EpisodeGuide

Cast

Main Cast

In order of character appearances:

Regular Cast

In order of character appearances:

Trivia

  • This season debuted a new title card, with the most recognizable logo for the series.
  • Despite Spike’s appearance in only one episode, he’s still featured on one of the discs in the Region 1 DVD set.
  • This is the only season of Buffy in which Angel appears in every episode. 
  • This season features the most vampire deaths of the series.
  • Joss Whedon has stated that, while season two “exceeded his expectations,” season three was “a struggle, because I was so happy with the year before. I was, like, ‘Can we do it again? Is the magic gone?’ Which is good, because you keep working really hard. Year two got so personal and strange and it got heavier than I expected it could have. We really got to go there emotionally, mostly because we had actors who could do anything, which is something we didn’t know when we started. But I would say a couple of things about third season. One, it proved that there was life after Romeo and Juliet. Our goal was to keep it fresh, which we did. And we got to explore Faith and the dark side of being a Slayer and calling that whole thing into question was really exciting and the point. And knowing that we had a countdown on high school stories when we’d only been in high school for two and a half years. There was discussion of whether we should be Saved by the Bell and they’re in high school forever, and the decision to have them graduate meant for the first time that we were going to get into some serious changes just in terms of the look and the feel. We also knew that Angel was going to be leaving. Knowing we had limited time to play up both high school and the Angel/Buffy romance sort of galvanized us and made us pull out all of our stops with what we could do.”[1]

References

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