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[[Category:Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes]]
[[Category:Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes]]

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Principal Cast

In order of character appearances

Regular Cast

In order of character appearances

Season Summary

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, Mayor Richard Wilkins III emerges as the major villain in the third season (once discovered, seasonal villains are known affectionately as the "Big Bad.")

The story is complicated by the arrival of another Slayer, Faith, who was called after Kendra was killed at the end of Season Two. Faith is a 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 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 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. 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 L.A. and his own spin-off. Though no mention was made of it at the time, regular character Cordelia Chase made the same move.

List of Episodes

  1. "Anne"
  2. "Dead Man's Party"
  3. "Faith, Hope & Trick"
  4. "Beauty and the Beasts"
  5. "Homecoming"
  6. "Band Candy"
  7. "Revelations"
  8. "Lovers Walk"
  9. "The Wish"
  10. "Amends"
  11. "Gingerbread"
  1. "Helpless"
  2. "The Zeppo"
  3. "Bad Girls"
  4. "Consequences"
  5. "Doppelgängland"
  6. "Enemies"
  7. "Earshot"
  8. "Choices"
  9. "The Prom"
  10. "Graduation Day, Part One"
  11. "Graduation Day, Part Two"
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