I'm disturbed and nauseated by what I read. They cut off Spike's hands?! OK, I'm willing to reserve judgment and say there is a reason for this - the girl has issues, reliving her past, believing Spike was involved, blah, blah, blah.
Besides, since vampires have incredible healing ability, Fred & Co. are able to retrieve his hands, and we know W&H have mystical healers at their disposal, I'm sure by the next ep Spike will already be healing. I can even take into account that the CGI for a handless Spike for the remainder of the season is too cost prohibitive.
Still, I'm not sure I'll be able to watch those final moments. Even I'm getting sick of seeing the guy get tortured. Yeah, the other characters go through a lot of torture too. I'm just not as emotionally invested in what happens to them.
On the bright side, Andrew is back. Cool. But are we to believe he hasn't told Buffy that Spike is alive? And, if this is episode 99 of the series and Cordelia is to return in number 100, how does she fit into all this?
On an unrelated note, DB Woodside, at an appearance In Dublin this week, responded to some questions regarding season 7. I had already heard that he was supposed to be bumped off by mid season. And it's nice to hear SMG had something to do with saving his job. But the stuff about being a love interest for Buffy and his death adding to her depression? Um, yeah, sure, whatever.
So, in addition to resolving her relationship with Spike, ME considered having Buffy be romantically involved with Wood and/or Xander in the shows final year. Slut!
Seriously though, I got to love how DB Woodside and NB both in the past week have tried make out how pivotal they could have been. Get over it guys, shows over.
I think my favorite part was DB explaining that he was MIA for four episodes mid season while ME rethought the arc. Interesting, since, according to Jane Espensen, it came to her in bed one night to make Wood Nikki's son. And, from the way I understood it, that idea came to her relatively early in the season.