When BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER premieres on the UPN TV network, it will have one major point to deal with... its title character is dead. While appearing at this week's TV critics gathering in Los Angeles, series creator Joss Whedon spoke of the challenge ahead.
Don't expect a DALLAS-like situation to happen. That notorious instance involved bringing back Patrick Duffy's character to the series after the role had been deep-sixed, literally. That series resolved the situation by ending the season with Duffy's character coming out of a shower very much alive, and explaining that the whole season without him having been a dream of his wife (played by Victoria Principal).
Regarding that situation related to BUFFY, Whedon says, "DALLAS was lame. This is something I've actually dealt with before, in the ALIEN series." Whedon is referring to the fourth film in the series, for which he wrote the script, where it became necessary to find a way to revive the very dead Ellen Ripley. They cloned her.
Don't expect that to happen either, as Whedon says, "When you bring somebody back to life, you have a lot of disbelievers. You have to, as always, make the characters feel the way the audience does. You have to just get in there and make it very visceral.
"It's not going to be simple. It's not going to be a dream sequence. It's not going to be a cheat. We did this knowing that we were going to have to bring her back and that we were going to have to do it legitimately, with integrity."
Whedon also touched upon the whole Slayer dying to be replaced by another by saying there won't be another new slayer, adding, "That line now runs through Faith," who is very much alive.