Will Ben Edlund be writing for Season 9?
I have not approached Ben about this, but if I can get Ben in any of my houses at any point, I want him in my house. Wonderful guy… and an amazing singer. What? Yeah. No actually, Ben is a guy—there is no other way to put this— we hate. Because, while he’s pitching great ideas for Angel, he’s drawing real amazing drawings and he’s just leaving on the table, and then going into his office and playing guitar beautifully and singing. And we’re like, come on! Leave us something! That guy’s crazy. He is actually crazy, but in a talent way.
On both Buffy & Angel, the seventh episode of each season seems to be the most significant – was that deliberate?
It was based on the fact that the seventh episode would be the second one that I could direct. And I would save all the goodies for myself, as often as I could. It’s not kind of me, but there it is.
Which character stand-alones would you write?
Well, if I knew what I would write, I would have written it. I am not positive. Obviously, Willow has a journey to go through, that is very much her own. Illyria is near and dear to my hear. And the Kennedy/Riley book is going to be probably the most popular of our series. There are a lot. It’s hard. I am sort of deeply in love with all of these characters. And I could give them all solos. There are few I’d like to see highlighted. Some of them are dead, but how often has that stopped me?
In the future of the Buffyverse, will there be stories that make Dawn a stronger character?
Well, I’m not going to turn her into a superhero. She is going to be going on her own life’s journey and having her own identity and not just being a little sister any more, which is going to become increasingly problematic for Buffy. But I don’t think of Dawn as a particularly weak character. I think we all know that she might have complained once or twice on the show. I always felt that she had more reason to complain than almost any teenagers I knew, but wanted to play more variations with her character than I got to. I don’t think of her as weak, though, I think she’s very much in a way Buffy’s greatest support system right now, and you’ll be seeing that to an extent in Season 9…
So I don’t know if you’ll consider her to be strong or not. It’s not an agenda, like it was with Cordelia, where we wanted to do the same thing we did with Wesley, where we take somebody you thought of as bumbling or superficial and build them up into something extraordinary. Dawn is for me a touchstone of the non-extraordinary, which is why she and Xander are together, because they feel more like me: dull… and whiny.
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