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INTERVIEW: Joss Whedon Teases Buffy's Surprising End & Dr. Horrible's Return

A running thread through the comics has been the idea that Buffy was in high school and into young adulthood in the show, this story has been all about the transition from young adult to adult adult. Between the baby and the maturation of a lot of relationships, did you want to leave addressing whether Buffy's fully grown up?

Yeah, that is the question. That's the eternal question with her. Where does she fit into this world? Is she ever going to follow a pattern as most people do, or is she going to live a life that doesn't really pan out for someone into middle age? We're not looking to answer the question, but we are looking to say "Here's where she is now." It will be the conclusion she's come to that can give her some kind of understanding to say "I know who I am now."

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The 20s is a hard time to write about. I feel like Friends is actually underrated for its mythologizing of being in your 20s. How I Met Your Mother is the same kind of thing. There's a story to be told about who don't know what the fuck they're doing yet. Most of our stories are about the adolescent right of passage into adulthood, or they're, "Oh, shit. I'm an adult, and I've got all these problems." To crack the middle is really interesting. That's what we were looking at in all of this. It was, "Let's see if I can go to college for as long as Peter Parker did."

The last piece of the series is the Fray piece of it. That's an original element from Dark Horse that's colliding back with the here and now. Did you want to address that because as a pure comics thing, it can maybe be a bit more dangerous in terms of a finish?

Yeah. It's nice to be able to say that I can actually mess with that. The whole question that arose from my ignorance was "Are we creating the Fray future, or are we stopping it from happening?" And honestly, Fray was my first comic, and I wrote it because I thought "I kind of have to do a slayer comic, don't I?" I didn't really know that I could do whatever I wanted to. [Laughs] But I set it 300 years in the future, thinking, "That can't possibly affect the show!" And then, I'm an idiot, so it took me a while to realize that there's something we can do with this dystopian thing hanging out there. What can we do with that? It was a nice place to say "Nobody's safe."

I don't know what's going to happen with [Fray], actually. I mean, legally. I heard about all of this after the fact. It's like Disney taking Star Wars over to Marvel. All the sudden we realize this is happening. So I'm writing this from a position that will leave everybody in a position where you feel some closure, but it's definitely not, "Oh, I now I wont' ever want to read about them again."

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