We're fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer here, you may have gathered, but no doubt all those who watched the hit show will have noticed that it shifted gear quite a bit in season six, in that it was depressing as all hell.
Buffy was all miserable after being brought back from the dead, those annoying nerd villains called The Trio were wrecking everyone's head, Xander went and left a heartbroken Anya at the altar and on a darker note, Spike pretty much tried to rape Buffy and they killed off Tara. They did have the musical episode, but Buffy also cut her hair and had to work in a grim fast food restaurant, so that countered that.
Sarah Michelle Gellar has been chatting a lot about the show recently, given that Buffy marks its twentieth anniversary this year, and told Entertainment Weekly that season six was her least favourite season. She put it down to not having the show's creator Joss Whedon around so much, who had passed on showrunner duties to Marti Noxon to focus on other projects, although he did remain on as an executive producer.
"I've always said that season 6 was not my favourite," Gellar said. "I felt it betrayed who she was. Even just getting to talk to Joss and be able to get his opinion was not as easy when he's not upstairs.
"He had three shows. He had Angel and Firefly so that was hard. But he made sure to dedicate the time to season 7 and that was his promise to me: that we would right all the wrongs and he kept that promise."
Whedon, however, said that he was a big fan of the season and Spike and Buffy getting together, saying: "I love season 6. Marti and I wanted to talk about an unhealthy relationship. It was borderline abusive until it actually became abusive," he explained.
"It was on both sides. It wasn't just that she was with someone dark – she found the darkness within herself. This has to do with the consequences of power."
Yeah... sorry Joss, but we're with Buffy on this one.