Okay, one last article related to the recent Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20th Anniversary Reunion, then it’s back to the 21st Century for good—I promise! To recap, Joss Whedon reunited with the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, to reflect on the groundbreaking series’ 20-year legacy. It was an event the showrunner likened to a high school reunion but worse because “they all still look really great!” You can see the reunion in its entirety on People’s PEN network, HERE.
One of the few less-than-touchy-feely moments came when actress Emma Caulfield read her “Eulogy to Anya”. Anya Jenkins, introduced in Season 3, quickly became a fan favorite and an integral component of the Scooby Gang. Though she rose and fall at various points throughout the series (most notably an emotionally devastating fling with Spike), she redeemed herself and, ultimately, sacrificed herself to save her friends. While it was powerful, her death was forgotten rather quickly.
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Hence, Caulfield’s eulogy to the character she played:
Today we honor our fallen hero, ANYA. No made-up maiden name, no married name, no middle names, just ANYA. Though she was not an advocate for a single name moniker in life, it is this writer’s belief that ANYA would welcome the single-name diva status in death. ANYA was ahead of her time, not only as a soul, but also as a style icon.
She began her life as a deceptively simple human. By all accounts, she was a loving wife, a fastidious homemaker, and a passionate animal lover. After a deep betrayal by both her man and her pet rabbits, she shifted effortlessly into a world class demon. After a millennia as a righteous punisher, ANYA’s power was lost to her forever. She was human, again. For the last time. Except for that one time she became a demon, again, because BETRAYAL! But once more, with feeling, her powers were taken. It was then that she finally stuck the landing as a human, and scored a 10 by a panel of invisible judges. (Go with it.)
Throughout her incarnations, ANYA experimented with dozens of hair statements. Never at any time did she ask for the opinions of others (nor permission from the producers). She was a renegade with her own philosophy, everyday people like you and me, come on. She was a glitter-filled rainbow, who sprinkled forever-honest fairy dust on friends and foes alike.
Though she died without much fanfare (like, ‘Oh well, Anya’s dead, later!), her courage, her legacy, her selflessness lives on. And that gives me something to sing about.
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Check out a few of our favorite Anya moments below.