HI, I’M BUFFY SUMMERS, AND THIS IS MY LOVER SATSU
In the 12th issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic book series, released this week, it was revealed that Buffy slept with a woman ((Thanks to the dozens of AE readers who wrote in to alert me to this news!). You should definitely check out the whole issue — it’s a good one! — but for you impatient types, here are the relevant panels, in which Buffy wakes up in bed with a fellow slayer named Satsu who had recently confessed her love for Buffy:
I loved Buffy’s comment, "I didn’t get a lot of prep time here, and I think that should be taken into consideration before final grades are given." It sounds so her.
In an interview with the New York Times about this revelation (Sidebar: Can you believe this actually made the New York Times?), Whedon made it clear that this revelation doesn’t mean Buffy’s gay now, or even bisexual-identified.
"We’re not going to make her gay, nor are we going to take the next 50 issues explaining that she’s not," Whedon told the Times. "She’s young and experimenting, and did I mention open-minded?" So basically, she’s just like the rest of the straight women out there these days, it seems. (For more analysis on this turn of events and if/how it makes sense in the context of the Buffyverse, read this interesting blog post I came across).
Whedon told the Times he was already imaging the humorous situation this could create with Willow (Buffy’s lesbian best friend), suggesting, "Willow might be defensive about it: ‘Well, I didn’t want to sleep with you anyway.’"
Heh. I like how Joss thinks. But forget Willow for a moment — how jealous is Faith going to be when she finds out?