The official Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20th anniversary may have been earlier this month, but the celebration is not stopping! The entire cast and creator Joss Whedon came together thanks to Entertainment Weekly, who reunited the Scooby Gang for a nostalgic cemetery photo shoot and interviews.
“This is surreal,” Whedon said about the crew's first photo shoot in over a decade. “For the most part, this is like a high school reunion but much worse because they all still look really great. I was hoping some of them would puff out a bit. But that did not take place.” Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played the badass titular character, also weighed in on the show: "I think it was the ultimate metaphor, it was utilizing the horrors of adolescence manifested through these actual monsters. And I think that everyone going through that [thinks] that's the hardest time of life and to understand you're not alone through that."
Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, James Marsters, Seth Green, Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kristine Sutherland, Alexis Denisof and Nicholas Brendon all appear in the special cast reunion. Whedon also reignited the long-discussed Angel vs. Spike debate. "Spike's kinda your guy because he actually went and got a soul because of her [Buffy]," he exclaimed. "But [Angel and Buffy]'s is the grandest love story I will ever tell."
The Buffy world will continue to live on, as Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster’s teen division) will publish a new spinoff series based on the cult show in fall 2018. Simply titled Slayer, it will be penned by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White. According to EW, the novels plan to introduce "a brand new slayer from the group of potentials that Willow used her Wicca skills to awaken in the show’s final episode."
Earlier this month, Gellar shared a lengthy Instagram post in honor of Buffy's 20th anniversary. "As an actor, you wish for that one role where you can leave your mark and forever be remembered, with Buffy I got so much more," the actress wrote. "She’s a feminist challenge to gender hierarchy. Buffy may have been the Chosen One, but I was the lucky one." 20th Century Fox also celebrated the show's birthday with a line of commemorative merchandise that includes fan items like an "I Slay" T-shirt.
For more Buffy fun, listen to this Besterday podcast episode that is dedicated to the classic show: