Spike and Giles parallels : Something blue , restless and tabula rasa
“By the end of the series, every one of the core Scoobies has lost a significant other to death: the oldest, Giles, goes first, losing Jenny Calendar in Season Two; Season Six brings the death of Tara, and Anya and Spike die in the last episode of the series.
This is not, however, the complete story. Consider further the concluding relationships of the couples. Xander and Anya… clearly forgive each other and make their peace. They both fight evil in the last battle of Sunnydale. Willow and Tara reconcile… and in the end, Willow achieves the self-acceptance and power that Tara would have wished for her. At the point of [Spike’s] self-sacrificial death, Buffy is able to tell him she loves him; for his part, he has been able to provide her with the self-confidence that allows her to share her power. In this world, the only certain source of happiness is not romance but virtue. Though Buffy thoroughly combusts the institution of the Hollywood happy ending, it shows a way to make a good end.” - Rhonda Wilcox, Why Buffy Matters
Spike: Found Ben’s room at Glory’s. Didn’t learn much.
Xander: Wait - Ben? At Glory’s? You’re saying that all this time he was sub-letting from her?
Spike: This is gonna be worth it.
How long was I gone?
Joyce’s death 5x17 // intervention 5x18