30 days of BTVS, Day 6 : Most horrible death.
We’re talking about a Whedon show, so this is a tough choice. But I went with Jenny’s death.
I mean, I was devastated at Tara’s death, but by that point I was a fan of the show, and to wait for the episodes (we had them almost a year after America), I read the magazines that were full of spoilers. So I knew Tara would die even before beginning season 6. And I knew in what episode she died. So it was tough, because I loved that character, but I was prepared. Same goes for Joyce. Anya did surprise me, because I was done with reading spoilers when I watched season 7 (I actually had understood they spoiled the fun for me hum !). But her death was very fast, and at a moment when she had more or less made her peace with everybody and all that.
Jenny’s death kinda traumatized me. Once again, you have to understand, Buffy was the first good show I was watching, the first one I was really invested in. And I had no idea an important character could die in a show. So I wasn’t prepared. I remember watching the scene of her death, and thinking “that’s okay, Buffy’s coming, or there will be something preventing Angelus to kill her”. And then, he killed her, and for some seconds I was like blank, incapable of understanding what just happened.
And the episode wasn’t even over. All of it was so heart breaking. I mean, the beginning of the episode in kinda happy and full of hope. Buffy decides she can more or less forgive Jenny, Giles can too, and Jenny is even working on a spell to cure Angel. I mean, when you are not prepared, you kinda think it could be the episode that would save Angel and make Giles/Jenny happen at least !
And it is the perfect opposite. Angel(us) kills Jenny, and you know it is for real, he is a bad guy, he is a monster, and how could anyone forgive him ? And Jenny dies without having made her peace with people. Just when Giles could actually have been with her… And nobody knows about the spell. Basically, this is the worst episode ever, and it is so perfectly written,so beautiful and so sad that it is also one of my favorite. This is the moment I understood nobody was safe in a Whedon show. And it hurt.