Powerful Willow – Best Seasons to Watch

When it comes to a Willow who is both “helpful”, and is regarded by her friends as a “powerful witch” – these are my favourite seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

Best season to watch for

Best season to watch for “Powerful Willow” – the “Scoobie Gang Witch” – Buffy Season Five

At this time, I feel that Willows character is akin to a Willow Tree, that appears to be strong; yet unbeknown to her (and her friends), decided to grow it’s roots in “sand stone“.  At the core of the tree, there is no denying that her witchcraft is helpful to Buffy (especially when it comes to her encounters with Glory).  Yet at the leaves of the tree, does Willow appear to have gained a reputation for “spells going wrong” (especially in the eyes of Giles and Anya).  This is a fact that is overlooked, by various members of the scoobie gang, depending upon “which way the wind is blowing”.  For example, Buffy seems not to notice/care whether Willows spells can go wrong; whilst Giles and Anya are “more than happy” to go along with – when their “lives are on the line”.  Yet, at the base of the tree, does the “sand stone” make it’s presence known – for Willow is too emotional.  From a distance, does there appear to be strength in both Willows character, and her emotions; yet at close range, do we start to realise that Willow is only strong because of Tara.  This is first evidence when Glory (temporarily) destroys Tara’s mind – as Willow reacts like most lovers would (by lashing out); but with a complete lack of morals, decides to “lash out”, by resorting to Black Magic!  It is here that I started to wonder about “two things”.  The first:  how did a “computer nerd” that always “followed the rules” even consider going against the Wiccan Rede?  The second:  if Buffy had never encountered Glory (or Glory had just been, lets say, a simple vampire); would Willows character have wanted/needed to experiment with spells, that continued to grow in power so much?  My answer to both questions is essentially “the same” – it’s much more fun to be “yourself”; and like many of us, we may have (at least for a time), forgotten exactly who our “authentic self” is!  In Willows case, she liked to learn, and as “knowledge is power”, so is her witchcraft 🙂

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