Sunnydale was destroyed. Buffy and everyone except Anya and Spike survived the battle against The First
with the help of all of the Potentials, who had been activated--along with countless girls around the world--as actual Slayers. One of the Potentials turned up in Season Five of Angel, her superstrength having been activated into a dangerous, homicidal rage after a childhood of abuse. A sad story, an unforeseen aftereffect of Buffy's decision to activate all the potential slayers everywhere even if they weren't ready. But that episode gave us Andrew (Tom Lenk) back, which was great, and he gave us some updates on our favorite characters. Giles was worrying about the world being doomed.
Anyway, now we get season eight. And it focuses on the consequences of Buffy having activated all the slayers around the world. Which is good, because we have to learn that there are consequences for our actions, even if we have saved the world in the process.
Why am I not capitalizing this news? Because it's in comic book form. Man, as if I'm not nerdy enough, now I have to walk into a comic book store, push my glasses up on the bridge of my nose and say, "Excuse me, do you have Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 in comic book form? Joss told me it would be here..."
''We're calling it season 8,'' says Whedon, ''and we're picking up almost right after season seven left off. I don't know exactly why it or how it happened. I just thought, 'Oh, I could do that! It would be fun!' It happens to me every now and then, and causes me to commit to things I really don't have time for.'' [EW]
Man, can I relate.