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In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Halfrek is a vengeance demon who, like Anyanka, was the property of D'Hoffryn.

In the Season 6 episode "Older and Far Away", Spike and Halfrek find themselves in Buffy's house at the same time. Halfrek calls Spike by his human name, William. The Scooby Gang are surprised at this, but Spike and Halfrek refuse to comment.

Halfrek is played by the same actress (Kali Rocha) who played Cecily, the object of William's affection when he was still human in England, and so that seems to be their connection, i.e. it is implied that Cecily and Halfrek are one and the same. (This was actually confirmed in the commentary for the Season 7 episode "Selfless" — thanks @Richard for pointing this out!)

Question: Is there an explanation (e.g. by Joss Whedon himself or in the comic books) as to why Spike did not query Halfrek further about her life since their time in 19th Century England?

Given Spike's underlying sentimental nature (even in the face of repeated heartbreak), it seems out of character for him not to take a more direct interest in what has become of Cecily.

  • More than just implied. Confirmed in the season 7 commentary for the episode "Selfless". – Valorum Feb 28 '15 at 20:19
  • @Richard : That's good to know --- thanks for confirming! I'll fold this into the question. – Praxis Feb 28 '15 at 20:35
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    The out of universe reason seems to be because they hadn't yet decided whether Halfrek would officially be Cecily. By leaving it open, they gave themselves some wiggle room to use the same actress but not have to worry about back-story. – Valorum Feb 28 '15 at 21:34
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    "i.e. it is implied that Cecily became the demon later known as Halfrek." No, what I heard was that she already was the demon Halfrek, and attended that party (where she rejected William) in order to curse someone. – Andrew Thompson Feb 28 '15 at 23:44
  • @AndrewThompson: Do you have a source? As Richard and I have both mentioned, there is nothing in the episodes themselves that explicitly says that Halfrek is Cecily. Are you getting this from the "Selfless" commentary? – Praxis Feb 28 '15 at 23:57
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Although we don't see him reacting at the time of their first encounter in "Older and Far Away" (something that's hardly surprising given how short a time they were in contact and his extreme shock at finding out that the girl he thought was dead nearly 150 years ago, is in fact a vengeance demon), the simple fact is that he appears to have moved on emotionally.

When they're next in contact (in Buffy : Hell's Bells) he makes no effort whatsoever to speak to her although he's apparently given considerable thought to what impression he wants to make on Buffy.

As D'Hoffryn gently tugs Halfrek away, SPIKE and his date, A SKANKY GOTH GIRL approach.

DAWN : Spike.

SPIKE : Like you to meet my date.

DAWN : Hi. I'm Dawn.

SKANKY GOTH GIRL : Uh-huh.

They shake hands. There's an awkward moment of silence.

SPIKE : So, yeah. Anyway, that's my date. She's with me. My date for the wedding.

Dawn has no idea why he's making such a big deal.

DAWN : Yeah. Okay. Well, nice meeting you.

later...

SPIKE : Happy occasion. You meet my friend?

BUFFY : Haven't met. She seems like a very nice attempt at making me jealous.

SPIKE : Is it working?

  • though -> thought – Faheem Mitha Oct 2 '15 at 23:48
  • @FaheemMitha - If you spot an error, why not use the "edit" button to correct it? Not only is it a good way to improve posts, but you get a rep bonus for doing it too! :-) – Valorum Oct 3 '15 at 6:42
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    Sigh. There's a 6 character lower limit on edits. Which is apparently not widely know. Believe me, if I could edit it, I would. And yes, I know about the 2 rep bonus. – Faheem Mitha Oct 3 '15 at 7:58
  • Incidentally, I think I'm missing some context. What is the significance of the meeting with Dawn? – Faheem Mitha Oct 3 '15 at 8:00
  • @faheemmitha - It demonstrates his utter disinterest in Halfrek. – Valorum Oct 3 '15 at 9:50

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