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1. How do you see Spike and Buffy's relationship playing out?
Awkward denials of there being anything between them, leading up to a finale that shows us the first steps towards a real romantic relationship. That way, if the series continues they can build on it the following season. Or if the series ends, it'll be left open to speculation on whether they end up together. S/B'ers can reasonably believe they did and B/A'ers can think whatever they want without anything to contradict them.

2. How do you see Willow and Kennedy's relationship playing out?
I see some flirting, maybe some tentative steps towards romance or even an affair, but I don't see an actual "love" declaration or anything serious happening in the next 11 episodes.

3. How do you see Xander and Anya's relationship playing out?
I think there's still a deep affection between them, but I don't think they'll ever go back to being anything but friends. I can see Anya deciding she needs to go somewhere else and start a new life for herself. One that doesn't include constantly battling the forces of evil.

4. Who will be the Slayer by the end of episode 22?
Hmm. I have two thoughts on this. They both involve Buffy remaining the Slayer at the end.
My first thought is that maybe the "weakness" in the Slayer line is due to the power being spread between two girls instead of one. Perhaps, there'll be some way to concentrate that power into just one person if one of the two Slayers dies. I really don't see Buffy being killed *again*, so I think Faith will die and Buffy will be the Chosen *One* again. She can still function as an active Slayer and teach the potentials what's she's learned, so that when she does die, they'll have learned from an actual Slayer, instead of some stuffy British guys who've never really been able to understand what being a Slayer is like.
Or there'll still be two Slayers. Faith will die. Buffy will take the new Slayer under her wing and teach her the ropes. I don't think it will be Kennedy, though. It just seems so obvious right now that's she wants to be the Slayer. I think it'll be a potential who hasn't shown up yet.

5. What will Robin Wood do?
I think he'll end up a decent guy. He may have some secrets and some difficult choices to make, but in the end I think he'll come through on the side of good.
Or, like my original theory after Lessons aired, he could just be swallowed up by the hellmouth under his office.

6. Will Giles be revealed to be the First?
No. Originally, I thought maybe he had been injured and was somehow astrally projecting himself to Sunnydale, but now I think we're just being messed with. At some point, there might be an episode where the Scoobies become suspicious and we'll find out he's really ok. Or maybe he isn't and my first thought is correct. Either way, I don't believe he's any kind of evil.

7. Who else will the First appear as?
Joyce - in an obvious way, meaning there'd be no doubt on anyone's part that it was the FE and not a ghost or spirit of some kind. Possibly Kendra or the First Slayer. I could see the FE using former Slayers to taunt Buffy.
I also think we'll see the FE take the forms of the Master, Jonathan, Warren and Buffy again.

8. Will Andrew survive the season?

9. Will the visions of Joyce be revealed to be hallucinations, or Helpful Ghosts, or manifestations of the First?
I change my mind daily on this, but right at this moment I think the "Joyce" who appeared to Dawn in CwDP was the First. I think Buffy's vision of Joyce, since it was while she was sleeping, was just part of Buffy's subconscious.

10. Will any former villains appear again?
Only as manifestations of the First.

11. Will Real Drusilla appear again?

12. Will Spike end the series as vampire, human, dust, or hybrid?

13. Will any of the Scoobies go evil again?
No. At least not for more than 1 episode.

14. Will we see Tara again?

15. What will bring Faith to Sunnydale?
Slayer dreams.

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