Buffy the Vampire Slayer: An Analysis of Willow’s dream in ‘Restless’

Continuing the analysis of ‘Restless’, it’s time to look at Willow’s dream.

The overarching theme of Willow’s dream is a theatrical one – her life is a play, she is acting, and she fears her friends seeing her for who she really is. Willow has changed a lot, particularly in Season 4 alone, though her dream serves as a reminder that on the inside she still feels like the same girl we were introduced to in Season 1.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: An Analysis of Buffy’s dream in ‘Restless’

Buffy’s Season 4 finale ‘Restless’ is one of the series most unique episodes. Breaking the trend of an explosive finale, ‘Restless’ instead shows us the dreams of each of the four core characters, and provides the best opportunity in the series to examine the characters most private thoughts and feelings.

Image from the Buffy Wikia

Image from the Buffy Wikia

The episode is crammed full of foreshadowing, symbolism, and layers of meaning. If you haven’t seen ‘Restless’ – expect to be very confused in the following paragraphs. And what are you waiting for? Go and give it a watch!

Rather than one enormous post, I’ll split up my thoughts on each of the characters dreams in to four separate posts.

Where better to start than with the most substantial dream – Buffy’s. Continue reading