We are living in an age of TV show revivals. By the end of this month, Night Court will even be back on the air. But don’t get your hopes up for a revival of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that would bring Sarah Michelle Gellar back in the title role. While speaking with SFX Magazine (via Movieweb), Gellar said she wouldn’t want to play Buffy ever again.
When asked if she’s interested in reprising the role, Gellar answered, “I’m not. I am very proud of the show that we created and it doesn’t need to be done. We wrapped that up. I am all for them continuing the story, because there’s the story of female empowerment. I love the way the show was left: ‘Every girl who has the power can have the power.’ It’s set up perfectly for someone else to have the power. But like I said, the metaphors of Buddy were the horrors of adolescence. I think I look young, but I am not an adolescent.“
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for a total of seven seasons and 144 episodes, beginning in 1997 and wrapping up in 2003. Buffy.Fandom provides the following description of the show:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in serialized format, with each episode involving a self-contained story while contributing to a larger storyline, broken down into season-long narratives marked by the rise and defeat of a powerful antagonist, commonly referred to as the Big Bad. While the show is mainly a drama with frequent comic relief, most episodes are a blend of different genres, including horror, martial arts, romance, melodrama, farce, science fiction, comedy, and even, in one episode, musical comedy.
The series’ narrative revolves around Buffy and her friends, the Scooby Gang, who struggle to balance the fight against supernatural evils with their complex social lives in the fictional city of Sunnydale. The show mixes complex, season-long storylines with a villain-of-the-week format; a typical episode contains one or more villains, or supernatural phenomena, that are thwarted or defeated by the end of the episode. Though elements and relationships are explored and ongoing subplots are included, the show focuses primarily on Buffy and her role as an archetypal heroine of the Slayer.
Gellar was joined in the cast by Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Stewart Head, David Boreanaz, Seth Green, James Marsters, Marc Blucas, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amber Benson, Eliza Dushku, Kristine Sutherland, Robia LaMorte, Bianca Lawson, Juliet Landau, and Tom Lenk.
While we won’t be seeing Gellar in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer revival, she is returning to genre television with the Paramount Plus series Wolf Pack, which is set to make its debut on January 26th.
Are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Do you wish Gellar would reconsider and agree to star in some kind of revival that would pick up twenty years after the last episode of the show? Let us know by leaving a comment below. I think it would be kind of cool to see Gellar take down some more vampires as a 40-something Buffy… but I have never watched the last season of the series, so I don’t know how it ended.