Fans of the cult classic television show Buffy The Vampire Slayer got a treat recently when series star Sarah Michelle Gellar shared some rare and never before seen photos from the show in honor of its 21st anniversary. Gellar, who played The Chosen One herself for the seven seasons the series was on the air, posted the pics not only recognizing the anniversary of the show, but that it also happened to fall on the same week as International Women's Day.
The now iconic television series was created back in 1997 by Joss Whedon and ran until 2003. Last year the cast, along with Whedon, was featured in a special reunion feature for EW Magazine to honor the show and its legacy on its 20th anniversary. One year later and Gellar is once again reminding fans why they loved the show so much, giving them glimpses of some never seen photos and reminding them just how powerful the character of Buffy Summers was.
In a post on her Instagram page, Gellar shared some photos she hopes fans hadn't yet seen, both old and new. "I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the anniversary of #btvs is the same week as #internationalwomensday," she began her post. "I have always believed that the world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. We have all learned a lot from Buffy, and the best part is, that never ends." She then quoted her famous character by writing “From now on, we won’t just face our fears, we will seek them out. We will find them, and cut their hearts out one by one. There is only one thing on earth more powerful than evil, and that’s us.” Scroll through Gellar's post below to see all of the pictures.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the anniversary of #btvs is the same week as #internationalwomensday. I have always believed that the world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. We have all learned a lot from Buffy, and the best part is, that never ends. “From now on, we won’t just face our fears, we will seek them out. We will find them, and cut their hearts out one by one. There is only one thing on earth more powerful than evil, and that’s us” Scroll through for some behind the scenes pictures, then and now (hopefully there will even be some you have never seen) #buffyslayday
The pictures include some old school pics of Gellar on set, including one with John Ritter who played robot Ted in season 2. She's also pictured in recent shots alongside fellow cast members Michelle Trachtenberg, (Dawn), James Marsters, (Spike), Seth Green, (Oz), Emma Caulfield, (Anya) and David Boreanaz, who played Angel. The pictures definitely struck a chord, with fans old and new thanking the actress for sharing her memories and bringing the character of Buffy to life. Buffy was and still is a beacon of girl power - more than just a strong female character but an unapologetic feminist and iconic action hero that appealed to women and girls of all ages.
While there are no plans that we've heard of to reboot Buffy The Vampire Slayer on television, The Chosen One lives on in a successful comic book series that picked up where the show left off. Whedon has often been involved in the comic series and has been confirmed as the co-writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning, where he's working with experienced Buffy comics writer Christos Gage and artist Georges Jeanty. Fans of the show and the comic series will no doubt be excited to see what Whedon has planned for The Scooby Gang next.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1 hits shelves on Wednesday, June 20.
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