Whedon Wednesday is a tribute to the many Joss Whedon characters who have died over the years. A combined effort with Laura, Megg, and Elspeth, Whedon Wednesday is a series of Eulogies morning the loss of these characters who died in fiction, but will never die in our hearts. Archive. Introduction.
It sometimes feels that Spike has been around for an eternity. In some ways he has been. William the Bloody, the vampire we now know as Spike, was born in 1860, but he entered our lives comparability recently. Despite his vampire demenor and his brash manner he was embraced immediately. Metephrically speaking that is. Anyone who would have tried to come near him at the time likely would have been bitten. At first glance, an interesting villain, but no more than the next big bad. Over time, Spike turned into so much more than a nemesis; becoming an ally, a friend, and a lover.
From this love and respect that was shared, Spike grew more than some would have ever thought possible. From this simple villain emerged, slowly but surely, what could arguably be called a man, and a kind one at that. What always amazes me about Spike is how he gradually became a rock that all the Scoobies relied on, weather they were willing to admit it or not.
William the Bloody has been known for many things; poetry, violence and bloodlust the most. Around here, Spike has come to be known for his courage and caring.
His courage is what brings us here today, in the wake of the Battle of Sunnydale, to this space; to these words. Spike had the courage of a champion and he died as one. A death that gave those of us alive today the chance to be here.