Sarah Michelle Gellar Has No Plans To Ever Return As Vampire Slayer Buffy Summers

In a way, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is a little like the “Scream” movies that also started off in the late ’90s. Although the first “Scream” started off with teenage Sidney, in the 2020s the franchise has moved away from fully-grown Sidney to focus on a new group of young adult survivors. There’s been a lot of controversy around how “Scream 6” doesn’t seem to include Sidney at all, even though it’s probably for the best that the franchise moves away from the pattern of upending Sidney’s life over and over again.

Just because “Scream 6” doesn’t include Sidney doesn’t mean it’s going to be a bad film, but it does make the film a harder sell to fans who see the character as the heart and soul of the series. “Buffy” without Gellar would also be a hard sell. Having another teenage girl take up the mantle could put the new actress in an impossible position, being constantly compared to such an iconic character. It would be difficult, but it would be the smarter choice for the series as a whole, as Gellar herself explained: “The metaphors of ‘Buffy’ were the horrors of adolescence. I think I look young, but I am not an adolescent.” 

As much as we all love Buffy Summers, underneath all the supernatural elements the series was always about young people struggling to figure out their place in the world. Maybe there will be a successful revival one day, but Sarah Michelle Gellar will never be the center of it. 

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