This month I'm participating in A to Z Challenge, where 100's of bloggers around the world challenge themselves to write every day for the month of April, working their way through the alphabet. I'm stitching the Buffy The Vampire Slayer alphabet cross stitch pattern (available from my Etsy store). Each day I will share that letter's stitching, as well as a bit about the relevant character.
F is for Faith
Faith is a Vampire Slayer. The rules say you can only have one Vampire Slayer at a time – hence why they are called “the” vampire slayer. When Buffy died at the end of season 1, Kendra, a teenager from Jamaica, was activated, resulting in the (until then) unique situation of having two Vampire Slayers at the same time. Kendra was killed by the vampire Drusilla at the end of season 2, resulting in the activation of Faith. Faith was living in Boston at the time, however when her Watcher was killed Faith moved to Sunnydale to find and fight alongside Buffy.
Faith was our example of what happens when a Slayer goes bad. Already a little unstable and rebellious, Faith accidently killes an innocent human which sends her down a dark path of power and destruction. Faith joined forces with the Mayor of Sunnydale (the “big bad” of season 3) before a fight with Buffy puts her in a coma. Coming out of her coma, Faith goes on the run to Los Angeles where events on Angel lead her to realise she needs to face the consequences of her actions. Faith surrenders herself to the LAPD and winds up in jail. Faith ultimately returns in Season 7 to help Buffy protect the “potential slayers” and fight the First Evil. Sunnydale gets destroyed and Faith joins Buffy on the yellow bus riding off into the sunset.
Faith was probably my favourite returning character. She was the first new character to team up with Scoobies in the show and really mixed everything up. She was the polar opposite to Buffy in every aspect (including hair colour). Where Buffy always tried to do the right thing, Faith did whatever she wanted. She went "to the bad", and eventually redeemed herself. I was really happy when they brought Faith back in season 7. She'd been allowed to grow and develop as a character. Although she was no longer Buffy's polar opposite, she was a strong voice and could stand up to Buffy when the others couldn't - Buffy couldn't just say "this is how it is, I'm the Slayer" because Faith could turn around and say "well I'm a Slayer too, so go jump." Or words to that effect.
All of which leads me to wonder: was another Slayer activated when Buffy died the second time? It's never addressed. Any thoughts?