After her tragic turn to the dark magicks, Willow is now calm, quiet and under the guidance of a powerful witch coven in England. As Giles gently encourages her to believe in her power again, Willow sees a glimpse of the future: “I saw the Earth, Giles. I saw its teeth. It’s going to open, it’s going to swallow us all.” Lessons (episode 1) goes back to the beginning as Sunnydale High re-opens, sending Buffy to scope out any demony activity. There, Buffy discovers Spike who appears mentally unstable, hiding in the school basement. A dark force appears to Spike in the form of Buffy, and tells him, “The next few months are going to be quite a ride and I think we’re all going to learn something about ourselves in the process. It’s not about right, it’s not about wrong. It’s about power.” Themes of new beginnings, reinvention, regrets, self-control and power are all explored in the season’s first episode.