Selfless (episode 5) is an Anya-centric episode that takes the story back to 880 and 1905 when Anya was Aud–and actually loved bunnies. The episode explores the origins of how she became a vengeance demon after suffering great heartbreak. As she becomes out of control in the present, Buffy is forced to make a choice between duty and friendship. Anya, after a moral struggle, lets go of the things she held dear and tells Xander, “my whole life, I’ve just clung to whatever came along. What if I’m nobody?” She asks to be alone and takes on the difficult journey of being on her own. Learning to be alone, needing love, burdens, regrets and sacrifice all play out in this emotional episode.
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