After her recent discovery about Spike, Buffy investigates if Spike is killing again in Sleeper (episode 8). Realizing the truth, she confronts him and he claims no knowledge. As they both try to solve the mystery it is revealed how deeply The First has embedded itself in Spike’s psyche. “This chip they did to me. This soul I got on my own. For you,” Spike confesses to Buffy. Witnessing the trigger that activates his thirst for killing, Buffy realizes “there’s something here. There’s something playing with us.” And in England, the robed men that have been killing the girls all over the world murder a member of the Watcher’s Council and now aim for Giles. This episode emphasizes the darkness that is coming, giving over control, and psychological manipulation.
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