Into The Woods S5 E10 (Buffy and the Art of Story Podcast)

Buffy and the Art of Story podcast coverIn Into The Woods (Buffy the Vampire Slayer S5 E10), thanks to Spike, Buffy learns about Riley’s dark side. This podcast episode recaps Into The Woods, focusing on:

  • a shadow subplot for Riley about his life’s mission;
  • hooking the audience by ending scenes just before Buffy or Riley reacts to a startling revelation;
  • what it means to be an antagonist (here, Riley) in romantic relationship plot;
  • a conversation with Roberta Lipp, co-host of the They Coined It Mad Men podcast, about why Riley left and why Xander gives Buffy the advice he does.

Spoiler-free, except at the end (with plenty of warning).

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About Lisa M. Lilly

In addition to hosting the podcast Buffy and the Art of Story, Lisa M. Lilly is the author of the bestselling four-book Awakening supernatural thriller series as well as numerous short stories. She is currently writing the latest novel in her Q.C. Davis mysteries. Her non-fiction includes books on writing craft under L. M. Lilly. She also founded