In 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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