Monday, April 1, 2013

We have a Winner of MARCH MADNESS 2013: The "Most Shocking Moment" of the Whedonverse Tourney!

March has come to an end and so has our 7th tournament here on Buffyfest. We finally have an answer to a complicated and heavy question: Of all the shocking moments this 'verse has brought us over the years, which is the most abominable? Of those scenes that are usually followed by a black screen saying "Created by Joss Whedon", which was the most atrocious? Which makes you shake your fist in the air and scream "Joss!" more than any other?

The answer and clear winner is:

The Death of Tara Maclay,
"Your shirt"
May 7th, 2002

As we all know, Joss Whedon has killed so many of his beloved characters that it's arguably no longer even shocking. But there were a certain few special deaths that were particularly detestable and scandalous - Tara's is now officially the #1.

Who can say the exact reason why? Tara was a VERY popular character on BTVS and her profoundly moving relationship with Willow is considered a LBGT milestone in television and pop culture. People tend to describe Tara as genuine, compassionate and kind. It was all of these things combined that likely made viewers so devastated at the loss of her spot on the show. At the time of her death, fans pretty much revolted. The backlash and hate mail was considered staggering by the Mutant Enemy team and the media that covered it. It clearly still stings to this day! RIP, Tara....and damn you Joss Whedon.

Well that's all for this year! If you missed the tournament, Click here to see how the entire month of shockers went down. Thanks so much to everyone who played this year's March Madness and the hundreds of people who voted. Until next time!

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