I've started reading a bit from the Season 8 but went straight after into 9 instead. - We know Season 8 ended with a big bang! and the seed is gone, so are the hell dimensions and all supernatural influences, with ending the long line of vampire slayers.
But not everything is great in this Season Start: Willow's power left her, she isn't a witch anymore and I know that she isn't happy about what Buffy did.
Buffy is living now in San Francisco, making a fresh start and focusing on what she is good at, slaying.
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