BUFFY: Life is a bunch of stuff that we choose to do. You're not a tragic hero. You're a guy who killed his friend. […] When a river of your blood pours out, Andrew, it might save the world. What do you think of that? Does it make you a world-saver? Does it buy it all back? Are you a hero redeemed?
— Talkin' about redemption in Storyteller
Seems like everybody's got a redemption arc on BtVS. We had a sprightly discussion about this a couple of episodes back, but the issue isn't even subtext anymore, it's right up there in the text! How important is it to make up for our mistakes? Can you ever?
Redemption in the Buffyverse: Is it necessary?
Necessary and possible.
Necessary? Yes. Possible? No.
Nobody gets a prize for goodness, succeed or fail.
The trying is its own reward.
I have other (better) thoughts about this.