Fangs God It’s Friday: Kendra

In the TV series Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, the creators set a rule early on that there could only be one slayer, but it didn’t take long for them to change that rule. Buffy died and then came back to life, but her death opened the door for there to be two slayers at the same time. Lots of people know about the second slayer Faith (played by Eliza Dushku), but technically, Faith was really the “second second slayer.”

Before there was Faith, there was Kendra (played by Bianca Lawson). Kendra started out with a much more rigid approach to vampire slaying than Buffy. That made her a fun foil, but sadly, she turned into the “red shirt” equivalent of slayer. She only lasted three episodes and got killed by the vampire Drusilla. Personally, I always had a big problem with that death, as it showed the vampire use of hypnosis and made Kendra look rather lame as far as slayers go (and that didn’t ring true with the character’s origins). One of my favorite things about Kendra was her stake, which she nicknamed “Mr. Pointy.”

Bianca Lawson as Kendra, the second slayer from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It’s interesting that both “second slayers” provided a foil for Buffy but resulted in such radically different characters. Kendra introduced us to a by-the-book slayer (literally, she had a slayer handbook she followed) and Faith showed how a slayer without any rules could become just as great a threat as any monster.

An interesting fact about the actress who played Kendra is that she was originally cast as the self-absorbed Cordelia Chase. Cordelia was eventually played by Charisma Carpenter, and you can’t help but wonder how things might have played out differently for Cordelia (a character who later became part of the main cast of Angel) if Lawson had been given the role.

About Bill Blume

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion's Blood is being released on August 11th by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He also served as the 2013 chair for James River Writers in Richmond, which produces one of the nation’s best annual conferences for educating and connecting writers.
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2 Responses to Fangs God It’s Friday: Kendra

  1. Kendra is so underrated when it comes to BtVS slayers. Would’ve been nice to see her play a larger role on this show!

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    • Bill Blume says:

      I have to agree. In some ways, I think this character was a victim of the rules of the universe. They couldn’t have given us the storyline with Faith without eliminating Kendra (and that was a great character arc, which the series really needed). The fact Kendra was so interesting and full of potential are reasons why I hated seeing her killed off the way she was. She deserved much better.


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