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Joss Whedon really is a gift to geeks, that keeps on giving. With Cabin in the Woods set to release into theaters this weekend, and The Avengers due to hit theaters less than a month from now, Whedonites certainly have things to look forward to these days. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer did a Reddit chat today, and spoke about his past and upcoming projects, including the status on the sequel to the popular webseries Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Article contains a couple of major spoilers from Whedon’s previous work (Buffy, Angel and Dr. Horrible)
Whedon chatted with fans on today about various subjects, among which was the follow-up to Dr. Horrible. The good news is, it sounds like the original cast will be back for the sequel. Well, most of it will, as not everyone survived the original story. According to Whedon...
Yes, the original cast will be back for Dr H 2, but Penny will be... um... I don't want to say "decomposing"...

RIP Penny! But a reunion between Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion does sound gloriously appealing, doesn’t it?

For those of you hoping to see Dr. Horrible 2 soon, don’t hold your breath. It doesn’t sound like the project’s very far along...
We're not shooting right now, we're still in the early stages of writing. But we hope to make a great deal of progress this summer. And you can expect the death of someone you love.

Whedon killing off a beloved character? Can anyone picture that? He actually addressed the reputation he’s developed for offing characters when questions on the topic...
(Question) I'm sure that killing off a character you've invested a lot of time in can be tough. Have you ever found that doing this to a particular character has had a profound emotional affect on you? Who was the toughest kill?

I actually find it refreshing... delightful.... vaguely arousing.... Actually, I'm, no offense, very tired of being labelled as "the guy who kills people". Shakespeare (he's this hot new writer) does it way more than me, and everyone's all excited about how he, as it were, holds a mirror up to nature, while I'm like the Jason Voorhees of the writing community. Unfair.

Also, probably Buffy's Mom.

Oh, I would have loved to ask him more questions on how the death of Joyce affected him emotionally. “The Body” was easily one of the most intense, well executed episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Personally, and at the risk of sounding like a major fan-girl here, I think Whedon gets the rep for killing characters more because he creates characters that fans connect with so well, which makes their death feel personal. It makes for a far deeper, more lasting impact than that of the initial shock-value.

On the subject of lost characters, I love that one fan asked about Angel’s Fred, and I also love Whedon’s answer to it...
(Question) Would you have brought Fred back if Angel hadn't ended with season 5?
Any regrets as far as stories, character developments that you were unable to do with any of the Buffy/Angel characters?

Season six of Angel would have kicked all manner of ass. And Illyria would have manifested as Fred often enough to become very confused about her identity.

And now I'm sad again.

First of all, thank you questioner! As someone who remains emotionally confused about my grief over the loss of Fred and absolute love of Illyria, I would have loved to see how things would have developed for Illyria beyond the fifth season. An identity crisis with more Fred manifestations (and whatever kind of romantic/emotional mess that would have been for Wesley) sounds like it would have been pretty fantastic. What might have been...

Read the full chat over at Reddit here.

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