We do not know what the last episode of Buffy will be like until we have seen it. Even if script summaries that are floating round are objective, even if we actually get to see a stolen script that turns out to be authentic in every detail. Even then.
Because a show is more than the sum of its parts and the script and story are only one of those parts. We are all enthusiastic about the actual writing and the actual acting and this is not the time to give up having faith in what we have valued for all this time. If that time ever comes - and it might - it will be after the finale has aired and not before.
We do not know, for example, how an actor will respond, on camera, to other people's lines without saying a damn word but speaking volumes of snark with their eyes.
I am not saying that we should not speculate, or that we should remain unspoiled - because anyone who knows me knows that I am a major spoiler whore and would try out for the Olympic speculation team. Just, be gentle with each other and with the show right now, because this is not going to be a complete disaster, probably.
If it is, we can all decide that the show had its natural end back in 'The Gift' and everything we have liked since - Once More with Feeling, Tabula Rasa, Dead Things, Entropy, Selfless, Storyteller, say - has been gravy.
Some people are talking as if we would be better off had the show died back when - I really do not think so, but that is because I am in mourning for another favourite show killed before its time and can think of plenty of shows that never got to strut all their stuff.
Let us just say the words Bargaining, Denial, Anger, Acceptance. Isn't much of what is going on in terms of bitching up a show we are supposed to love just having a row with it rather than cope with the fact it is about to end, or denying our love for it, or thinking that we can talk our love down to manageable levels of grief?
Not wanting to be all counsellor-person here - but reeeeelly!?!