Maggie Walsh

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Maggie Walsh
Buffy the Vampire Slayer character
First appearance"The Freshman"
Last appearance"Primeval"
Created byJoss Whedon
Portrayed byLindsay Crouse
Information
AffiliationThe Initiative, 314 Project
Notable powersKnowledge of psychology, behavior modification, anatomy, biology, and cybernetics
 
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Maggie Walsh
Buffy the Vampire Slayer character
First appearance"The Freshman"
Last appearance"Primeval"
Created byJoss Whedon
Portrayed byLindsay Crouse
Information
AffiliationThe Initiative, 314 Project
Notable powersKnowledge of psychology, behavior modification, anatomy, biology, and cybernetics

Professor Maggie Walsh is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The character is portrayed by Lindsay Crouse.

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History

Professor Maggie Walsh is introduced in Season Four, as Buffy's Psychology professor University at California Sunnydale, but is later revealed as the leader of the government-controlled Initiative, a military project intent on capturing, studying, and modifying the behavior of various demons. Unknown to many in the Initiative, Walsh is also involved in Project 314, a secret program within the Initiative that is creating a hybrid demon-humanoid-mechanoid (demonoid) known as Adam. Various creatures captured by the Initiative were dissected to provide the parts for Adam.

Maggie maintains a close relationship with Riley, who is her favorite soldier; she appears to think of him as a son. After Riley learns that Buffy is the Slayer, they inform Walsh of her role. Walsh initially thinks that Buffy can be a useful ally to the Initiative, but soon takes a dislike to her unpredictability and unwelcome curiosity, especially with regards to the "314 Project". Cameras installed in Riley's room allow her to spy on Buffy and Riley while they have sex, and later to hear Buffy ask Riley about the 314 Project. Perceiving that Buffy poses a risk to the project, Walsh tries to kill Buffy by sending her on a mission on which she is ambushed by two demons released from the Initiative's holding cells. Buffy defeats the demons and appears on the monitors after Walsh has prematurely announced Buffy's death to Riley, who walks out. Walsh retreats to the labs of Project 314, where she plots how to use Adam to defeat Buffy. However, Adam awakens and impales Walsh, killing her, and escapes from the Initiative.

Walsh appears in the penultimate episode of Season Four, "Primeval," as a zombie, working under Adam along with others Adam has killed. Attempting to finish off Project 314, begun by Walsh, Adam has his workers manufacturing more creatures like himself; part demon, human, and machine combined. Adam activates the chip Walsh had inserted into Riley's heart, making him biddable to Adam's command. Zombie Walsh attacks Buffy when she comes to Riley's rescue, but Buffy knocks her down and defeats her, and with some help from the Scooby-Gang of Willow, Xander, and Giles, she defeats Adam as well. The Initiative project is shut down permanently.

Writing and acting

Notes and references

  1. ^ Holder, Mariotte, Hart, The Watcher's Guide Vol. II (2000), p289-293
  2. ^ Jowett, Lorna, Sex and the Slayer (2005), p175-176
  3. ^ Stokes, Mike, "The Last Act", from Buffy the Vampire Slayer magazine #18 (UK, March 2001), page 20.
  4. ^ Stokes, Mike, "The Last Act", from Buffy the Vampire Slayer magazine #18 (UK, March 2001), page 22.
  5. ^ Stokes, Mike, "The Last Act", from Buffy the Vampire Slayer magazine #18 (UK, March 2001), page 23.
  6. ^ Holder, Mariotte, Hart, The Watcher's Guide Vol. II (2000), p289-293

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