The actress remembers when she found out her character would be dying on the show.

By Tim Stack
March 31, 2017 at 01:00 PM EDT

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Willow and Tara’s love story was brought to a vicious halt in season 6 when Tara (Amber Benson) was shot and killed by a stray bullet from Warren (Adam Busch). Her death was shocking to viewers and sent Willow (Alyson Hannigan) down a path of dark magic and revenge.

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“Joss took me aside when we were shooting the finale of season 5,” remembers Benson. “They were like, ‘Come back to the trailer, we have exciting news.’ He’s like, ‘We’re going to kill your character!’ I was like, ‘Ohhh, that’s exciting.’ It was never intentional to be offensive to anybody. It was very much about Willow’s addiction story line and hitting bottom and being like she lost the most important person to her. That was the genesis of why Tara died. It wasn’t in any way shape or form meant to hurt anybody — the opposite.”

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