I loved Wes and Lilah together. Their chemistry was tangible. She brought something out of Wesley that only she could. In season four, you can tell that Stephanie is really enjoying performing their scenes together.Underappreciated ship! What did you think of their dynamic?
I heard ... (though I cannot prove this to be true) that she passed a threshold in the number of episodes she appeared in according to SAG rules - like from the guest starring to also starring category, or something - and therefore they would have to pay her more if she continued to appear ... so they killed her. Not much better than sacking her for age, I'm afraid. Maybe a step up from sacking her for getting pregnant.My guess is this, the Actress who played her crossed the 30 mark, and the agreement to renew included a younger female cast, which is why Harmony and Eve were added, and Cordie and Lilah were dropped. Which is a pity, Lilah would have been at her best in Season 5.
One of the best aspects from the Buffyverse.Underappreciated ship! What did you think of their dynamic?
I like Wesley and Lilah together - they are two broken and lonely people finding comfort in each other. There are real feelings there, even if they both pretend there isn't and they have some very sweet moments, although mostly after she is dead. I think it's only once she's gone that Wesley really feels the full weight of what she was beginning to mean to him. You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
I think his feelings for Lilah were far more real than his feelings for Fred though. Fred was always a fantasy, his courtly love put on a pedestal. It wasn't the real Fred he loved, it was the idea of her. With Lilah he had the reality and he was so complex and morally grey, willing to do whatever it took for the greater good, that he fit far better with Lilah - who was willing to do whatever it took for the greater bad, than he did with Fred who wouldn't kidnap babies, or keep slave girls chained up in closets no matter what the stakes. But Wesley wants to be a champion and Fred wants to be with a champion, so he wants to be with Fred - because in his eyes that would mean he must be a champion. Being with Lilah means facing the greyness in his soul, admitting he is this dark person and not this champion of light. So even though he is much better suited with Lilah, has something meaningful with her, he can't want or accept it ... until it's too late, and she's gone and he knows what he has lost.
Not sure he realized it because the situations are substantially different. Wes trying to burn the contract only puts himself in danger (WRH won't take action against the rest of AI since they so desperately want them on board with this). Exchanging the box for Willow put all of Sunnydale (if not the entire world) in danger. That's one of the few times I think Wes was unarguably right. At least try a switch-up or an ambush, but don't just give him the box!...One of the few genuine "awww" moments I had in the entire Jossverse was when Wes tried to burn her contract with Wolfram & Hart, actually making it a top priority despite the potentially eternal dangers he was putting himself in. (I wondered then if he then realized why Oz settled the question on whether to trade the box for Willow in s3 Buffy.)