"So here’s the part where you make a choice. What if you could have that power - now? In every generation, one Slayer is born. Because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. This woman… is more powerful than all of them combined. So I say we change the rule. I say my power… should be our power. Tomorrow, Willow will use the essence of the scythe to change our destiny. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer, will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power, can stand up, will stand up. Slayers… every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?"
In my Buffy rewatch I like imagining where Dawn is in the rewritten memories. Like in Dead Man’s Party she’s trying to party with the band just dancing around in all her kid ways. In Faith, Hope, and Trick, while Buffy and her Mum are talking Dawn’s in there piggy out with Faith. Little goofy placements.
Andrew Chambliss’ 2013 interview about Buffy Season 9’s conclusion The Core:
“Xander’s really going to have to figure out how he feels about his actions and how he can deal with his friends going forward. Buffy’s forgiven him, but we’ve yet to see exactly how deep that forgiveness runs. Dawn’s definitely going to have a reaction when she learns exactly what happened while he was trying to save her. Is she going to blame Xander? Is she going to blame herself, since he was just trying to save her? But at the end of the day, I think Xander’s going to be his [own] biggest enemy – will he be able to forgive himself? Will he think he deserves Dawn’s love? Buffy and Willow’s friendship? Will he trust himself to be part of the gang going forward? Especially when they face their next danger? This is what Xander’s going to have to carry forward into Season 10.”
Imagine that the Summers’ had a faithful dog for all seven seasons who joined in the fights and helped Buffy slay vampires as well as being adorable and eating Dawn’s homework because he knows it makes her happy.