Some fans have pointed out this is also an accurate description of Buffy and Spike's future relationship. I see where they are coming from, but I don't think that's quite true.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 6 is my favorite season. Season 5, a close second, is less flawed, but I find S6 more interesting. Ironically, season 6 possibly the season that I was most spoiled for. I knew about Buffy's depression from being pulled from heaven. I knew about her violent sexual relationship with Spike, the rape attempt, the soul. I knew about Tara's death, Willows turn to darkness, and Xander saving her with love. I think I even knew about Xander leaving Anya at the alter.
But there were things I didn’t know, things that surprised me, and one of them was this: Buffy and Spike's friendship in early S6.
It was a pleasant, pleasant surprise.