Winnifred "Fred" Burkle

Season Eight | Season Nine

Season Eight

Fred, Season Eight    Winifred "Fred" Burkle was rescued by Angel from the demon dimension Pylea, opting to work alongside with Angel and his team upon returning to Earth’s dimension. When the evil law firm Wolfram and Hart had Angel take over their L.A. branch, Fred received her own laboratory and became the head of the Science Division. A major asset to the team, Angel consistently relied on her department to quickly and efficiently solve problems. After going on a few dates with her co-worker Knox, she began to have feelings for Wesley. The two dated for a short while before Fred was killed unexpectedly. (Angel Spotlight: Wesley, Angel: Smile Time)

    Fred became infected by the essence of Illyria, one of the original, purebred demons known as the Old Ones, which ate away from the inside out to make her body its vessel into this world. Illyria attempted to bring about the destruction of humans by resurrecting her vicious ancient army, but soon discovered that it had been destroyed long ago. Lost and without purpose, Illyria agreed to learn how to adjust to the modern world with the help of Wesley, who felt drawn to the being because it shared the resemblance to the woman he loved. (Angel: A Hole in the World)

    Illyria learnt that there were remnants of Fred in the form of her memories, which became a source of confusion for Illyria. Illyria could also take on the appearance of Fred in order to go about unnoticed and to deal with Fred's parents. Wesley had Illyria run tasks for Wolfram & Hart, one of which was delivering a human prisoner to a clan of demons that wanted revenge on the human for murdering one of their own. Illyria agreed to take on the assignment in an effort to learn about remorse and learn if she herself was capable of feeling regret for her role in Fred's death, but discovered that she was not capable of human emotion. (Angel Spotlight: Illyria)

    In an attempt to temporarily sever the Senior Partners' hold on Earth, Angel prepared to suicidally incur the apocalyptic wrath of the Senior Partners as a way of going out in a blaze of glory. Illyria was motivated by anger to join Angel’s cause after she was brutally beaten and humiliated by the Senior Partners’ liaison, Hamilton. Tasked with eliminating members of the Circle of the Black Thorn, the Senior Partners' instruments on Earth, Illyria sought out Wesley and found him dying, having been stabbed by a demon warlock. Coming to help Wesley out of concern for him, Illyria perceived his imminent death and comforted the former Watcher by assuming Fred's form. Filled with unexpected and uncontrollable grief, Illyria violently dispatched Wesley's murderer, and engaged in battle with the dark armies that the Senior Partners sent against the surviving members of Team Angel in retaliation. (Angel: Not Fade Away)


Season Nine
   
Illyria, Season Nine    After Los Angeles is transported to hell, Illyria began to interpret manifestations of Fred physically and in her personality. Believing that the Fred’s essence was struggling for dominance over Illyria’s body, Spike tried to suppress Fred's manifestations because it made Illyria vulnerable to human weaknesses. These transformations occurred whenever Illyria saw someone Fred cared for. (Spike: After the Fall)

    Illyria assisted Spike in the rescue of humans and benevolent demons, the two later joining Angel in battling the Lords for control of Los Angeles, where Illyria encountered Wesley’s ghost which caused her to revert back to Fred. She later encountered Gunn, now a vampire, who capitalized on Illyria’s weak state as Fred and wounded her badly. Dying, Fred admitted that she was always Illyria, who wished to be Fred herself and reverted back to her original, primordial form. Desperate and frustrated at her inability to create order and have what she wants, Illyria vowed to destroy time itself, but was stunned by Angel’s efforts, which allowed the Senior Partners' army to capitalize on the opportunity and bring Illyria down. (Angel: After the Fall)



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Comic Book Guide to Buffy
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