There has been interesting discussion
on Buffy fandom history at rahirah's tumblr. (Ok, probably not exactly a discussion, just rahirah answering questions on how the Seeing Red disaster originally went in 2002.) Among other things she mentioned Succubus Club radioshow, where buffyverse writers were invited for interviews.
Turns out, that some of those radioshows, mostly from 2002 and 2003, are stil available here
, thanks to Wayback Machine. Including Steven DeKnight's interview
, that he gave soon after the airing of "Seeing Red".
I've been listening to it, some things didn't change at all - basically, everything about Spike and Spuffy. Absolutely the same points still pop up in every other S6 discussion today. And DeKnight acknowledges that some things were handled poorly.
But when it comes to discussion of Tara... is it just me, or both DeKnight and hosts sound cringeworthy by the modern day's standarts? They dismiss Tara fans' outrage as overreaction ("we just treated Tara/Willow like every other couple in the show"), they joke about lesbians sabotaging studio equipment... That's so not how damage control over killing a gay character is done nowdays. It looks like the opposite of damage control, tbh, because "oh, you are just overreacting" is the thing that brings only more outrage.
Just compare it with Jason Rothenberg apologizing
for what he did with a certain character in The 100
I get where it's coming from - DeKnight is viewing it from writer's perspective. Tara's death leads to the good story, so there is nothing to apologize about, it's just a well-constructed plotline. But it looks so weird today, that neither him or the hosts acknowledge that there is need for empathy, for some kind of apology. It doesn't matter how good the story is, when some fans are seriously hurt by it. Just tell them you are sorry, tell them that you were a bad person to hurt them, why is it so difficult?