me_llamo_nic also noticed some interesting foreshadowing for the finale in "Always Darkest".
Speaking of which, in response to her own post, I had some thoughts on the meaning of the Buffy/Angel and Buffy/Spike comparisons Season 8 is making.
A huge theme of S8 is connection ("Connection--why can't I feel it?") and this is something Angel and Buffy have in common--they both struggle with leading, bearing the weight of the world, and also staying in touch with others. They struggle with staying in touch with humanity while having to save others. And through this struggle, they shut down a lot. So when you put them together, the two characters who are basically emotionally stunted and secretive, the two who have the most trouble connecting with humanity, look what happens:
They lose touch with reality, they frak themselves into space. The two who can't connect to humanity, when put together almost destroy humanity.
So when Buffy and Angel act like they're in their own little world, only having eyes for each other (think of Xander's POV of Buffy and Angel in the Zeppo), they're actually distancing themselves from humanity, but also reality. They're indulging in the fantasy of love and it's a destructive fantasy. They're living in their own little fantasy world of constructed illusions where Angel is Buffy's protector (even though she more often has to save herself) and only love (when she doesn't know him anymore and says she doesn't trust him) that becomes literal in Season 8 as they CREATE their own world that leaves humanity behind them.
Compare the fantasy world of Buffy/Angel with the coming down to reality of Buffy and Spike. Once again, Buffy and Angel are fantasy forever while Buffy and Spike are fighting for what's real.
IF THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE CALL THE END OF SPUFFY, THEN GIVE ME MORE WHEDON. I WANT MORE.