Welcome back, Ringlets. I have to confess, I didn’t come up with “Ringlets” on my own. The Ringer writers live-tweeted during the show last night, and used it. Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Faith taught me: “Want. Take. Have.” I did and did and do. Now, I’m sharing with you. Let’s get straight to the story, because we finally learn who Sean was, and how he’s central to the rift between Mean Buffy and Nice Buffy.
However Many Years Ago: Siobhan has a relationship with Dylan (Misha Collins, Supernatural‘s Castiel). When she turns up pregnant, he turns out to be a deadbeat. Shiv gives birth to Sean. A couple of years later, Dylan decides he wants back in his son’s life. Shiv is not the forgive-and-forget type, and probably had Dylan beaten up and run out of Tahoe at some point. (How far is Tahoe from Why-oh-Why Wyoming and Macawi’s minions?) Still, Dylan persists in trying to be a father.
Bridget babysits Sean during the day, while Shiv works at a mystery job. Being Nice Buffy, when Dylan shows up with ticket to a big fair, Bridget agrees to let Sean go (she accompanies them), even though she knows Shiv would be displeased. On their way home from the fair, a car appears out of nowhere and crashes into Dylan’s car. Sean is killed. When a sling-adorned Bridget shows up at Sean’s funeral, Shiv severs their relationship.