I've often thought about what might have happened after the screen fades to black at the end of Not Fade Away. I don't care much for where the comics took things and have been keen to come up with some alternative; and my subconscious apparently delivered. Last night I had a dream about how the fight in the alley in Not Fade Away concluded; and I'm kind of on board with it.
Basically, after a long drawn out fight (that sees Angel's back riddled with arrows), the team is flagging, but still fighting. One by one they fall, Spike, Gunn, Angel - Illyria is the only one still standing, besides the demons sent by W&H. In a fit of rage she summons what stores of power she has left and unleashes a blast that takes everyone else out. Now this being a dream, for some reason they weren't in an alley anymore, but a cavern; and the blast destabilizes it and Illyria makes a break for an opening as the cave starts collapsing - but not before she's manages to collect some of the remnants from at least Spike and Angel - and she slides down an icy embankment, seemingly safe; only for an avalanche to come down on top of her, sealing her in a block of ice, still alive, just sort of contained temporarily. And when she gets out, she plans to set about finding a way to bring the others back.
“In the game of chess, you can never let your adversary see your pieces.”