I actually never got over the refusal to let these two explore their relationship further. Subtext smubtext, I wanted this awesomeness to go canon. If Spike/Buffy went canon why not these two?
I think they wanted to do it. After reading the comics it would seem Joss had a ton of things he wanted to do that he wasnt able due to the constriction of TV. SMG and Eliza did thier best to make it as canon as possible though. When I watched Buffy I always felt as if Faith did all the horrible things (like sleep with Buffy’s bf) not becasue she wanted to BE Buffy but out of a twisted desire for Buffy herself. I also think, that before Faith killed the man in the ally, it seemed SMG was playing Buffy as if she was legit falling for Faith.
I mean they have this unique connection that they will never have with anyone else. The chosen two. These two are really fantastic to be honest.