"I think that room allowed us each the freedom to develop in the way each of us wanted to. People who wanted to direct were given the chance. If you wanted to learn structure, Joss was there creating these 4-act gems in front of you. Personally, I sharpened my joke writing and ability to write to specific voices. We all got the courage to think beyond what most shows were doing at the time – to ignore the mold and get back to that idea of making something that delighted US as fans of our own show. We all were encouraged to reach beyond what we thought we could do."
Espenson joined Buffy in the third season, first as an executive story editor, then in subsequenct seasons she became a co-producer, producer, supervising producer, and co-executive producer. She's also one of the most prolific writers ever to work on the show, writing or co-writing 23 episodes, including the hilarious Thanksgiving episode "Pangs," the Andrew-centric "Storyteller," the Hugo Award-winning "Conversations with Dead People," and the penultimate episode "End of Days." After Buffy ended, she was perhaps even more prolific, working as a writer and producer on Battlestar Galactica, Gilmore Girls, Caprica, Tru Calling, Dollhouse, Torchwood, and Once Upon a Time, for which she also co-created the short-lived spinoff series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. In 2009, she co-created the long-running Syfy series Warehouse 13, and in 2011 Espenson and Brad Bell created the critically acclaimed syndicated web sitcom Husbands, which has run for three seasons so far, with a fourth on a way. Overall, her genre writing credits over the last 15 years include 23 episodes of Buffy, two of Angel, one of Firefly, two of The Batman, one of Eureka, five of Battlestar Galactica, two of Caprica, one of Game of Thrones, 15 of Once Upon a Time, and counting. And we didn't even count them all, so it's safe to say she's made her mark.