Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Season 7, Ep 22, Aired 5/20/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Angel arrives with an amulet which may be a weapon against the First. The battle-lines are drawn and the gang spends the night preparing for the final confrontation. A confrontation that some may not survive. Armed with an amulet they know nothing about, a scythe which holds the key to the Slayer line, and magicks which they may not be able to control, they prepare to face the assembled armies of the First Evil.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Emma Caulfield


  • James Marsters


  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (118)
  • Well, folks. This is it!

    By tarafan2, Aug 05, 2013

  • After seven years the Finale had its ups and downs

    By Affy, Jul 23, 2013

  • Woman warrior archetype made explicit

    By BevinChu, Oct 07, 2012

  • Finale to the best show EVER!

    By joxerlives, Jan 21, 2012

  • Loved this episode...made me cry....BUT, read on-

    By Sophie-1972, Jan 05, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (51)

    • Spike: I'm drowning in footwear! (wakes with a start) Weird dream...

    • Buffy: (About Buffy and Angel Kissing) It was... a hello.
      Spike: Most people don't use their tongues to say hello... Or, I guess they do, but...

    • Willow: This goes beyond anything I've ever done. It's a total loss of control; and not in a nice wholesome "my girlfriend has a pierced tongue" kind of way.

    • Buffy/The First: Oh, no... ow! Mommy, this mortal wound is all... itchy.

    • Buffy: Angel... I do... sometimes think that far ahead.
      Angel: Sometimes is something.
      Buffy: Be a long time coming. Years if ever.
      Angel: I ain't gettin' any older.

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    Notes (17)

    • There is an easter egg on the sixth DVD of the seventh season. Go to the special features menu and highlight "Featurettes". Press to the left and you will see a red "B" highlighted. Press enter to access "The Gift Montage". This is the "Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" montage that appeared before the 100th episode but was not included on that DVD. It includes scenes from almost every one of the first 99 episodes of the series.

    • On the day originally aired on USA, this episode registered 4.7 million viewers watching the show for that night.

    • From Joss Whedon's DVD audio commentary: David Boreanaz had only seven hours to record all of his scenes from both episodes. So, to save time, in the crypt scene, Joss had two cameras: one for Boreanaz and another for Gellar. It is a very unusual thing to do. The DP (responsible for the light) had to work twice as hard; The line "Dude, I got mad skills" was originally said by Eliza Dushku to Joss refering to ice-cream... Buffy's speech was bigger, almost the double of the aired one. Sarah managed to say everything in one shot. After that, everyone on-set applauded her; Angel's sketch in the basement was made by Joss. It wasn't in the script; After they saw the episode in Joss's house, when saying good bye, Marti Noxon said: "Don't, Everything you say is going to sound like a goodbye", just like Dawn; There were so many things to be done that David Solomon directed some fight sequences in the final battle; Joss was so tired that one Friday night he shut the production down because he couldn't stand working anymore; Anthony Stewart Head gave the idea to use the horizon in the end; The last scene recorded for the show was the girl standing up during Buffy's speech.

    • Clips from this episode are featured in the movie Johnson Family Vacation.

    • Out of all the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, David Boreanaz is the actor to have appeared in the most, with a record 11 out of 12 seasons. The only season in which David did not appear was season six of Buffy. James Marsters and Alyson Hannigan are tied for second, both appearing in nine total seasons.

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    Trivia (14)

    • In the first episode of the series (Welcome to the Hellmouth) Cordelia tells Buffy "we don't have a whole lot of town" yet in the episodes that followed we saw that Sunnydale has quite a lot to offer: A first class zoo, a major university, a museum that has natural history, archeology and precious gem exhibits, a multi-level mall, several major retailers including Starbucks, Ralph's, Old Navy and others, and a promenade with a nightclub and other entertainment facilities.

    • Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn) has the last line of the series: "Yeah, Buffy. What are we gonna do now?"

    • Knowing that this would be the final episode, Joss Whedon included many references to previous episodes. These included: Andrew: A shout-out to my brother Tucker who gave me the inspiration to summon demons... Tucker summoned hell hounds to attack the prom in the episode The Prom. ---- Xander: See, I need a new look. It's this whole eye patch thing. Buffy: Oh! You could go with the full black secret agent look. Willow: Or the puffy shirt, pirate/poet feel. Sensitive yet manly… The last two times we've seen Xander in costume were a pirate in All the Way and as James Bond in Fear Itself. ---- Faith: Looks like the Hellmouth is officially closed for business. Giles: There is another one in Cleveland. We learn of the Hellmouth in Cleveland in the episode The Wish. ---- Giles: The earth is definitely doomed. This is almost identical to the final line of the episode The Harvest, which was the second part of the very first two-hour episode of the series. ---- Two of Cassie's predictions in the episode Help come true in this episode. - Buffy tells Spike that she loves him. Cassie told Spike "She'll tell you. Someday she'll tell you." - Cassie said to Buffy, "And I know that you'll go someplace dark. Underground..." This prediction was fulfilled when Buffy led Faith, Spike, and the Potentials into the Hellmouth. ---- A "Welcome to Sunnydale" sign gets knocked over for the third time in the show's history, having been also hit in School Hard (2x03) and Lovers Walk (3x08). Spike can be at least partially blamed for all three incidents.

    • In Chosen, everyone walks into a the school, ready for the final fight. That school is actually California State University, Northridge, located in the San Fernando Valley in California.

    • When Caleb faces off against Buffy and Angel, all three of the lead characters from Joss Whedon's television shows are in the room at the same time. Caleb (Nathan Fillion, Firefly), Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Angel (Angel).

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    Allusions (6)

    • Willow: Oh...my...Goddess... Willow studies the Wiccan religion which views the Divine as both masculine (God) and feminine (Goddess), both of which are equal in power (though some branches of Wicca worship The Goddess predominantly). Willow's use of the term "Goddess" at this moment is a reference to this belief. There was also a rumor that this was a nod to the series Charmed, which had an episode with this title at the end of its fifth season. However, the episode in question aired only nine days before this episode, which is certainly too close to add dialog to a scene. So far there has never been any official confirmation of this rumor, so it is considered to be apocryphal.

    • Giles: I used to be a highly respected watcher, and now I'm a wounded dwarf with the mystical strength of a doily.
      Andrew, Xander, Giles, and Amanda play a fantasy role-playing game-possibly Dungeons and Dragons, the role playing game that is best known as a game that is played by outcasts or "geeks". In creating a character for a game of this sort the player usually chooses a race, and Giles apparently created a Dwarven character.

    • Spike: I think it's fair to say school's out for bloody summer.
      A rather appropriate reference to the Alice Cooper song "School's Out".

    • Buffy: Are you just gonna come here and go all Dawson on me every time I have a boyfriend?
      A reference to Dawson's Creek, the hit WB show (that also ended this season) that redefined teen melodrama. The title character was known for his oversensitivity and constant pining over his "soul mate," Joey Potter ('Joey' is short for Josephine).

    • Andrew: You go through the door and are confronted by Trogdor the Burninator. Trogdor the Burninator is a character who appears in Homestar Runner, a series of online cartoons. Trogdor is a creation of the series' resident villain, Strong Bad.

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