Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 7 Episode 21

End of Days

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 13, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Giles has a liking for Jaffa Cakes.

    • In the episode, we learn that Tara and Willow's long-absent cat, Miss Kitty Fantastico, may have been killed in some sort of mishap when Dawn left a crossbow lying around.

    • In the scene with the three Turok-han and the potentials, you can see a Turok-han holding a girl in a red sweater off to the right. But then in the next shot you see a Turok-han grabbing the girl as if for the first time.

    • Faith is recuperating in bed wearing the same clothes she had on when she was pulled unconscious from the water. It seems odd that apparently no attempt was made to get her out of her wet clothes and into some dry ones. With all the women in that house someone should have been able to spare a set of clothes.

    • When the girls are checking the wounded, the hole in the background is the same one in which Dawn, Tara, Willow and Xander hid in the episode Tabula Rasa (6x08).

    • On the Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scene it shows the Bombs Timer at 3 Seconds when Faith shouted get down whilst on the previous episode it showed 8 seconds.

    • When Willow is researching she finds a picture of a weapon called the Axe of Dekeron but next to it is a picture of a scythe.

    • When Buffy is fighting the Turok - Han in the basement scene with the girls, when one of them bends down, you can see the actor's real skin beneath the costume.

    • In the scene at the end where Buffy is fighting Caleb, Buffy gets thrown onto a large "cement" block. When Buffy gets up you can see the block rattle around as if it is no more than cardboard.

    • If Buffy was gone by the time Willow got to the house, why didn't she just recast the locator spell to see where she went?

    • Despite what it is called, the Slayer weapon is not a scythe. Scythes have long, curved blades extending perpendicularly from the shaft. The weapon here looks more like a truncated halberd with the base of the hilt sharpened to a point.

  • Quotes

    • Dawn: I told you, I don't leave crossbows around all willy-nilly. Not since that time with Miss Kitty Fantastico.

    • Giles: In addition to being ancient, it's clearly mystical.
      Buffy: Yeah, I figured that one out when I King Arthured it out of the stone.

    • Buffy: You're a dope!
      Spike: I'm a what?
      Buffy: You're a dope and a bonehead and you're shirty!
      Spike: Have you gone completely Carrot-Top?
      Buffy: (holding up the scythe) Do you see this? This may actually help me fight my war. This might be the key to everything. And the reason I'm holding it is because of you. Because of the strength that you gave me last night. I am tired of defensiveness and weird mixed signals. You know what? I have Faith for that. Let's just get to the truth here, okay? I don't know how you felt about last night but I will not--
      Spike: Terrified.
      Buffy: Of what?
      Spike: Last night was... God, I'm such a jerk. I can't do this. Buffy: Spike...
      Spike: It was the best night of my life. If you poke fun at me, you bloody well better use that 'cause I couldn't bear it. It may not mean that much to you but--
      Buffy: I just told you it did.
      Spike: Yeah, I hear you say it but... I've lived for sodding ever, Buffy. I've done everything. I've done things with you I can't spell... but I've never been close... to anyone. Least of all you. Until last night. All I did was hold you, watch you sleep... and it was the best night of my life. So yeah, I'm terrified.
      Buffy: You don't have to be.
      Spike: Were you there with me?
      Buffy: I was.
      Spike: What does that mean?
      Buffy: I don't know. Does it have to mean something?
      Spike: No, not right now.
      Buffy: Maybe when...
      Spike: No, let's just leave it
      Buffy: Okay.
      Spike: We'll go be heroes.

    • Spike: Found the holy grail. Or the holy hand grenade, or whatever the hell that is.

    • Andrew: I've been here, keeping morale up. Because that's important.

    • Andrew: I don't think I'll be okay. I'm cool with it. I think I'd like to finish out as one of those lame humans trying to do what's right.

    • Buffy: (in reference to her relationship with Principal Wood) We're just good friends. Or mortal enemies, depending on which day it is.

    • Anya: Okay. I'll get Kennedy to watch the girls. She's tough. Imminent death won't bother her.

    • Anya: Many of these girls will die. A slaughterhouse is what it is.
      Injured girl: What?
      Anya: (in a reassuring voice) Oh. Trying to talk will just kill you sooner.

    • Andrew: I like the real bandages better. These bed sheets are awfully festive. (groans)
      Anya: Yeah, they're going to look like mortally wounded Easter baskets.

    • Guardian: I'm sorry, what was your name?
      Buffy: Buffy.
      Guardian: No, really...

    • Xander: Well you know, it's like when a cow gets old and loses an eye, or its ability to be milked, the farmer takes it and puts it in a different pasture so it won't have to... fight with the priests.

    • Kennedy: Are there more?
      Buffy: There's always more.

    • Faith: Okay, the point. Me, by myself, all the time. I'm looking at you, everything you have and, I don't know... jealous. Then there I am, everybody's looking to me, trusting me to lead them and I've never felt so alone in my entire life.
      Buffy: Yeah.
      Faith: And that's you, every day. Isn't it?
      Buffy: I love my friends. I'm very grateful for them. But that's the price of being a Slayer.
      : There's only supposed to be one. Maybe that's why you and I can never get along. We're not supposed to exist together.
      Buffy: Also you went evil and started killing people.
      Faith: Good point, also a factor.

    • Buffy/The First: Faith go boom!

    • Andrew: Oh, this one has oxygen tanks.
      Anya: They'd only be useful if something big was attacking, and then we could shove one down their throat and blow them up like Roy Scheider did with that shark in Jaws.
      Andrew: You are the perfect woman!
      Anya: I've always thought so.

    • Faith: Thank God we're hot chicks with super powers.
      Buffy: Kinda takes the edge off.

    • Caleb: I'm sorry, I didn't catch that last part on account of her neck snapping and all. Did she say the end is "near"... or "here"?

    • Anya: Well, I guess I was kinda new to being around humans before. But now I've seen a lot more, gotten to know people, seen what they're capable of and… I guess I just realized how amazingly screwed up they all are. I mean, really, really screwed up in a monumental fashion.
      Andrew: Oh.
      Anya: And they have no purpose that unites them so they just drift around blundering through life until they die... which they know is coming yet every single one of them is surprised when it happens to them. They're incapable of thinking about what they want beyond the moment. They kill each other, which is clearly insane... and yet here's the thing. When it's something that really matters, they fight. I mean, they're lame morons for fighting but they do. They never... they never quit. So I guess I will keep fighting,too.

    • Xander: I should be at your side. That's all I'm saying.
      Buffy: You will be. You're my strength, Xander. You're the reason I've made it this far. I trust you with my life. That's why I need you to do this for me.
      Xander: Okay.
      Buffy: Also, you can't shoot a bow and arrow anymore and every time you pick up a sword, I worry that you're going to break one of our good lamps.
      Xander: Hey!
      Buffy: (smiling) Don't look at me. You're the one who said I'm gonna die.
      Xander: I never said that you were going to die. I implied that you were going to die. It's totally different.
      Buffy: Yeah, okay. Sure.
      Xander: Besides, if you die, I'll just bring you back to life. That's what I do.

  • Notes

    • Spike: That's fine. You don't have to get shirty about it.
      Regardless of what Buffy may think, "shirty" is indeed a word. It's British slang meaning ill-tempered or annoyed.

    • The season finale of Angel aired the week previously, which left Angel free to return to Sunnydale.

    • Marti Noxon was due to write the penultimate episode of Buffy but was working on creating Still Life, a Fox drama that never aired. Her absence left little time to write the script, which is why Jane & Doug co-wrote this episode.

    • On the US release of season 7 on DVD, the beginning of this episode, in which the "previously" segment ends with the ticking bomb, leading to a CGI explosion, is cut out. This likely happened because the first scene was a direct continuation of the previously segment, and none of the episodes have included those. Such scenes have also been cut from at least one episode of Angel on DVD ("Over the Rainbow").

    • When discussing the solitude of being Slayers, Faith says, "thank God we're hot chicks with superpowers." This is very similar to a conversation in Season 4's Hush (4x10) in which Riley and Forrest discuss the solitude of working for the initiative and Forrest says, "thank God we're pretty."

    • Rona does not appear in this episode.

    • Faith spends most of this episode off-screen in bed recuperating. This is because Eliza Dushu was filming the pilot for her series Tru Calling.

    • When The First merges with Caleb, it transforms into the CGI monster form that it took at the end of the season 3 episode "Amends"; and after the merge, Caleb eyes go black like Willow's did when taken over and empowered by dark magic.

    • Anya talks about that one time she did flee an apocalypse... she is referring to the Mayor's Ascension at the end of season 3.

    • David Boreanaz makes his first appearance on Buffy since Season 5's "Forever" when Angel returns to Sunnydale.

    • When Xander says, "If you die, I'll bring you back. It's what I do.", he refers to Buffy's 2 deaths which he revived her ("Prophecy Girl" and "Bargaining (1)")

  • Allusions

    • Dawn: Colorforms?
      When Xander tells Dawn he used chloroform to make her pass out, she is still a bit groggy and replies, "Colorforms?" Colorforms are packages of paper-thin latex shapes, painted to represent cartoon characters that stick with static cling to a board that is usually printed as a background for the characters. Colorforms are made as tie-ins for many cartoon shows, such as Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garfield, and Scooby Doo.

    • Andrew: Oh, cool. Gauze and alcohol... Tape and, oh, sutures, if we want to get stitchy with it.
      Andrew is playing with the title of Will Smith's song, "Gettin' Jiggy With It." This song was released and became a hit in 1997, the same year Buffy the Vampire Slayer began it's first season on the WB.

    • Spike: Have you gone completely Carrot Top?
      Carrot Top is the stage name of an American comedian, Scott Thompson. He is known for his insanely hilarious, yet crazy and eccentric, props and gags.

    • Spike: Found the Holy Grail. Or the Holy Hand Grenade, or whatever the hell that is.
      The holy hand grenade was a weapon that featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Holy Grail is a legendary object of Christian mythology that is usually said to have been the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper.

    • Buffy: Yeah, I figured that one out when I King Arthured it out of the stone.
      The legend of King Arthur tells the story of a mythical sword embedded in stone. The one who could pull it out was to become King. The young Arthur pulled the sword out with ease much like Buffy did with the scythe. Also the scythe was referenced to as the Holy Grail which is also a part of the legend around King Arthur.