Alexander 'Xander' Harris
Nitpick: The gates of the demon dimension will close when the Key's blood stops flowing, ie the Key is dead/consumed. Even if Buffy and Dawn share the same blood, Buffy's death should not stop Dawn's bleeding.
Goof: According to her tombstone, Buffy was born in 1981, but in the episode "I Robot, You Jane" it mentions that Buffy is born on May 6, 1979.
Goof: When Buffy first starts the fight with Glory, you can clearly see that it's a stunt double. You can tell this when you see BuffyBot flip Glory onto the brick pile and then proceed to try and punch her.
Nitpick: Why didn't real Buffy go and rescue Dawn while the BuffyBot was keeping Glory occupied? It wasn't because she wanted to stall Glory long enough, because when Dawn screams for Buffy, Buffy runs up the tower to try and save her.
Goof: While Tara and Willow break apart the crowd of people for Spike, you can clearly see one of the girls falling from the 'spell' start to crack up laughing as she falls on the ground.
Goof: After the portal opens there are several shots of the destruction it's causing. One shot is a lightning bolt hitting the road causing a car to swerve and a man in the background running funny. If you have a look at "Shadow" the snake creature's slithering down the same street with the same swerving car and in "The Gift" instead of the slithering snake there's a huge hole in the road and the funny running man.
Goof: When the gang are cowering from the mayhem a brick is thrown landing behind Anya's head. In the next shot it's gone.
Goof: There is a shot of Spike fighting two of Glory's minions followed by a long shot of exactly the same thing happening (a complete blow by blow copy).
Goof: When Buffy is running away from Dawn to jump into the portal, you can see that the view of the city is fake. Just as Buffy starts to run and the camera follows, you'll see that the backgrounds are completely two-dimensional and also, they are cut off at the bottom so that it looks even more fake.
Nitpick: Giles seemed to have recovered a little too quickly from his injuries. When he got out of hospital last episode, he seemed to be in enough pain that he couldn't even raise his arm to get his jacket on, yet here he is as fit as a fiddle.
Nitpick: The portal is destroying everything in every dimension, it manages to destroy some ground and City Hall, yet it fails to harm the giant tower which is the closest thing to the portal.
Nitpick: Anya is standing practically under the tower, so where do the bricks that she saves Xander from come from?
Goof: When Spike falls off the tower the stuntman's jeans are blue but when he hits the ground they are black.
Goof: When Buffy is giving Dawn her big speech at the end and the camera pulls away, you can see that Dawn's feet have no blood on them, but we have just seen blood all over them when the portal is about to open.
Goof: After Murk says "This will be our day of Glory!" you can see the padding on his chest, for when he gets shot with a crossbow.
Buffy: I'm counting on you to protect her.
Spike: 'Til the end of the world. Even if that happens to be tonight.
Giles: If the ritual starts every living creature in this and every other dimension imaginable will suffer unbearable torment and death. Including Dawn.
Buffy: Then the last thing she'll see is me protecting her.
Giles: You'll fail. You'll die. We all will.
Buffy: I'm sorry. I love you all, but I'm sorry.
Buffy: This is how many Apocalypses for us now?
Giles: Six at least.
Buffy: Feels like a hundred.
Willow: (to Buffy) We'll solve this. We will. Don't have another coma, okay?
Buffy: It's strange. You're not as blurry with speed as usual.
Glory: The witch...
Buffy: It's not her. Might be this. I heard it's supposed to repel you. So my guess is you probably shouldn't touch it, either.
Spike: And you are a glorified bricklayer.
Xander: I also happen to be an excellent bowler.
Anya: He has his own shoes.
Spike: The gods themselves do tremble.
Guy: But... you're just a girl.
Buffy: That's what I keep saying.
Spike: Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It's what keeps you going. Makes you warm. Makes you hard. Makes you other than dead.
Buffy: I sacrificed Angel to save the world. I loved him so much. But I knew what was right. I don't have that anymore. I don't understand. I don't know how to live in this world if these are the choices. If everything just gets stripped away. I don't see the point. I just wish that... I just wish my mom was here.
Glory: (Glory knocks the BuffyBot's head off) Huh. Wow. The Slayer's a robot. Did everybody else know the Slayer was a robot?
Buffy: Glory. (Buffy hits Glory with the hammer and sends her flying against the fence) You're not the brightest God in the heavens are you?
Buffy: Dawn, listen to me. Listen. I love you. I will always love you. But this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles ... tell Giles I figured it out. And, and I'm okay. And give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have to take care of each other. You have to be strong. Dawn, the hardest thing in this world ... is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.
Xander: Smart chicks are sooo hot. (looking fondly at Anya)
Willow: You couldn't have figured that out in tenth grade?
Giles: Buffy couldn't kill you, because she's a hero. She's not like us.
Ben: Us? (Giles suffocates him to death)
Ben: Look, I ... I wish there was another way.
Dawn: And I wish you'd fall on your head and drown in your own barf, so ... I guess we're both disappointed.
Tara: Willow? I got so lost.
Willow: I found you. I will always find you.
Buffy: We're bloody well talking about this. Tell me to kill my sister.
Giles: She's not your sister.
The final scene in this episode won a fan poll for most memorable moment in a drama series, and was going to be featured prominently in a segment on the 60th Annual Emmy Awards program. Unfortunately, time ran short and that segment had to be cut.
Joss Whedon originally planned this episode to be the series finale at the beginning of season five. He knew he was going to kill off both Joyce and Buffy and didn't know how the Dawn character would be received. Midway through the season he received an offer to move the show to the UPN network. Whedon decided that there was still a lot of things he could do with the show and accepted the offer. Buffy ran for two more years on UPN after season five.
In the scene where Spike lands on the bricks after being thrown from the tower, stuntman Steve Tartalia landed in an awkward position and ended up having a piece of brick collide very hard against his testicles.
When Buffy asks Giles how many Apocalypses there were, he answers 6, but it feels like a 100. This seems appropriate, since it's the 100th Buffy episode.
The "Previously on..." episode recap showed scenes from the previous five seasons. Included were the original introductions to the main characters, plus when Buffy was called.
While this recap is not on the Season 5 DVDs, you can find it as an easter egg on the Season 7 DVD set.
This is the second time that Buffy has officially died, but not the second time that we've seen her dead. The first was in "Nightmares", where she was turned by the Master, then in both "Prophecy Girl" and "The Wish" she was killed by the Master. This death would make four, and it could be debated as whether or not she died in "Villains", as she flat lined.
When Buffy asks how many Apocalypses this makes, Giles replies "Six, at least"; they are referring to the ones that were stopped in "The Harvest", "Prophecy Girl", "Becoming (2)", "The Zeppo", "Doomed", and this one.
It was rumored that this episode was going to be a two-hour television event called "Centenary" and to feature almost every single character from previous seasons including the entire Angel cast.
Earlier in the season, it was rumored that the entire town of Sunnydale would be sucked into the Hellmouth in the finale. Although it has never been completely confirmed, Joss had another plan for the season. The original idea was to have Anya die in the rubble, Xander be Glory's other half (instead of Ben), Willow was going to become evil after Tara's death and join forces with Glory, and Dawn was to be bled by Evil Willow in the end, and Sunnydale was supposed to be completely destroyed by the Hellmouth.
Spike's invitation into Buffy's house (rescinded in "Crush") is re-issued in this episode when the two go there to gather weapons.
When Tara walks out of the magic shop, she yells to Giles "You are a killer!" In the end, when Glory is weakened and morphs into Ben, Giles kills him.
Spoiler haters in the UK had a understandable reason to complain before this episode aired, as it was nearly impossible not to be informed of what was going to happen. One national newspaper ran a "Buffy Dies" special and the normally dependable Sky One kept showing trailers with Buffy's grave, the first trailer running directly after "The Weight of the World".
This is the last original episode to air on the Warner Bros. Network. Because of this, the WB promoted this episode as the "series finale" and not the "season finale" since the show will air on UPN for season six.
Buffy's epitaph reads:
Buffy Anne Summers
She Saved the World
Willow: I could use some courage.
This is a reference to the Wizard of Oz, with Willow being compared to the cowardly Lion.
Spike: Well, not exactly the St. Crispins's Day Speech, was it?
The St. Crispins's Day Speech from William Shakespeare's play Henry V is considered one of the greatest call-to-arms speeches in English literature. Henry gives this speech before his troops attack Callais, to inspire his weakened, frightened, and outnumbered men on to battle.
Willow: I could use some courage (Spike offers a drink). No, the real kind.
Dutch courage is a term for the false feeling of invulnerability experienced when drunk. Also referred to as "liquid courage."
As the scoobies approach the site Tara is leading them to, Xander catches his first glimpse of the tower and utters "Shpedoinkle". The phrase "shpedoinkle" comes from the movie Cannibal - The Musical where it is used with no exact meaning but it is said when traumatic or exciting revelations are made.
Cannibal - The Musical is a comedic version of the story of Alfred Packer and was written and directed by Trey Parker, one of the creators of South Park.
Spike: We band 'o buggered.
Spike is hilariously mangling the quote which Giles begins reciting from the famous "St. Crispin's Day" speech in "Henry V": "We few, we happy few. We band of brothers."
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