Season 5 Episode 40

The Final Duel (4)

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Jun 10, 2006 on The WB
out of 10
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Episode Summary

As the duel between Atem and Yugi rages on, Atem has his Dark Magician on the field. Atem says that if Yugi can’t beat it, he is not ready to separate from him. Can Yugi manage to pull through and beat the Pharaoh and finally be ready to say goodbye to him?moreless

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  • mostly good end

    i liked most of this episode, such as when yugi broke down crying after defeating atem. but i don't like the final scene, when everyone runs out after the building collapsed. To me, it felt rushed, especially the final lines by Kaiba, Joey and Yugi. But the rest of this episode, and the final duel between yugi and atem in general, was pretty good. Lots of surprises during the overall duel and lots of shocks that make you guess what is next to come, as the way the show ultimately ends. My overall grade for this is a B because I feel the ending was rushed. Still goodmoreless
  • This episode marks the end of a great series.

    I really liked this episode. I watched the whole Yu-Gi-Oh series and memorized each by heart... well not by heart. Anyway, the way how such great friends parted makes me wonder if life really has a meaning, because when everything goes wrong, Yugi had always depended on Atem, and Atem on Yugi. The influence they had on each other. This episode showed how Yugi finally got enough courage to live his life without Atem, even though they would be sad for a long time, they knew that it was for the right reasons that Atem needed to return to his home.moreless
  • This was an excellent ending to a decent series.

    Yu-Gi-Oh was not the best anime ever made but it was still fun to watch. This episode, the finale, was probably one of the best episodes in the series. It ended with a bang. It was sad to see Yami go, seeing as he was a cool character. I think this was the best possible finale for Yu-Gi-Oh!. The episode only has one cheesy moment and that's the friendship speeach Tea' gives close to the end, but I guess it's understandable, seeing how Yami is leaving to the afterlife. The duel was really close and it will keep you guessing who is going to win.moreless
  • 10/10 is not a high enough score.

    This episode marks the end of a truely fantastic series that i loved watching. The way Yugi defeated the egyption gods was incredible and showed that he truly was ready to say goodbye to the pharoh. Inspite of all this the best part was Kiba admitting he was wrong finally. The season final was heartbreaking as they all said thier final goodbyes to the king of Egypt. Brilliant end to a Brilliant TV show, but when you think about it it couldn't have ended any other way. The pharoh would have had to leave at sometime because the plot lines would have got rediculous.moreless
  • The ending to the Yu-gi-oh series where Yugi must defeat Atem.

    I cried so hard at the end of the episode. I followed Yu-gi-oh from day one and loved every minute of it. Though I wished Atem stayed, I could never picture a better ending to the show. The classic battle between Yugi and Atem is the best duel in the whole series. There's twists and turns during the whole duel with changes you never expected. And when Atem finally has to leave it's the saddest moment ever. I was bawling my eyes out. It was the ending to an amazing story line and an amazing show. I just pray to God they can make an equally amazing sequel.moreless
Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas

Guardian Mahad

Recurring Role

Bella Hudson

Bella Hudson

Dark Magician Girl

Recurring Role

Michael Alston Baley

Michael Alston Baley

Odion Ishtar

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Yugi defeats Atem.

    • This marks the fourth and final time the Pharoah loses a duel (the other three times to Pegasus in the second episode, Kaiba in Duelist Kingdom, and to Rafael during the Waking the Dragons season).

    • When the door to the afterlife opens, it shows all of the people that were involved in this season including Guardian Seto and Aknamkanon, Atem's father.

    • When Atem defeats Yugi during the Waking the Dragons Arc, Atem defeats Yugi with 200 life points remaining. Now, in the final duel, Yugi defeats Atem with 200 life points remaining.

    • If Yugi didn't have anything to discard for the effect of "Spell Textbook", he shouldn't have been able to use it, since discarding cards is usually a cost.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mokuba: Oh man, Yugi's up against his favorite monster. We should sell tickets to this.

    • Atem: I am the son of King Aknamkanon. My name is Atem!

    • Tristan: (After the the tomb collapsed) So this is the end? Feels weird.
      Joey: Yeah.
      Seto: What were you geeks expecting?
      Joey: Fireworks, sappy music, something... At least make up one of your wrap-up speeches, Yug.
      Yugi: Well, sometimes the end of one adventure is the begining of a another.
      Joey: Ahh, much better.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was featured on 4Kids TV's Best Duel Ever two hour marathon on September 2, 2006.

    • The original ending:

      Yugi, Tea, Joey, Tristan, Duke, Grandpa, Kaiba and Mokuba all leave Egypt and return to Domino. In the airport, they meet up with Rebecca and Serenity. Yugi and Rebecca hug as they see each other again. Weevil and Rex Raptor get into an argument again and decide to duel. Zigfried and Leon von Schroeder make a business proposition with Pegasus, which turns to their favor. Mako sets sail for his fishing trip to be met up with Espa Roba at the harbor. Mai and Vivian are facing a two-on-two duel against the Paradox Brothers atop the Great Wall of China. The credits end with a cut-scene where Grandpa is sweeping while Yugi comes out from the house to join Tea, Joey and Tristan to go to school. Yugi ends the show by saying that his story has not ended and that his story is not about a Pharaoh who after three-thousand years defeated the evil Zorc. In fact, he says that his story is just beginning.

    • KidsWB uses the promo title End Game for this episode.