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Encyclopedia > End of Days (Buffy episode)
“End of Days”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 21
Guest stars Anthony Stewart Head
   (Giles)
Tom Lenk
   (Andrew)
Nathan Fillion
   (Caleb)
Eliza Dushku
   (Faith)
Iyari Limon
   (Kennedy)
Sarah Hagan
   (Amanda)
David Boreanaz
   (Angel)
Written by Jane Espenson and Douglas Petrie
Directed by Marita Grabiak
Production no. 7ABB20
Original airdate May 13, 2003
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"End of Days" is the 21st episode of the seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer that sets everything up for the final battle. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American cult television series that initially aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Buffy721. ... Anthony Stewart Head (born 20 February 1954) is an English actor who has appeared in theatre, television and films. ... Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Thomas Lenk (born June 16, 1976) is an actor best known for playing the character of Andrew Wells in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Andrew Wells is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Tom Lenk. ... Nathan Fillion (born March 27, 1971) is a Canadian actor. ... Caleb (played by Nathan Fillion) is a fictional character in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe created by Joss Whedon. ... Eliza Patricia Dushku (born December 30, 1980) is an American film actress, who has appeared in several Hollywood movies such as True Lies, Bring It On, and Wrong Turn. ... Faith Lehane (known in the TV series only as Faith) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, portrayed by Eliza Dushku. ... Iyari Perez Limon (born July 8, 1979 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México) is an actress best known for her role as Kennedy on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Kennedy (surname unknown) is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Sarah Margaret Hagan (born May 24, 1984 in Austin, Texas) is an American television and movie actress. ... Spoiler warning: This article contains plot details or endings of some or all of the Whedonverse productions Buffy, Angel, Fray Missing image Sarah Hagan as Amanda In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amanda (played by Sarah Hagan) is the first potential Slayer to be named, though we do not know who... David Paul Boreanaz (born May 16, 1969) is an American film and television actor. ... Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Jane Espenson is an American writer who has worked on several television series and comic books, as well as on a variety of other projects. ... Douglas Petrie is most well known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, having written the scripts for seventeen episodes, and directed three. ... Marita Jane Grabiak is an American television director. ... is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Touched is the 20th episode of the seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which Buffy finds the key to victory and almost everybody ends up in bed. ... Chosen, the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is Episode 22 of Season 7. ... The Chosen Collection of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seasons 1 - 10). ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American cult television series that initially aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. ...

Contents

Plot synopsis

Summary

Starting moments after the the previous episode ended, End of Days begins as Buffy effortlessly pulls the scythe from the stone. The First tells Caleb to let Buffy go, so that she could attempt to save the Potentials from the trap Faith led them into. Meanwhile, in the sewers, those that survived the bomb blast are dragging the wounded to the surface when they are ambushed by three Turok-Han vampires. Buffy arrives in time to kill the vampires with her new weapon. Touched is the 20th episode of the seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which Buffy finds the key to victory and almost everybody ends up in bed. ...


Back at Buffy's house, the Potentials and Faith pledge their loyalty to Buffy again, while Willow and Giles search the Internet for references to the scythe - finding a connection to Ancient Egypt. Faith and Buffy bond over their shared loneliness as Slayers, and reflect how they are the only ones in the group who truly understand what it feels like to be a Slayer. Buffy admits to Spike how special the night they shared was and that it gave her the strength to find new courage.


At Buffy's insistence, a reluctant Xander renders Dawn unconscious with chloroform and drives off with her, away from Sunnydale for safety. When Dawn wakes up, she gives him a shock with a Taser and then drives them back.


Following the Egyptian lead, Buffy takes the scythe to a small pyramid outside the gates of the same cemetery that she has patrolled for the past six years. Inside, a woman who claims she is part of a secret female order that has watched the Watchers since ancient times tells her that the scythe is a powerful weapon forged for the final battle. Suddenly, Caleb shows up from behind the woman, kills her, and almost has Buffy bested when Angel steps in to save her. However, Buffy insists on fighting Caleb alone, and Caleb falls.


Buffy gives Angel a welcome kiss. Unknown to them, Spike is watching them from the shadows with the First by his side. "That bitch", it tells him.


Expanded overview

The bomb explodes seconds after Faith's warning, sending Faith and the other girls flying. Meanwhile, Caleb finds Buffy as she discovers the scythe and she surprises him by pulling the scythe effortlessly out of the rock in which it is embedded. The First convinces Caleb to let Buffy leave, hinting that Faith and the others are in trouble. The girls that survived the blast (including Kennedy, Amanda, Vi, Rona, and Caridad) gather and they find Faith's unconscious body in a pool of water. As a demonic growl sounds, the girls take Faith and run through the tunnels for the nearest escape. As they make it over a pile of rubble, one of the Ubervamps leaps at them. Kennedy tells them all to form a circle so they can fight as one. At the house, the gang enjoy a selection of junk food and snacks taken from the abandoned grocery store while they wait for the others to return. Xander, Willow, Dawn and Anya return without having found Buffy and the news gets worse as Giles confirms that they haven't heard from Faith yet either.


The girls quickly find themselves surrounded by three Ubervamps and struggle to fight the powerful vampires. One Potential is torn apart, and just as one Ubervamp grabs Kennedy by the throat, Buffy crashes down through the ceiling above with the scythe in hand. She quickly disposes of the three Ubervamps, then directs the girls to take the wounded and follow her out of there. The wounded are tended to at the house and Faith is taken upstairs. Giles, Willow and Buffy discuss the scythe and what little they know about it. Buffy just knows that she knew it belonged to her and asks them to research anything they can find on it to determine its significance. Anya and Andrew clean one of the girl's wounds and talk about the poor medical care they're offering the wounded. Realizing they're lacking materials, Andrew suggests they go to the hospital, which is likely abandoned, to get the supplies they need and asks Anya to join him.


Buffy asks Xander to do something, but he doesn't like the idea of not being there with her during the final battle. Buffy convinces him that she needs him to do this job because she trusts him. Willow and Giles try to research the weapon, but they don't have much luck. Giles suggests that Willow use magic to tap into the scythe, but Willow is reluctant to open herself up to the dark magic. Willow finds a strange name on a website and Giles recognizes it as symbolism for a scythe. He directs Willow to research the Pagan Temple that the vineyard used to be as he suspects that may be the connection they need. Xander and Dawn search the car for Dawn's crossbow that she assures him she didn't leave there. They joke about his loss of an eye and when Dawn doesn't suspect it, Xander covers her mouth with chloroform and tosses her unconscious body in the car, then speeds off.


At the vineyard, an angry Caleb rants and yells about the Slayer getting out of his grasp, but the First reassures him that they will get her in time. The two prepare to merge, then the First Evil leaves the non-corporeal form of Buffy and enters Caleb. Afterwards, Caleb is left with black eyes and a deeper voice. A newly awakened Faith feels the strength of the scythe. She talks with Buffy about who's going to lead their group now and Faith's guilt over leading the girls into a trap. The two bond over the loneliness felt as the leader and as the Slayer.


Buffy heads downstairs as Spike arrives back at the house and they talk about the scythe and the purpose of their mission. Spike brushes off the night before, but Buffy doesn't let go so easily. She confronts him on the issue and he confesses that the night was the best of his "unlife." Buffy lets him know the night meant something to her, but she can't really specify what her feelings are.

One of the Guardians who helped forge the Scythe.

Anya and Andrew gather bags full of supplies as they chat about the impending battle. Anya confesses that she ran at her first apocalypse, but this time, she feels inspired by the others to keep fighting and not give up. They talk about who's going to die, then play around in wheelchairs. Buffy patrols with the scythe and finds an underground dwelling. An older woman emerges from behind a curtain and reveals that she was one that provided the scythe for her. The woman explains the history of the scythe and implies that Buffy could win this battle. Suddenly, Caleb appears behind her, breaking her neck. Dawn slowly comes awake as Xander drives them away from town. Dawn asks questions about what happened and where they're going, but Xander just answers her with a note from Buffy. Dawn reads the letter explaining that Buffy wanted the two of them somewhere safe and shocks Xander with a taser. She takes control of the car and turns it around, driving back towards Sunnydale. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Graduation Day, Part One is the 21st episode of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


Buffy and Caleb fight, but Caleb repeatedly blocks her efforts to kill him. Just as Caleb raises the scythe to kill Buffy, Angel arrives and knocks Caleb down. Buffy and Angel briefly exchange pleasantries then Angel realizes Buffy has to do this fight herself and stands back to watch as she battles Caleb. In the end, Buffy slices Caleb across the chest with her scythe, and he appears to be dead. Buffy and Angel reunite with a kiss. As the two kiss, Spike and the First in Buffy's form watch from the shadows. Angel (born 1727 in Galway, Ireland) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the television programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ...


Writing and acting

Like previous episodes, the main thrust of the plot is advanced through deus ex machina devices. Examples here include the little pyramid that Buffy only now notices after years of patrolling and the secret female society nobody has heard of before. (It should be noted, however, that the pyramid can be seen in earlier episodes, going as far back as Season 2.) // The phrase deus ex machina (literally god out of a machine) describes an unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to resolve a situation or untangle a plot (e. ...


Anya and Andrew share their feelings on death and what it means to be human, setting them up for their last stand in the final episode.

  • Marti Noxon was originally due to write this episode. However, she was already working on a pilot for the Fox television network, Still Life and was unavailable to do so. As a result, Espenson and Petrie, the next two writers with the most seniority on the show, co-wrote this episode.

Acting

Main Cast

Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is a Golden Globe-nominated, Daytime Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Nicholas Brendon (born April 12, 1971 as Nicholas Brendon Schultz in Los Angeles, California), is an actor best known for his character Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). ... Emma Caulfield is an actress best known for her role as ex-demon Anya on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Michelle Christine Trachtenberg (born October 11, 1985) is an American television and film actress. ... James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962) is an American actor and musician, best known for playing the popular platinum-blond character Spike, an English of a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. ... Alyson Hannigan (born March 24, 1974) is an American actress who plays Lily Aldrin in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. ...

Recurring Role

Eliza Patricia Dushku (born December 30, 1980) is an American film actress, who has appeared in several Hollywood movies such as True Lies, Bring It On, and Wrong Turn. ... Anthony Stewart Head (born 20 February 1954) is an English actor who has appeared in theatre, television and films. ... Thomas Lenk (born June 16, 1976) is an actor best known for playing the character of Andrew Wells in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Iyari Perez Limon (born July 8, 1979 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México) is an actress best known for her role as Kennedy on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Sarah Margaret Hagan (born May 24, 1984 in Austin, Texas) is an American television and movie actress. ...

Guest Stars

Nathan Fillion (born March 27, 1971) is a Canadian actor. ... Felicia Day was born June 28, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama to a United States Air Force doctor and his wife. ... Kristy Wu is an American actress of Chinese descent. ... David Paul Boreanaz (born May 16, 1969) is an American film and television actor. ...

Production details

Translations

  • German title: "Das Ende der Zeit (1)" ("The End of Time, Part 1")
  • Italian title: "La Fine dei Giorni" ("The End of Days")
  • French title: "La fin des temps - 1ère partie" ("The End of Times - Part 1")
  • Spanish title: "El Fin De Los Tiempos" ("The End of Time")

Cast and crew

Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is a Golden Globe-nominated, Daytime Emmy Award-winning American actress. ... Buffy Anne Summers is the eponymous fictional character in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television program of the same name and its numerous spin-offs, such as novels, comic books, and video games. ... Alyson Hannigan (born March 24, 1974) is an American actress who plays Lily Aldrin in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. ... Willow Rosenberg (born either in 1980 or very early 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Nicholas Brendon (born April 12, 1971 as Nicholas Brendon Schultz in Los Angeles, California), is an actor best known for his character Xander Harris in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). ... Alexander LaVelle Xander Harris (born 1981 in Sunnydale, California) is a fictional character in the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Anthony Stewart Head (born 20 February 1954) is an English actor who has appeared in theatre, television and films. ... Rupert Giles is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television program, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962) is an American actor and musician, best known for playing the popular platinum-blond character Spike, an English of a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. ... Spike (aka William The Bloody) is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. ... Michelle Christine Trachtenberg (born October 11, 1985) is an American television and film actress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Emma Caulfield is an actress best known for her role as ex-demon Anya on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Spoiler warning: Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins (born 860 in Sjornjost, Sweden and died 2003 in Sunnydale, California), formerly Aud and Anyanka, Patron Saint of Scorned Women, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the cult television program Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Woodside as Wayne Palmer in 24. ... Principal Robin Wood is a recurring character on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Marita Jane Grabiak is an American television director. ... Jane Espenson is an American writer who has worked on several television series and comic books, as well as on a variety of other projects. ... Douglas Petrie is most well known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, having written the scripts for seventeen episodes, and directed three. ...

Quotes and trivia

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer#End of Days
Faith: "Thank God we're hot chicks with superpowers."
Spike: "Found the holy grail. Or the holy hand grenade, or whatever the hell that is."
  • The concept of the Scythe was previously and originally created for Joss Whedon's comic series, Fray. The weapon was given more exposure to the Buffyverse when Whedon then included it in the television series.
  • Dawn, when searching the car with Xander, says "I don't leave crossbows around all willy-nilly. Well, not since that time with Ms. Kitty Fantastico," referring to the pet introduced in season four that had since become rarely mentioned and even less often seen.

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Continuity

Arc significance

Buffy is back in command and has a new weapon, though the full extent of its power still remains unclear.


Caleb finally seems beaten, leaving the First without a champion.


Buffy has a series of talks, first with Xander, then with Faith, and finally with Spike. They bring her close to her friends again, but at the same time reinforce the feeling of doom. Angel's sudden appearance would seem to complicate her relationship with Spike, though.


Timing

  • Stories that take place around the same time in the Buffyverse:
Location, time
(if known)
Buffyverse: January 2003 - Spring 2003
(non-canon = italic)
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.11 Showtime
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.12 Potential
L.A., 2003 A4.11 Soulless
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.13 The Killer in Me
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.14 First Date
L.A., 2003 A4.12 Calvary
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.15 Get It Done
L.A., 2003 A4.13 Salvage
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.16 Storyteller
L.A., 2003 A4.14 Release
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.17 Lies My Parents Told Me
L.A., 2003 A4.15 Orpheus
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.18 Dirty Girls
L.A., 2003 A4.16 Players
L.A., 2003 Angel book: Nemesis
L.A., 2003 Angel book: Book of the Dead
L.A., 2003 A4.17 Inside Out
L.A., 2003 A4.18 Shiny Happy People
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.19 Empty Places
L.A., 2003 A4.19 The Magic Bullet
L.A., 2003 A4.20 Sacrifice
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.20 Touched
L.A., 2003 A4.21 Peace Out
L.A., 2003 A4.22 Home
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.21 End of Days
Sunnydale, 2003 B7.22 Chosen

Showtime is an episode of the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... List of Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes Potential is the twelfth episode of season 7 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Killer in Me is the 13th episode of the seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... First Date is the fourteenth episode of season 7 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Get It Done is the 15th episode of season 7 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Salvage is episode 13 of season 4 of the television show Angel. ... Storyteller is the sixteenth episode of season 7 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Dirty Girls is the 18th episode of season 7 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Plot Outline Gwen Raiden returns where she asks Gunn to help her rescue a young woman, named Lisa, from a wealthy and powerful tycoon during a posh party at his high-tech security mansion. ... Canonicity warning: The following is not considered canonical in the Buffyverse: Nemesis is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Angel. ... Canonicity warning: The following is not considered canonical in the Buffyverse: Book of the Dead is a novel based on the U.S. television series Angel, written by and published by Pocket Books. ... Plot Outline Spoiler warning: As the rest of the gang finally learn of Cordelia’s true nature, Angel seeks out and roughs up the characteristic, inter-dimensional demon guide, Skip, to find out why Cordelia has turned evil who tells them that all of the events of the past few... Plot Outline As Cordelia lies in a coma following her demonic delivery, the rest of the gang becomes acquainted with, and enchanted by, her unexpected offspring which is a full grown, young woman, whom Angel names Jasmine, who hypnotizes anyone she meets by mere sight. ... Empty Places is the 19th episode of season 7 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... The Magic Bullet is episode 19 of season 4 of the television show Angel. ... Plot Outline With Fred’s help, Angel and the rest of the group, sans Connor, finally breaks free of Jasmine’s mind-control power and seeks shelter in the sewers beneath the city where they have an encounter with a group of teenage warriors, also in hiding from Jasmine’s... Touched is the 20th episode of the seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which Buffy finds the key to victory and almost everybody ends up in bed. ... Peace Out is episode 21 of season 4 in the television show Angel. ... Home is episode 22 of season 4 in the television show Angel. ... Chosen, the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is Episode 22 of Season 7. ...

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Buffy tells him he's a dope, she got the strength to go get the weapon from being with him.
Buffy tells him he doesn't have to be terrified because she wasn't.
Buffy hands the scythe to the woman, the woman says Buffy drew it from the rock, but the old woman was one of the ones who placed it there.
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