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{{Episode
| season = 7
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|season = 7
| number = 21
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|number = 21
| image = 721_EndOfDays1.jpg‎
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|image = End of Days Buffy 02.jpg
| airdate = May 13, 2003
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|airdate = May 13, [[2003]]
| writer = [[Jane Espenson]]<br />[[Douglas Petrie]]
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|writer = [[Jane Espenson]]<br />[[Douglas Petrie]]
| director = [[Marita Grabiak]]
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|director = [[Marita Grabiak]]
| previous = "[[Touched]]"<br />Angel<br />"[[Home]]"
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|series = ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]''
| next = "[[Chosen]]"
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|previous = "[[Touched]]"
| cast = {{CastList
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|next = "[[Chosen]]"
| starring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Sarah Michelle Gellar|character=Buffy Summers|billed=Buffy}}
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|series2 = ''[[Angel (series)|Angel]]''
| {{CastActor|name=Nicholas Brendon|character=Xander Harris|billed=Xander}}
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|previous2 = "[[Home]]"
| {{CastActor|name=Emma Caulfield|character=Anya Jenkins|billed=Anya}}
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|next2 = "[[Conviction]]"
| {{CastActor|name=Michelle Trachtenberg|character=Dawn Summers|billed=Dawn}}
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|stars = [[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]]<br />[[Nicholas Brendon]] [[Alexander Harris|Xander]]<br />[[Emma Caulfield]] [[Anya Jenkins|Anya]]<br />[[Michelle Trachtenberg]] [[Dawn Summers|Dawn]]<br />[[James Marsters]] [[Spike]]<br />[[Alyson Hannigan]] [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]]
| {{CastActor|name=James Marsters|character=Spike}}
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|special = [[Anthony Stewart Head]] [[Rupert Giles|Giles]]<br />[[Eliza Dushku]] [[Faith Lehane|Faith]]<br />[[Nathan Fillion]] [[Caleb]]
| {{CastActor|name=Alyson Hannigan|character=Willow Rosenberg|billed=Willow}}}}
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|gueststars = [[David Boreanaz]] [[Angel]]<br />[[Tom Lenk]] [[Andrew Wells|Andrew]]<br />[[Sarah Hagan]] [[Amanda (Slayer)|Amanda]]<br />[[Iyari Limon]] [[Kennedy]]<br />[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0372303 Christine Healy] [[Last Guardian|Guardian]]
| specialgueststarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Anthony Stewart Head|character=Rupert Giles|billed=Giles}}
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|costars = [[Felicia Day]] [[Violet|Vi]]<br />[[Dania Ramirez]] [[Caridad]]<br />[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0127530 Lisa Ann Cabasa] [[Injured Girl]]
| {{CastActor|name=Eliza Dushku|character=Faith Lehane|billed=Faith}}
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|uncredited = [[Kristy Wu]] [[Chao-Ahn]]<br />[[Erik Betts]] Uber-Vamp #1<br />[[Melissa Barker]] Buffy Double
| {{CastActor|name=Nathan Fillion|character=Caleb}}}}
 
| gueststarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=David Boreanaz|character=Angel}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Tom Lenk|character=Andrew Wells|billed=Andrew}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Sarah Hagan|character=Amanda (Slayer)|billed=Amanda}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Iyari Limon|character=Kennedy}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Christine Healy|imdb=0372303|character=Last Guardian|billed=Guardian}}}}
 
| costarring = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Felicia Day|character=Violet|billed=Vi}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Dania Ramirez|character=Caridad}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Lisa Ann Cabasa|imdb=0127530|character=Injured Girl}}}}
 
| uncredited = {{CastGroup|{{CastActor|name=Kristy Wu|character=Chao-ahn|billed=Chao-Ahn}}
 
| {{CastActor|name=Erik Betts|billed=Uber-Vamp #1}}}}}}
 
 
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"'''End of Days'''" is the twenty-first episode of the [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer#Season Seven|seventh season]] of ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'', and is the one hundred forty-third episode altogether. It was written by [[Jane Espenson]] and [[Douglas Petrie]] and directed by [[Marita Grabiak]]. It originally broadcast on May 13, 2003.
 
   
The stage is set for the final battle with [[The First]].
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"'''{{PAGENAME}}'''" is the twenty-first episode of the [[Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7|seventh season]] of ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' television show, and the one hundred forty-third episode in the series. Written by [[Jane Espenson]] and [[Douglas Petrie]], and directed by [[Marita Grabiak]], it originally broadcast on May 13, [[2003]] on [[UPN]].
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
[[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] effortlessly pulls the [[Scythe]] from the stone, leaving [[Caleb]] amazed. He is willing to fight her, though probably outmatched now that she has the Scythe. But The First (as Buffy) tells him to let Buffy go, and tells her that she will have to hurry to save her friends in the sewer.
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MOMENTS LIKE THESE — As [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]] takes the [[Mʔ|scythe]] from [[Caleb]] and the [[First Evil|First]], the [[Potential Slayer|potentials]] and [[Faith Lehane|Faith]] suffer losses from the bomb trap left for them. With Faith knocked unconscious, it's up to the girls to make their way out of the sewers, but thankfully Buffy arrives in time to save them from attacking [[Turok-Han|Ubervamps]] and reclaim her role as leader. [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]] and [[Rupert Giles|Giles]] attempt to find more about the origins of the scythe and Buffy has a mission involving [[Dawn Summers|Dawn]] for [[Alexander Harris|Xander]]. [[Andrew Wells|Andrew]] and [[Anya Jenkins|Anya]] head to the now deserted hospital to pick up medical supplies for the wounded SiTs, and Caleb merges with the First to refresh his source of power.
   
Back at the [[Summers' residence]], [[Andrew Wells|Andrew]] has just acquired food, while [[Dawn Summers|Dawn]], [[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]], [[Alexander Harris|Xander]], and [[Anya Jenkins|Anya]] return, having been looking for Buffy only to come across an empty house. Giles informs them that Faith and the others have not returned.
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==Summary==
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Buffy effortlessly pulls the Scythe from the stone, leaving Caleb amazed. He is willing to fight her, though probably outmatched now that she has the Scythe. But The First (as Buffy) tells him to let Buffy go, and tells her that she will have to hurry to save her friends in the sewer.
   
[[Image:721_EndOfDays.jpg|thumb|left|Giles: The scythe is a symbol of death. Let's see where these pagans buried their dead.]]
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Back at the [[1630 Revello Drive|Summers' residence]], Andrew has just acquired food, while Dawn, Willow, Xander, and Anya return, having been looking for Buffy only to come across an empty house. Giles informs them that Faith and the others have not returned.
   
The [[Potential Slayers]] who survived the bomb blast&mdash;[[Kennedy]], [[Amanda (Slayer)|Amanda]], [[Vi]], [[Rona]], and [[Caridad]] among others&mdash;start dragging the unconscious [[Faith Lehane|Faith]] and their other wounded towards the surface when they are ambushed by three [[Turok-Han]] vamps. Kennedy assumes command. All hope seems lost, though, until Buffy shows up with her new weapon and rescues them, killing all three Turok-Han. Back at her house, the Potentials and Scoobies immediately declare Buffy the leader again.
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The Potential Slayers who survived the bomb blast[[Kennedy]], [[Amanda (Slayer)|Amanda]], [[Violet|Vi]], [[Rona]], and [[Caridad]] among othersstart dragging the unconscious Faith and their other wounded towards the surface when they are ambushed by three Turok-Hans. Kennedy assumes command. All hope seems lost, though, until Buffy shows up with her new weapon and rescues them, killing all three Turok-Hans. Back at her house, the Potentials and Scoobies declare Buffy the leader again.
   
[[Willow Rosenberg|Willow]] and [[Rupert Giles|Giles]] immediately look for references to the Scythe on the Internet. During their research, Willow confesses to Giles that she is not sure if she can do real heavy magic, even if she must. They find symbols that suggest a connection to scythes and Ancient Egypt.
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Willow and Giles look for references to the Scythe on the Internet. During their research, Willow confesses to Giles that she is not sure if she can do real heavy magic, even if she must. They find symbols that suggest a connection to scythes and Ancient Egypt.
   
At Buffy's insistence, a reluctant [[Alexander Harris|Xander]] renders [[Dawn Summers|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.
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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.
   
 
At the vineyard, Caleb meets with the First as he spouts his frustration over having to let Buffy leave with the Scythe. The First tells Caleb that his strength is waning and, in order to increase it again, merges with the preacher and lends him its power. Caleb is left with black eyes and declares that he is ready to take Buffy on again.
 
At the vineyard, Caleb meets with the First as he spouts his frustration over having to let Buffy leave with the Scythe. The First tells Caleb that his strength is waning and, in order to increase it again, merges with the preacher and lends him its power. Caleb is left with black eyes and declares that he is ready to take Buffy on again.
 
[[Image:721_EndOfDays3.jpg|thumb|left|The Shadow Men... became the Watchers. And the watchers watched the slayers. But we were watching them."]]
 
   
 
Buffy and Faith make up. Faith admits to Buffy that she was jealous of her friends, and lets it slip that she and Principal Wood have had sex. They both reflect upon how lonely they are as Slayers, and that they are the only ones in the group who truly understand what it feels like to be a Slayer. Buffy then has a personal discussion with [[Spike]], in which they admit how much they feel for each other.
 
Buffy and Faith make up. Faith admits to Buffy that she was jealous of her friends, and lets it slip that she and Principal Wood have had sex. They both reflect upon how lonely they are as Slayers, and that they are the only ones in the group who truly understand what it feels like to be a Slayer. Buffy then has a personal discussion with [[Spike]], in which they admit how much they feel for each other.
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Andrew and Anya head to the hospital to retrieve supplies for the wounded, and have a heart-to-heart about humanity's desire to fight for good. They also have a wheelchair fight.
 
Andrew and Anya head to the hospital to retrieve supplies for the wounded, and have a heart-to-heart about humanity's desire to fight for good. They also have a wheelchair fight.
   
Following the Egyptian lead, Buffy takes the Scythe to a small pyramid that she discovers right outside one of the gates of the same cemetery that she has patrolled for the past six years. Inside, a woman who claims she is part of [[Guardians|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 slices his abdomen with the scythe. Caleb laughs for a moment, then changes expression and falls, seemingly dead.
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Following the Egyptian lead, Buffy takes the Scythe to a small pyramid that she discovers right outside one of the gates of the same cemetery that she has patrolled for the past six years. Inside, [[Last Guardian|a woman]] claims to be the last of the [[Guardians]], a secret female order that has watched the Watchers since ancient times tells. She tells Buffy 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 slices his abdomen with the scythe. Caleb laughs for a moment, then changes expression and falls, seemingly dead.
   
Buffy gives Angel a welcome kiss. Unbeknownst to them, Spike is hiding in the shadows with The First by his side. "That bitch", it tells him.
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Buffy gives Angel a kiss. Unbeknownst to them, Spike is hiding in the shadows with the First by his side. In Buffy's form, it tells him: "That bitch."
 
{{Clear}}
 
   
 
==Continuity==
 
==Continuity==
*The concept of the [[Scythe]] was previously and originally created for [[Joss Whedon]]'s comic series ''[[Fray (series)|Fray]]''. The weapon was given more exposure to the Buffyverse when Whedon then included it in the television series.
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*Spike does not appear until midway through the episode as, when he woke up and found that Buffy had gone, the sun had already risen and he had to wait until nightfall before leaving the house.
*The Scoobies and Potentials welcome Buffy back as the group's undisputed leader when Faith's decisions lead the Potentials into a trap. However, no one observes that Buffy's original plan to take the Potentials with her would also have likely led to numerous fatalities and injuries; Buffy relied upon her Slayer speed and abilities to survive the confrontation. Nor does anyone remark upon the fact that Buffy's intuition happened to be correct, but that at the time there was no evidence to back her up.
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*Anya recalls the events of "[[Graduation Day, Part One]]" when she fled before the battle, and demonstrates how she has grown as a human by explaining why she has chosen to stay around since.
*Spike does not appear until midway through the episode as when he woke up and found that Buffy had gone the sun had already risen and he had to wait until nightfall before leaving the house he had found her in.
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*When Dawn and Xander are in the car looking for her crossbow, she mentions that she doesn't leave it around ever since an incident with [[Miss Kitty Fantastico]], Willow and Tara's cat, which has not been seen since the end of the fifth season.
*Anya recalls the events of [[Graduation Day, Part One]] when she fled before the battle, and demonstrates how she has grown as a human by explaining why she has chosen to stay around since.
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*Xander tells Buffy: "Besides, if you die, I'll just bring you back to life. That's what I do," alluding to his role in resurrecting her in both "[[Prophecy Girl]]" and "[[Bargaining, Part One]]".
*Although when the audience hears Sarah Michelle Gellar's voice-over when Dawn is reading Buffy's letter she reads, "This isn't the place for either of you." The letter itself actually reads, "This isn't the place for either of you right now," but the last two words of the sentence were edited out due to time restrictions. In her letter Buffy tells Dawn 'everything I do is for you'. Both Dawn and Xander, anyway, will fight their fight very bravely and efficiently in final Sunnydale battle.
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*When Anya and Andrew are in the hospital, Andrew says Anya might survive, but he won't. In actuality, in "[[Chosen]]", Anya dies and Andrew survives.
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*This episode is a [[crossover episodes|crossover]] with the ''Angel'' episode "[[Home]]", in which Angel learns of the [[apocalypse]] Buffy is facing and comes to help, arriving just in time to save her from Caleb. However, Angel's outfit when he arrives in Sunnydale is different than the one he was wearing when he left L.A.
 
*This is the first time Buffy and Angel have met face to face since their off-screen meeting between the events of "[[Flooded]]"/"[[Carpe Noctem]]" and "[[Life Serial]]"/"[[Fredless]]".
 
*This is the first time Buffy and Angel have met face to face since their off-screen meeting between the events of "[[Flooded]]"/"[[Carpe Noctem]]" and "[[Life Serial]]"/"[[Fredless]]".
*This episode is a crossover with the ''Angel'' episode "[[Home]]", in which Angel learns of the Apocalypse Buffy is facing and comes to help, arriving just in time to save her from Caleb. However, Angel's outfit when he arrives in Sunnydale is different than the one he was wearing when he left L.A.
 
*When Dawn and Xander are in the car looking for her crossbow, she mentions that she doesn't leave it around ever since an incident with [[Miss Kitty Fantastico]], Willow and Tara's cat, which has not been seen since the end of the fifth season.
 
*At the end of the last episode when opening the box the bomb counter was on 8 and ticked down to 5 before Faith yells "Get down!", at the beginning of this episode when the box is opened the counter is already on 5 and ticking down, the bomb goes off instantly when Faith yells, meaning the girls have no time to actually get down.
 
*When Buffy faces Caleb, portrayed by Nathan Fillion, Angel asks if this is something that she has to take care of on her own, and Buffy replies, "It really is." Nathan Fillion goes on to play Malcolm Reynolds in Joss Whedon's Firefly. During one of the final scenes in the episode "War Stories", Mal's second-in-command Zoe Washburne says, "This is something the captain has to do on his own" — only Mal yells, "No, it really isn't!"
 
*Buffy holds no grudges against the others for kicking her out. Instead she tells Xander how important his friendship is to her and Dawn in her letter that she loves her.
 
*When Xander says "Besides, if you die, I'll just bring you back to life. That's what I do," he's alluding to [[Prophecy Girl]] and [[Bargaining]].
 
*When Anya and Andrew are in the hospital, Andrew says Anya might survive, but he won't. In actuality, in [[Chosen]], Anya dies and Andrew survives.
 
   
== Body Count ==
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==Appearances==
*Two unidentified Potentials killed by explosion
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===Individuals===
*Unidentified Potential, killed by a Turok-Han vampire
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*[[Amanda (Slayer)|Amanda]]
*Three Turok-Han vampires, dusted by Buffy with the Scythe
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*[[Angel]]
*Guardian woman, killed by Caleb
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*[[Caleb]]
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*[[Caridad]]
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*[[Chao-Ahn]]
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*[[First Evil]]
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*[[Rupert Giles]]
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*[[Alexander Harris]]
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*[[Anya Jenkins]]
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*[[Kennedy]]
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*[[Miss Kitty Fantastico]] {{Om}}
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*[[Willow Rosenberg]]
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*[[Sineya]] {{Om}}
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*[[Spike]]
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*[[Buffy Summers]]
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*[[Dawn Summers]]
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*[[Violet]]
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*[[Andrew Wells]]
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*[[Injured Girl]]
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*[[Last Guardian]]
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===Organizations and titles===
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*[[Guardians]] {{Om}}
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*[[Harbingers of Death]]
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*[[Potential Slayer]]
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*[[Scooby Gang]]
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*[[Shadowmen]] {{Om}}
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*[[Slayer]]
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*[[Watcher]]
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*[[Watchers Council]] {{Om}}
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*[[Witch]]
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===Species===
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*[[Old One]] {{Om}}
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*[[Human]]
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*[[Turok-Han]]
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*[[Vampire]]
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===Events===
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*[[Ambush in the sewers]]
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*[[Duel in the Guardian's crypt]]
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*[[Duel at the Vineyard]]
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===Locations===
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*[[Sunnydale]]
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**[[1630 Revello Drive]]
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**[[Guardian's crypt]]
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**[[Shadow Valley Vineyards]]
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**[[Sunnydale Memorial]]
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===Weapons and objects===
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*[[3PCE187]]
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*[[Axe of Dekeron]] {{Om}}
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*[[Black Knight's Hatchet]] {{Om}}
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*[[Bringers' knife]]
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*''[[History of the Axe]]''
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*[[Mʔ]]
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*[[Reaper of the Tigris]] {{Om}}
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*[[Seal of Danzalthar]] {{Om}}
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*''[[Search]]''
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*[[Sword of Moskva]] {{Om}}
   
== Behind the Scenes ==
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==Death count==
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*Two unidentified Potentials, killed with the explosion.
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*An unidentified Potential, killed by a Turok-Han.
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*Three Turok-Hans, dusted by Buffy with the Scythe.
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*The Last Guardian, killed by Caleb.
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==Behind the scenes==
 
===Production===
 
===Production===
*This episode was filmed before "[[Touched]]", even though it aired after, because [[Eliza Dushku]] needed time to film her pilot for ''[[Wikipedia:Tru Calling|Tru Calling]]''.
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*[[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.{{cite}}
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*This episode was filmed before "[[Touched]]", even though it aired after, because [[Eliza Dushku]] needed time to film her pilot for ''[[Wikipedia:Tru Calling|Tru Calling]]''.{{cite}}
*This episode features the actors who play the lead characters in all of [[Joss Whedon]]'s television shows. [[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]], [[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel (series)|Angel]], [[Nathan Fillion]] played [[firefly:Malcolm Reynolds|Malcolm Reynolds]] in [[firefly:Main Page|Firefly]], and [[Eliza Dushku]] played [[w:c:dollhouse:Echo|Echo]] on [[w:c:dollhouse:Dollhouse Wiki|Dollhouse]].
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*This episode features the actors who play the lead characters in all of [[Joss Whedon]]'s television shows. [[Sarah Michelle Gellar]] as [[Buffy Summers|Buffy]], [[David Boreanaz]] as [[Angel]], [[Nathan Fillion]] played [[firefly:Malcolm Reynolds|Malcolm Reynolds]] in [[firefly:Main Page|Firefly]], and [[Eliza Dushku]] played [[w:c:dollhouse:Echo|Echo]] on [[w:c:dollhouse:Dollhouse Wiki|Dollhouse]].
 
*[[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, [[Jane Espenson|Espenson]] and [[Douglas Petrie|Petrie]], the next two writers with the most seniority on the show, co-wrote this episode.
 
   
 
===Broadcast===
 
===Broadcast===
 
*The DVD version of this episode is actually missing a scene. Since the Region 1 DVDs do not contain the "Previously on..." segments, the editor made a goof in cutting out the actual scene that included seeing the girls being blasted right before cutting to Buffy grabbing the Scythe. The other region DVDs contain this scene.
 
*The DVD version of this episode is actually missing a scene. Since the Region 1 DVDs do not contain the "Previously on..." segments, the editor made a goof in cutting out the actual scene that included seeing the girls being blasted right before cutting to Buffy grabbing the Scythe. The other region DVDs contain this scene.
   
===Deleted Scenes===
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===Deleted scenes===
 
*This line was cut:
 
*This line was cut:
 
:'''Willow:''' "It doesn't have any markings. Would it be so hard to include a little sticker? 'Hello. My name is Blank of the Blankthuselah, consult operating instruction before wielding'."
 
:'''Willow:''' "It doesn't have any markings. Would it be so hard to include a little sticker? 'Hello. My name is Blank of the Blankthuselah, consult operating instruction before wielding'."
   
=== Pop Culture References ===
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===Pop culture references===
*Spike congratulates Buffy for finding "the Holy Grail... Or the Holy Hand Grenade". This is a reference to ''[[Wikipedia: Monty Python and the Holy Grail|Monty Python and the Holy Grail]]'', which features the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch".
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*Spike congratulates Buffy for finding "the Holy Grail... Or the Holy Hand Grenade". This is a reference to ''[[wikipedia: Monty Python and the Holy Grail|Monty Python and the Holy Grail]]'', which features the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch".
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*Buffy mentions having "King Arthured" the scythe from the stone, referring to the legend of [[wikipedia:King Arthur|King Arthur]] and the sword in the stone.
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*Buffy mentions that the Guardian's temple has a [[wikipedia:Luxor Las Vegas|Luxor Casino]] theme.
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*Anya banters with Andrew about killing a large monster by detonating an oxygen tank in its mouth, such as in the film ''[[wikipedia:Jaws (film)|Jaws]]'' (1975).
   
*Upon seeing the Scythe Giles tells Buffy “It's obviously mystical in origin” to which Buffy replies “I figured that one out when I King Arthured it out of the stone”, referring to the sword Arthur pulled from the stone (not to be confused with [[Wikipedia: Excalibur|Excalibur]], which was given to him by the Lady of the Lake). Actually, the Lady of the Lake gave Excalibur to Uther Pendragon (Arthur and Morgaine's father), who thrust it into a rock. In the myth, it's the same sword.
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===Goofs, bloopers & continuity errors===
*Buffy mentions that the scythe has a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxor_Las_Vegas Luxor Casino] theme.
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*When the Potentials are backing away from the third Turok-Han, a Potential can be seem being grabbed by a Turok-Han. In the next scene, the same Turok-Han jumps down and grabs the same Potential. 
*Anya banters with Andrew about killing a large monster by detonating an oxygen tank in its mouth, such as in Jaws.
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*During Buffy's fight with the Turok-Han, right after the last Turok-Han hits her, the actor's blue underpants can be seen as the vampire lands.
   
 
===Music===
 
===Music===
*[[Robert Duncan]]- original score
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*[[Robert Duncan]] "Recap / the Scythe"
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*Robert Duncan — "Escape the Wreckage"
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*Robert Duncan — "Buffy Saves the Girls"
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*Robert Duncan — "The Wounded"
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*Robert Duncan — "Xander Grabs Dawn"
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*Robert Duncan — "Faith the Loner"
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*Robert Duncan — "Spike and Buffy"
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*Robert Duncan — "Angel Arrives"
   
 
===International titles===
 
===International titles===
*'''German''': Das Ende der Zeit - Teil 1 (''The End of Time - Part 1'')
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*'''Armenian:''' "Աշխարհի վերջը" (End of the World)
*'''French''': La Fin des temps - Partie 1 (''The End of Time - Part 1'')
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*'''Czech:''' "Poslední dny" (Last Days)
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*'''Finnish:''' "Päiväsi ovat luetut" (Your Days Are Numbered)
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*'''French:''' "La Fin des temps — Partie 1" (The End of Time — Part 1)
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*'''German:''' "Das Ende der Zeit — Teil 1" (The End of Time — Part 1)
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*'''Hungarian:''' "A napok meg vannak számlálva" (The Days Are Numbered)
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*'''Italian:''' "La Fine dei Giorni" (The End of Days)
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*'''Japanese:''' "時代の終わり" (End of an Era)
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*'''Polish:''' "I stanie się koniec" (And It Will Be Over)
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*'''Portuguese (Brazil):''' "Final dos Tempos" (End of Time)
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*'''Romanian:''' "Sfârșitul zilelor" (End of Days)
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*'''Russian:''' "Конец света" (Doomsday)
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*'''Spanish (Latin America):''' "Fin del Día" (End of the Day)
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*'''Spanish (Spain):''' "El Fin de los Tiempos" (The End of Time)
   
=== Goofs, Bloopers & Continuity Errors ===
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===Adaptations===
*When the Potentials are backing away from the third Turok-Han, you can see a Potential being grabbed by a Turok-Han. In the next scene, you see the same Turok-Han jump down and grab the same Potential. 
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*The book ''[[Chosen: The One]]'' includes a novelization of this episode, along with all season 7.
*During Buffy's fight with the Turok-Han, right after the last Turok-Han hits Buffy, the actor's blue underpants can be seen as the vampire lands.
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*Two [[Deluxe action figures]] were produced based on Buffy and Faith in this episode, as well as a [[Tooned Up]] maquette of Buffy.
*Buffy did not know about the plans the Scoobies had made under Faith's leadership, but she seems to have no problem finding her friends to help them out after the explosion. Anyway, the mental link Buffy and Faith have, being both Slayers (for bad or for good) surely gives Buffy a hint about where Faith is and if in danger.
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*The guardian claimed that the scythe was forged centuries ago in secrecy and kept it hidden from the [[Shadow Men]], yet the Shadow Men lived thousands of years ago.
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*At the time the episode was first announced, many fan sites claimed that executive producer Marti Noxon would play the Last Guardian,<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/buffy/indetail/endofdays/trivia.shtml "Cult - Buffy - Episode Guide - End of Days"]. ''BBC''. Retrieved September 29, 2019.</ref> which proved to be false.
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==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
 
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|Dawn|"I told you, I don't leave crossbows around all willy-nilly. Not since that time with Miss Kitty Fantastico."
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|Dawn|"I told you, I don’t leave crossbows around all willy-nilly. Not since that time with Miss Kitty Fantastico."
 
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|Xander|"I just always thought that I would ... I would be there with you ... you know, for the end."
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|Caleb|''(Preparing to kill Buffy)'' "I was hoping it would be this way."
|Buffy|"Hey."
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|Angel|"Hey!" ''(Punches Caleb in the face)'' "I never was much for preachers."
|Xander|"Well, not that this is the end."
 
|Buffy|"Thanks a lot."
 
|Xander|"No, no, no. By the end, I meant, uh ... a heroic, uplifting way. See, I'm still optimistic. You're just thrown off a little by this gritty-looking eye patch."
 
|Buffy|"I know what you meant."
 
|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 made it this far. I trust you with my life. That's why I need you to do this for me."
 
|Xander|"OK."
 
|Buffy|"Also, you can't shoot a bow and arrow anymore, and every time you pick up a sword, I worry that you're gonna break one of our good lamps."
 
|Xander|"Hey ..."
 
|Buffy|"Don't look at me. You're the one who said I'm gonna die."
 
|Xander|"I never said you were gonna die. I—I implied that you were gonna die. It's totally different."
 
|Buffy|"Yeah, OK. Sure."
 
|Xander|"Besides, if you die, I'll just bring you back to life. That's what I do."
 
 
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|Caleb|''[preparing to kill Buffy]'' "I was hoping it would be this way."
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|Angel| ''(Watching Buffy fight)'' "God I missed watching this."
|Angel|"Hey!" ''[Caleb turns around and is punched in the face by Angel, knocking him out for a moment. Angel helps a shocked Buffy up]'' "I never was much for preachers."
 
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|Angel| ''[watching Buffy fight]'' "God I missed watching this."
 
 
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|Andrew|"I think I'd like to finish out as one of those lame humans trying to do what's right."
 
|Andrew|"I think I'd like to finish out as one of those lame humans trying to do what's right."
|Anya|''[Sighs]'' "Yeah."
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|Anya|''(Sighs)'' "Yeah."
|Andrew|"So ... wheel chair fight?"
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|Andrew|"So... wheel chair fight?"
 
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Latest revision as of 03:12, April 20, 2020


"End of Days" is the twenty-first episode of the seventh season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, and the one hundred forty-third episode in the series. Written by Jane Espenson and Douglas Petrie, and directed by Marita Grabiak, it originally broadcast on May 13, 2003 on UPN.

SynopsisEdit

MOMENTS LIKE THESE — As Buffy takes the scythe from Caleb and the First, the potentials and Faith suffer losses from the bomb trap left for them. With Faith knocked unconscious, it's up to the girls to make their way out of the sewers, but thankfully Buffy arrives in time to save them from attacking Ubervamps and reclaim her role as leader. Willow and Giles attempt to find more about the origins of the scythe and Buffy has a mission involving Dawn for Xander. Andrew and Anya head to the now deserted hospital to pick up medical supplies for the wounded SiTs, and Caleb merges with the First to refresh his source of power.

SummaryEdit

Buffy effortlessly pulls the Scythe from the stone, leaving Caleb amazed. He is willing to fight her, though probably outmatched now that she has the Scythe. But The First (as Buffy) tells him to let Buffy go, and tells her that she will have to hurry to save her friends in the sewer.

Back at the Summers' residence, Andrew has just acquired food, while Dawn, Willow, Xander, and Anya return, having been looking for Buffy only to come across an empty house. Giles informs them that Faith and the others have not returned.

The Potential Slayers who survived the bomb blast — Kennedy, Amanda, Vi, Rona, and Caridad among others — start dragging the unconscious Faith and their other wounded towards the surface when they are ambushed by three Turok-Hans. Kennedy assumes command. All hope seems lost, though, until Buffy shows up with her new weapon and rescues them, killing all three Turok-Hans. Back at her house, the Potentials and Scoobies declare Buffy the leader again.

Willow and Giles look for references to the Scythe on the Internet. During their research, Willow confesses to Giles that she is not sure if she can do real heavy magic, even if she must. They find symbols that suggest a connection to scythes and Ancient Egypt.

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.

At the vineyard, Caleb meets with the First as he spouts his frustration over having to let Buffy leave with the Scythe. The First tells Caleb that his strength is waning and, in order to increase it again, merges with the preacher and lends him its power. Caleb is left with black eyes and declares that he is ready to take Buffy on again.

Buffy and Faith make up. Faith admits to Buffy that she was jealous of her friends, and lets it slip that she and Principal Wood have had sex. They both reflect upon how lonely they are as Slayers, and that they are the only ones in the group who truly understand what it feels like to be a Slayer. Buffy then has a personal discussion with Spike, in which they admit how much they feel for each other.

Andrew and Anya head to the hospital to retrieve supplies for the wounded, and have a heart-to-heart about humanity's desire to fight for good. They also have a wheelchair fight.

Following the Egyptian lead, Buffy takes the Scythe to a small pyramid that she discovers right outside one of the gates of the same cemetery that she has patrolled for the past six years. Inside, a woman claims to be the last of the Guardians, a secret female order that has watched the Watchers since ancient times tells. She tells Buffy 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 slices his abdomen with the scythe. Caleb laughs for a moment, then changes expression and falls, seemingly dead.

Buffy gives Angel a kiss. Unbeknownst to them, Spike is hiding in the shadows with the First by his side. In Buffy's form, it tells him: "That bitch."

ContinuityEdit

  • Spike does not appear until midway through the episode as, when he woke up and found that Buffy had gone, the sun had already risen and he had to wait until nightfall before leaving the house.
  • Anya recalls the events of "Graduation Day, Part One" when she fled before the battle, and demonstrates how she has grown as a human by explaining why she has chosen to stay around since.
  • When Dawn and Xander are in the car looking for her crossbow, she mentions that she doesn't leave it around ever since an incident with Miss Kitty Fantastico, Willow and Tara's cat, which has not been seen since the end of the fifth season.
  • Xander tells Buffy: "Besides, if you die, I'll just bring you back to life. That's what I do," alluding to his role in resurrecting her in both "Prophecy Girl" and "Bargaining, Part One".
  • When Anya and Andrew are in the hospital, Andrew says Anya might survive, but he won't. In actuality, in "Chosen", Anya dies and Andrew survives.
  • This episode is a crossover with the Angel episode "Home", in which Angel learns of the apocalypse Buffy is facing and comes to help, arriving just in time to save her from Caleb. However, Angel's outfit when he arrives in Sunnydale is different than the one he was wearing when he left L.A.
  • This is the first time Buffy and Angel have met face to face since their off-screen meeting between the events of "Flooded"/"Carpe Noctem" and "Life Serial"/"Fredless".

AppearancesEdit

IndividualsEdit

Organizations and titlesEdit

SpeciesEdit

EventsEdit

LocationsEdit

Weapons and objectsEdit

Death countEdit

  • Two unidentified Potentials, killed with the explosion.
  • An unidentified Potential, killed by a Turok-Han.
  • Three Turok-Hans, dusted by Buffy with the Scythe.
  • The Last Guardian, killed by Caleb.

Behind the scenesEdit

ProductionEdit

BroadcastEdit

  • The DVD version of this episode is actually missing a scene. Since the Region 1 DVDs do not contain the "Previously on..." segments, the editor made a goof in cutting out the actual scene that included seeing the girls being blasted right before cutting to Buffy grabbing the Scythe. The other region DVDs contain this scene.

Deleted scenesEdit

  • This line was cut:
Willow: "It doesn't have any markings. Would it be so hard to include a little sticker? 'Hello. My name is Blank of the Blankthuselah, consult operating instruction before wielding'."

Pop culture referencesEdit

  • Spike congratulates Buffy for finding "the Holy Grail... Or the Holy Hand Grenade". This is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which features the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch".
  • Buffy mentions having "King Arthured" the scythe from the stone, referring to the legend of King Arthur and the sword in the stone.
  • Buffy mentions that the Guardian's temple has a Luxor Casino theme.
  • Anya banters with Andrew about killing a large monster by detonating an oxygen tank in its mouth, such as in the film Jaws (1975).

Goofs, bloopers & continuity errorsEdit

  • When the Potentials are backing away from the third Turok-Han, a Potential can be seem being grabbed by a Turok-Han. In the next scene, the same Turok-Han jumps down and grabs the same Potential. 
  • During Buffy's fight with the Turok-Han, right after the last Turok-Han hits her, the actor's blue underpants can be seen as the vampire lands.

MusicEdit

  • Robert Duncan — "Recap / the Scythe"
  • Robert Duncan — "Escape the Wreckage"
  • Robert Duncan — "Buffy Saves the Girls"
  • Robert Duncan — "The Wounded"
  • Robert Duncan — "Xander Grabs Dawn"
  • Robert Duncan — "Faith the Loner"
  • Robert Duncan — "Spike and Buffy"
  • Robert Duncan — "Angel Arrives"

International titlesEdit

  • Armenian: "Աշխարհի վերջը" (End of the World)
  • Czech: "Poslední dny" (Last Days)
  • Finnish: "Päiväsi ovat luetut" (Your Days Are Numbered)
  • French: "La Fin des temps — Partie 1" (The End of Time — Part 1)
  • German: "Das Ende der Zeit — Teil 1" (The End of Time — Part 1)
  • Hungarian: "A napok meg vannak számlálva" (The Days Are Numbered)
  • Italian: "La Fine dei Giorni" (The End of Days)
  • Japanese: "時代の終わり" (End of an Era)
  • Polish: "I stanie się koniec" (And It Will Be Over)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "Final dos Tempos" (End of Time)
  • Romanian: "Sfârșitul zilelor" (End of Days)
  • Russian: "Конец света" (Doomsday)
  • Spanish (Latin America): "Fin del Día" (End of the Day)
  • Spanish (Spain): "El Fin de los Tiempos" (The End of Time)

AdaptationsEdit

OtherEdit

  • At the time the episode was first announced, many fan sites claimed that executive producer Marti Noxon would play the Last Guardian,[1] which proved to be false.

GalleryEdit

Promotional stillsEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

QuotesEdit

Dawn - "I told you, I don’t leave crossbows around all willy-nilly. Not since that time with Miss Kitty Fantastico."
Spike - "Found the holy grail. Or the holy hand grenade, or whatever the hell that is."
Caleb - (Preparing to kill Buffy) "I was hoping it would be this way."
Angel - "Hey!" (Punches Caleb in the face) "I never was much for preachers."
Angel - (Watching Buffy fight) "God I missed watching this."
Andrew - "I think I'd like to finish out as one of those lame humans trying to do what's right."
Anya - (Sighs) "Yeah."
Andrew - "So... wheel chair fight?"

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Cult - Buffy - Episode Guide - End of Days". BBC. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
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