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Knowing that killing Dawn is the only way to stop Glory's ritual once it starts, Buffy is adamant not to sacrifice her for the world. With time running out, everyone prepares to engage Glory, ready for the possibility that it may be their final battle.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x22
Production Number: 5ABB22
Airdate: Tuesday May 22nd, 2001
Network: WB

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon

Guest Stars
Clare KramerClare Kramer
As Glory
Charlie WeberCharlie Weber
As Ben
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Tara
Joel GreyJoel Grey
As Doc

Co-Guest Stars
Todd DuffeyTodd Duffey
As Murk
Craig ZimmermanCraig Zimmerman
As Minion #1
Tom KiescheTom Kiesche
As Vampire
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Emma CaulfieldEmma Caulfield
As Anya Jenkins
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Dawn Summers
Episode Notes
This was the final episode to air on The WB Network. Even though the series would return the following season on UPN, The WB still advertised it as the "series finale".

This episode scored a 5.5/8 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 3rd out of 17 WB shows for the week.

Landmark 100th episode.

This episode was originally titled "Centennial".

For the "Previously on Buffy" before this episode, a montage featuring a clip from every single episode is shown since this is the 100th episode. This montage is not included on the Region 1 Season 5 DVD set, but featured as an easter egg on the Season 7 set.

At the end of the episode, The WB leaves a message reading "5 Great Years, We Thank You".

This episode scored a 3.4 in the national ratings.

Ranked 77 out of 125 prime time shows.

Joss Whedon said, [after The WB channel canceled the series, causing hurt feelings among the cast and crew -- hurt which was dramatized in the finale] “We put a lot of that heartbreak into the script, into the show, so it would hurt as much to watch as it did to have it taken away from us. I would not have been as brutal about the ending -- had we had another season." (May 10, 2004)

Guest star Tom Kiesche previously appeared in the Angel episode "The Shroud of Rahmon".

Episode Quotes
Teen: How'd you do that?
Buffy: It's what I do.
Teen: But you're... you're just a girl.
Buffy: That's what I keep saying.

Spike: 'Cause it's always gotta be blood.
Xander: We're not actually discussing dinner right now.
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. 'Course it's her blood.

Willow: (to Buffy) We'll solve this. We will. Don't have another coma, okay?

Buffy: This is how many apocalypses for us now?
Giles: Oh, uh, well, six, at least. Feels like a hundred.

Xander: Spike's sexbot. Why didn't they just melt it down into scrap?
Anya: Maybe Willow wanted it.
Xander: I don't think Willow feels that way about Buffy. I mean, I know she's gone through a lot of changes, but --
Anya: To study it.
Xander: Right. Robotics. Science.

Anya: You're proposing to me because we're going to die. And you think it's romantic and sexy, and you know you're not going to have to go through with it because the world's going to end.
Xander: I'm proposing to you, Anya, because it's not.

Buffy: I need you, Will. You're my big gun.
Willow: I'm your -- No, I never was a gun. Someone else should be the gun. I could maybe be a cudgel, or a pointy stick.

Xander: Hey, I happen to be --
Spike: A glorified bricklayer?
Xander: I'm also a swell bowler.
Anya: Has his own shoes.
Spike: The gods themselves do tremble.

Buffy: We're not all gonna make it. You know that.
Spike: Yeah. Hey, I always knew I'd go down fightin'.
Buffy: I'm counting on you... to protect her.
Spike: Till the end of the world. Even if that happens to be tonight.

Spike: (to Buffy) I know you'll never love me. I know that I'm a monster, but you treat me like a man.

Buffy: I notice that you're talking, whereas in your position I would attack me.

Glory: Wow. The Slayer's a robot! Did everybody else know the Slayer was a robot?
Buffy: Glory? You're not the brightest god in the heavens, are you?

Spike: You don't come near the girl, Doc.
Doc: I don't smell a soul anywhere on you. Why do you even care?
Spike: I made a promise to a lady.

Buffy: (voice over) Dawn, listen to me. Listen. I love you. I will always love you. This is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles that -- Tell Giles I figured it out 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.

Buffy's headstone:

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Co-Executive ProducerMarti Noxon
Supervising ProducerDavid Fury
ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Co-ProducerJohn F. Perry  |  Marc D. Alpert  |  Douglas Petrie
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorPeter Basinski
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Anya Colloff  |  Amy McIntyre Britt
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripRonn Cooney
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerPeter M. Robarts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteven Fidler
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorLouise Demetre
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorRobert Hudson (2)
Post Production SupervisorBrian Wankum
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerTom Perry  |  Kurt Kassulke  |  Adam Sawelson
LeadmanKeith A. Cuba
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen (1)
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantKelly Wheeler  |  Diego Gutierrez (1)  |  JD Peralta
Casting AssociateMichael Nicolo
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Makeup ArtistJay Wejebe  |  Brigette A. Myre
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorKen Lee
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