Prophecy Girl (season finale)
Episode 12 of 12 within Season One. Item 13 of 145 overall.
Production number 4V12.
Joss Whedon - Writer
Joss Whedon - Director
584 votes

Giles reads about an ancient prophecy which states that Buffy will face the Master and die, thus setting him free from his underground prison.

Meanwhile, Buffy finds out about this by overhearing a secret conversation between Angel and Giles, and reacts by deciding to abandon her slayer duties. However as more signs of the end of the world keep appearing, Buffy realizes that she must face the Master.

original airdate--June 02,1997   rating--2.8 million

network: The WB 

songs--Theme song--buffy the vampire slayer by Nerf Herder

  1. "I Fall To Pieces" by Patsy Cline
  2. "Inconsolable" by Jonatha Brooke
  3. "Buffy Main Theme" by Nerf Herder
  4. "original score" by Walter Murphy


Body Count:

  • An unidentified vampire, dusted by Buffy Summers at a cemetery
  • Kevin Benedict, killed by vampires in the audiovisual room of Sunnydale High
  • Four unidentified students of the Audiovisual Club, two boys and two girls, also killed by vampires at the AV room
  • Buffy, left to drown by the Master at the Order of Aurelius' lair
  • The Master, impaled to a broken piece of wood after being thrown by Buffy to the floor of the Sunnydale High library


  • Prophecy: Giles translate a line from the Pergamum Codex, given to him by Angel, stating that the Master shall rise and the slayer shall die. According to Giles, "There is nothing in it that does not come to pass." However, according to The Master, prophecies are tricky because they never quite reveal how everything will play out. In this case, Buffy does die, but she also comes back to life with the powers necessary to resist The Master.
  • Vampire Mythos: Although most vampires apparently can't do it, The Master displays an apparent ability to exert control over a victim's mind. He manages to stop Buffy and force her to come towards him before she "died," but no other vampire has attempted this tactic. His mastering of this ability can likely be attributed to his age.

Monster of the Week: This episode entirely revolves around the Master's plot to free himself from the Hellmouth, which causes dozens of vampires to flock to the library of Sunnydale High and a hydra-like demon to burst out of the floor.


Buffy Summers looks like your typical high school cheerleader type, with nothing to worry about but grades and boys. Change that to vampires and demons and you'll be right. For Buffy is the "chosen one," the latest in a long line of Slayers whose destiny it is to fight evil.

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012 Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight
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006 Never Kill A Boy On The First Date
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008 Angel
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011 Nightmares
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068 Doomed
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regional titles

Prophecy Girl (seizoensfinale)
Prophecy Girl (season finale)
Le manuscrit (fin de saison)
Das Ende der Welt (Saisonfinale)
Prophecy Cailín (séasúr finale)
La profezia (finale di stagione)
La Chica de la ProfecÌa (final de temporada)