The Dark Age
Episode 8 of 22 within Season Two. Item 21 of 145 overall.
Production number 5V08.
Dean Batali - Writer
Rob Des Hotel - Writer
Bruce Seth Green - Director
536 votes

Giles' quiet existence is jeopardised when a murder victim is linked to his past.

Meanwhile, Buffy and Angel look for a way to save Ms Calender from a Demon that has taken possession of her soul.

original airdate--November 10,1997  rating--3.7 million

network--The WB 

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

  1. "Mark of Eyghon" by Christophe Beck


Body Count:

  • Diedre Page, killed and possessed earlier by Eyghon the Sleepwalker
  • Philip Henry, killed and possessed by Eyghon outside of the Sunnydale High library
  • Eyghon, destroyed by the demon within Angel
  • Randall, killed and possessed by Eyghon (in Giles' memory)
  • Thomas Sutcliffe, killed and possessed by Eyghon (only mentioned)
  • Two unidentified vampires dusted by Buffy outside Sunnydale Hospital

Goof: After Buffy finds Ethan at the library and calls Giles, they are attacked by Philip Henry, who calls Ethan's name. The closed captioning erroneously refers to Philip as a vampire.

  • Willow discovers the origin of the Mark of Eyghon, explaining that its "not Egyptian it's Etruscan, mistaken for Egyptian by the design pattern, but any fool can see it pre-dates their iconography". However, the Etruscan civilization's earliest records are dated to about 700 B.C.E. while the Ancient Egyptian civilization came together around 3000 B.C.E. In other words, the Etruscans did not pre-date the Egyptians.

Trivia: Xander refers to his Uncle Rory being a taxidermist. This is corroborated by Rory pointing out a poorly stuffed animal head at Xander and Anya's wedding.

  • There is a photo of a young Rupert Giles holding a bass guitar. The production crew faked the photo by superimposing his head onto a photo of Sid Vicious.


related items

Previous episode :
020 Lie To Me
Next episode :
022 What's My Line? (I)
Related to this story :
019 Halloween
  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Two

regional titles

The Dark Age
La face cachÈe
Das Mal des Eyghon
Los Ảos Oscuros