The Gift (series finale on WB)
Episode 22 of 22 within Season Five. Item 101 of 145 overall.
Production number 5ABB22.
Joss Whedon - Writer
Joss Whedon - Director
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Another imminent apocalypse is at hand in Sunnydale. Buffy must square off against a true God when Glory prepares to use Dawn to break down the walls between the dimensions and unleash all Hell on Earth but she needs Dawn's blood before her home dimension portal can be opened.

Meanwhile, Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Anya, Tara and Spike go to battle with the knowledge that they may not all survive.

original airdate: May 22,2001  rating--5.2 million


music--Theme Song: "Buffy Theme" by Nerf Herder

  1. "The Tower" by Christophe Beck  
  2. "Losing Battle" by Christophe Beck  
  3. "Apocalypse" by Christophe Beck  
  4. "Sacrifice" by Christophe Beck  
  5. "Sacrifice" by (Alternate version)Christophe Beck  


Body Count

  • One vampire, dusted by Buffy
  • Glory, died with Ben
  • One minion of Glory, killed by Spike with a crossbow
  • One minion of Glory, killed by Giles with a sword
  • Doc, pushed off the tower by Buffy
  • Ben (and thus Glory), suffocated by Giles
  • Buffy Summers, killed by mystical energy sacrificing herself to save the world


Buffy's final words to Dawn...

"Dawn, listen to me. Listen. I love you. I will always love you. But this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles... tell Giles I figured it out. And, 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 ANNE SUMMERS


                                   BELOVED SISTER

                                   DEVOTED FRIEND

                              SHE SAVED THE WORLD

                                            A LOT


  • Glory: Glory is defeated when she is weakened by a combination of Willow creating the hole in her mind, the Daggon Sphere and the troll hammer. She is stopped once and for all when Giles kills Ben.


  1. Tara: Tara's sanity is regained when Willow performs a kind of reverse mind-stealing.
  2. Buffy: Buffy commits suicide in order to stop the portal from expanding. Although it is clear that it won't stick because of the following two seasons.


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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regional titles

The Gift (serie finale op WB)
The Gift (series finale on WB)
Le don (finale de la sÚrie sur WB)
Das Geschenk (Finale der Serie auf WB)
An Bronntanas (sraith finale ar WB)
Il dono (finale della serie WB)
El regalo (final de la serie de WB)