Buffy ending explained: How does Buffy end?

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer has returned to All 4 and Prime Video, and long-standing fans have enjoyed rewatching some of their favourite episodes. The series ran for seven seasons, with the final episodes airing in 2003, and it was a bitter-sweet moment. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about what happened at the end of Buffy.

What happened at the end of Buffy?

Buffy and the Potentials fight the army of Turok-Han

Buffy Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) has to come to terms with the fact The First, which would often take Buffy’s form, would not give up fighting against her.

She had called upon the help of a group of potential slayers, whom she had trained to fight against The First and the Turok-Han demons.

After plenty of preparation, they headed to the basement at Sunnydale High with the aim of closing the seal to hell once and for all.

She lost a couple of potential slayers along the way, but they had all risked their lives for the greater good.

Buffy had also called upon the help of her friend Willow (Alyson Hannigan) who finally used her magic for a good cause.

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Willow activates Potentials all over the world

While Buffy and the Potentials were busy trying to defeat the army, Willow made the brave decision to use magic again.

Using a spell, she began channelling the inner power of a weapon known as the scythe, which activated other Potentials on a huge scale.

This meant the tradition of only one Slayer had been broken, and Buffy was free of her personal burden to protect the world from evil.

Willow’s spell helped raise an army which would be strong enough to battle against The First and other demons for years to come.

Fans were thrilled to see Willow in a better place after she managed to rid herself of the urge to use dark magic.

Spike sacrifices himself

Viewers were left in tears after Buffy’s love interest, Spike (James Marsters), sacrificed himself in order to save Buffy and the Potentials.

Spike used his powerful amulet to create sunlight, which was channelled through his soul, and the light caused the vampire army to turn to dust.

Buffy tried to warn Spike to leave, but he said he wanted to finish the job, and Buffy came to the realisation he would die.

She finally told him she loved him, and he replied: “No you don’t, but thanks for saying it”. He then turned into dust as the Hellmouth collapsed around him.

Fans had been rooting for the Buffy and Spike relationship, as Spike had gone from wanting to kill Buffy, to falling in love with her.

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Anya dies

Xander’s (Nicholas Brendon) former fiancée Anya (Emma Caulfield) sadly died fighting against the demons at Sunnydale.

She and Xander had experienced a turbulent relationship after Xander called off their wedding, having second thoughts.

Half-demon Anya was killed by a Bringer’s sword and her death was thought of as sudden and unexpected by fans.

Xander had called out for Anya, but he realised she had died trying to save Andrew’s (Tom Lenk) life, and Xander joked how she was “always doing the stupid thing”.

Fans took to Reddit to share their thoughts on Anya’s demise, with one saying: “I think Anya’s death shocked me the most because main characters never died (and stayed dead).

“I kept expecting her to somehow not be dead or come back, and then the episode ended and I was like ‘…wait, what?'”

A behind the scenes video from the final episode was shared on YouTube, and fans shared their thoughts on the series.

One said: “Wish they did another season, I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer it was my fav show [sic].”

Original fans of the series have since gone on to show it to their own children, which is evidence of its timelessness.

A Buffy reunion was held in 2019, which marked 16 years since the original series ended.

The event in Oregon was attended by Cordelia actress Charisma Carpenter and Tara actress Amber Benson, as well as Hannigan, Marsters, and Brendon.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer airs on ALL 4 and Prime Video

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