Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling Buffy's death at the hands of the Master.



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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
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In the first-season finale, Giles discovers an ancient prophecy which states that Buffy will face the Master and she will die. Upon hearing this, Buffy first denies her slayer roots, but when a small tragedy occurs at school, Buffy realizes she can't run from destiny, and decides to take on The Master. Written by Alex

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2 June 1997 (USA)  »

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Originally, another sign of the impending apocalypse was going to be stones raining down on Sunnydale High. It was cut out due to budget costs. See more »


The Master's skeleton in the last shot is in fact the skeleton of a woman, as you can recognize by the wide opening of its pelvis. See more »


[after capturing Buffy]
The Master: You tried. It was noble of you. You heard the prophecy that I was about to break free and you came to stop me. But prophecies are tricky creatures. They don't tell you everything. You're the one that sets me free. If you hadn't come, I couldn't go. Think about that.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The Master's Defeated
31 July 2009 | by (Bahrain) – See all my reviews

I expected a better ending for this episode, but i didn't say that the ending was bad it was good. However, there is something inside this episode never explained throughout the series, and that's how Buffy was alive again and not transformed into a vampire after being bitten by the master. She was just alive. Did the master drunk enough blood from Buffy to kill her but not enough to transform her into a vampire or what? How is Buffy alive suddenly after being dead for a sometime? Did the writer wanted to make this issue optional for the viewers.

However I like this episode but i really hoped so much for a better ending. It was also funny when Buffy said to the master that he had bad breath. I liked how Joyce encouraged Buffy to go to the prom even if she is dateless. I loved when the vampires chased Cordelia, Miss Calender, and Willow. I loved it when the vampires surrounded the library. There are many things I like about this episode, but still it wasn't very good it was average to me.

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