Angel (1999–2004)
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Not Fade Away 

In the series finale, Angel reveals that his questionable moral behavior has been part of a bigger plan: to destroy The Circle of the Black Thorn and show the Senior Partners that the power... See full summary »


Jeffrey Bell


Joss Whedon (created by), David Greenwalt (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Boreanaz ... Angel
James Marsters ... Spike
J. August Richards ... Charles Gunn
Amy Acker ... Illyria
Andy Hallett ... Lorne
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Alexis Denisof ... Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Vincent Kartheiser ... Connor
Christian Kane ... Lindsey McDonald
Dennis Christopher ... Cyvus Vail
Sarah Thompson ... Eve
Julia Lee ... Anne Steele
Leland Crooke ... Archduke Sebassis
Stacey Travis ... Senator Helen Brucker
Adam Baldwin ... Marcus Hamilton


In the series finale, Angel reveals that his questionable moral behavior has been part of a bigger plan: to destroy The Circle of the Black Thorn and show the Senior Partners that the power of good can still make a difference. Wesley struggles with helping Illyria adapt to the world, scolding her for her attempts to take on Fred's form. As Gunn continues his quest of self-discovery, Lorne becomes more aware of the lack of happiness in the world. Harmony attempts to seduce Marcus Hamilton for information, Lindsey makes an important decision regarding his alliance, and Eve continues to deal with being mortal. As Spike comes closer to understanding the nature of heroism, Angel pays a visit to the one person he truly loves. On Angel's bidding, the gang goes out and spends each day as if it were their last... Written by TheGreenSaga

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Release Date:

19 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The poem Spike reads in the bar is the same poem he reads to Cecily, the object of his affection, in "Fool for Love" in season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). After Cecily rejects him, he wanders around London until he runs into Drusilla, who sires him. See more »


During the exchange between Angel and Harmony near the beginning of the episode, Angel says that he doesn't recall what it is like to be human. Technically, he should remember, as he was human back in Season One's "I Will Remember You". See more »


[first lines]
Angel: Then we're all agreed.
Spike: Yeah. We're all one big happy Manson family.
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Crazy Credits

The WB added a short "thank you" to the credits, thanking the creators for their work on the series. This angered many fans, who blame the WB for canceling the series. See more »


References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

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Series Finale 10 Stars
23 May 2008 | by pdepietroSee all my reviews

Hi All:

I know the series ended a while ago but I was just recently "introduced" to the show "Angel". I saw one episode and was hooked. I thought it may be a "girly" thing like Buffy, but I was wrong. A 38-year-old grown man, married with a four year old daughter watching Angel every morning from 6:00am to that pathetic? Anyway, I have so much to say that I can't say it all here. I have never shed a tear while watching a television show or a movie, but one of the final scenes in "Not Fade Away" actually caused my eyes to well up with tears. It was the scene where Wesley gets stabbed and Illyria walks in.

ILLYRIA Wesley. ILLYRIA This wound is mortal. WESLEY Aren't we all? It was good... that you came. ILLYRIA I killed all mine, and I was... WESLEY Concerned? ILLYRIA I think so. But I can't help. You'll be dead within moments. WESLEY I know. ILLYRIA Would you like me to lie to you now? WESLEY Yes. Thank you. Yes. (Wesley then opens his eyes to see Fred's face, her hand stroking his cheek) WESLEY Hello there. FRED (trying to smile through her tears) Oh, Wesley. My Wesley. WESLEY I've missed you. FRED (kisses his lips twice gently, sniffles, kisses his forehead) It's going to be OK. It won't hurt much longer, and then you'll be where I am (crying)..We'll be together. WESLEY I—I love you. FRED I love you. My love. Oh, my love. (wesley now dies and Fred gently lays his head to the ground. She then hears Vail's voice behind her. VAIL How very touching his meaningless death was, but this fight was never for mortals. VAIL (he sees the anger in fred's face, chuckles then says) Take your best shot, little girl.

Fred then transforms back into Illyria and swings such a powerful punch at Vail's head that it shatters into a million pieces.

That scene was just so powerful. Wesley's undying love for Fred which he was never able to really show / tell her. God how I wish they did another season or two but like they say...nothing lasts forever. (except maybe a vampire?)

Thanks for listening / reading,


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