Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Killed by Death 

While hospitalized with a severe case of the flu, Buffy battles a demon that sucks the life out of sick children.


Deran Sarafian


Joss Whedon (created by), Rob DesHotel (as Rob Des Hotel) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
David Boreanaz ... Angelus
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Richard Herd ... Dr. Stanley Backer
Willie Garson ... Security Guard
Andrew Ducote Andrew Ducote ... Ryan
Juanita Jennings ... Dr. Wilkinson
Robert Munic ... Intern
Mimi Paley ... Little Buffy Summers
Denise Johnson Denise Johnson ... Celia
James Jude Courtney ... Der Kindestod


Buffy barely survives Angelus' latest attack because she falls prey to a very common enemy: influenza, an epidemic among Sunnydale Highs students. Yet in hospital, a place she fears since she was alone with a dying close cousin aged 8, she lends credence to children who claim there is a killer invisible to adults which comes at night, they call Death. Initially Giles is skeptic, but after Buffy, who suspected Dr. Stanley Backer who has a dodgy record, experienced it herself, the monster is found out to be an actual child killer (Kindestod in German) which Buffy should slay... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

3 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


We have our first glimpse of a younger Buffy played by Mimi Paley. See more »


The first night after Buffy is admitted to the hospital, while she's lying in bed in her room, you can see the clock on her night stand clearly click over from 2:26 to 2:27. A couple of moments later, the clock is shown with the time 12:15. Then, a little later on, after Buffy sees a little boy and a monster walk past her door, the clock is shown a 3rd time clicking over from 2:26 to 2:27 again. See more »


Xander: Flowers for m'lady.
Buffy Summers: I think they call those balloons.
Xander: Yeah, stick 'em in water. Maybe they'll grow.
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References The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Better than the IMDb Rating
12 July 2018 | by GholamSlayerSee all my reviews

I had fond memories of this episode, and upon rewatching it, it hooked me even more. I really don't understand why this isn't one of the better regarded episodes in the fan base, but I guess it will just remain a personal favorite.

I thought the character work was particularly engaging, even compared to surrounding episodes, the atmosphere was tense and held me in a grip that didn't let up till he credits.

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