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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Killed by Death (TV Episode 1998) Poster

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It has been conjectured that Der Kindestod may have been inspired by Freddy Krueger, the antagonist of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). However, Joss Whedon says that this character was "based on a 'this thing creeped me out as a kid' thing," as with many of the monsters on the show. In general, the monsters were suggested by the vague bogeyman figures that bedevil many children.
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This script was originally planned as a first season episode, and then an episode before Angel became evil. It evolved into its aired form.
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Cordy brings Xander a bag of Krispy Kreme donuts to the hospital, but Krispy Kreme didn't open its first store in California until 1999, a year later.
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The title is taken from a Motörhead song.
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The flashback scenes take place in 1989.
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Willow's fear of frogs is brought up when she pretends to have frogs crawling over her to permit Buffy to escape.
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The book on the cover of which Cordelia finds the image of Der Kindestod also contains the passage on an unnamed demon belonging to the Brotherhood of Seven that Buffy and Sid defeated in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Puppet Show (1997).
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We have our first glimpse of a younger Buffy played by Mimi Paley.
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Samples of this episode's score is used as the background music in the Buffy Season 2 DVD collection. The sound of Der Kindestod gasping is even heard in the episode menus.
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It is established that Buffy had a cousin called Celia who died when she was young, meaning that Buffy and Dawn have at least one aunt or uncle.
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This is the first of the three times Buffy is hospitalized. The others being Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Graduation Day: Part 2 (1999) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Villains (2002).
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Ryan is not the first young boy to peer at Buffy in the shadows. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Nightmares (1997), Buffy sees Billy, a local boy in a coma, walking around school.
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Xander's unresolved romantic feelings for Buffy, which began in Season 1, are brought up, first by Angeleus, when he attempts to enter Buffy's hospital room; Angeleus taunts Xander about his love for Buffy and how it must irk him that Angel took Buffy's virginity. An annoyed Cordelia later tells Xander that his loyalty to Buffy is not attractive (his later love interest, Anya, will make similar complaints) and how she knows that he took friendship with Buffy as way of being close to her, since she didn't see him in a romantic way. This may explain Xander's anger and frustration over Buffy's romantic choices throughout the series, as ordinary guys like him don't seem to "do it" for her.
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