Buffy's "The Gift" 10 Years Later

It's hard to believe that it's already been 10 years since the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season five finale, "The Gift", aired on The WB. Fandom was left reeling after the episode, which saw Buffy Summers sacrifice her life to save her sister and the world.

I spent that night... I dunno? Watching baseball, maybe? I wasn't a Buffy fan yet, and wouldn't catch up with the show until about 3 1/2 years later. However, I think I've made up for time lost, getting a quote from this episode tattooed on my arm.

I wrote about my favorite moments from "The Gift" a few years ago as part of my March 10th Season Five marathon, and I think the thing that holds up the most from that list is actually the opening scene, which I still maintain is the thesis for the entire series.

As amazing as the end of "The Gift" is -- and you can see it for yourself by watching the clip above, I'm almost more impressed by the pure emotional anvil dropped on the season finale of "Angel", which aired later that night. Check it out after the jump.