SEVENTH SEAL. BtVS Intertext/Allusion.

In "Killed by Death" the Scoobies talk about Buffy's vision of the perpetrator who may be killing children in the hospital.

XANDER: Flu doesn't exactly sound monsterrific.

BUFFY: I know. But there's this Dr. Backer, and he's been giving them these experimental treatments. I-I'm not sure what he's up to, but he's a little creepy. A-and then there was this kid, Ryan. He said he saw something.

GILES: Saw what?

BUFFY: Death.


WILLOW: The Death? As in, "it is your time"?

GILES: Buffy, a-a-a frightened child . . .

BUFFY: Yeah, but I thought I saw something. I'm not sure, I was really out of it, but . . .

CORDELIA: But you do know that you saw death.

WILLOW: Did it have an hourglass?

XANDER: Ooo, if he asks you to play chess, don't even do it. The guy's, like, a whiz.

BUFFY: Maybe it wasn't death. Maybe it was something else.

Xander is thinking of Ingmar Bergman's classic film The Seventh Seal, in which Antonius Block, a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) returning from The Crusades, delays his fate by engaging Death in a chess match.



--David Lavery