The seventh and final season of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on September 24, 2002 on UPN and concluded its 22-episode season and its television run on May 20, 2003. It maintained its previous timeslot, airing Tuesdays at 8:00 pm ET.
As Giles works with Willow in England, Buffy accompanies Dawn to her first day at the new Sunnydale High and receives two surprises: a job offer and Spike.
When Spike helps Buffy and Xander battle a gigantic worm-like creature his strange behavior finally makes Buffy realize he is now a vampire with a soul.
Willow returns to Sunnydale, but her fear that her friends don't really want to see her inadvertently creates a spell that makes it impossible for them to see her.
Buffy's first day as a guidance counselor at Sunnydale High proves a bit more difficult than she expected after she meets a young girl who's convinced she's about to die.
When Anya's latest vengeance spell kills a fraternity house full of boys, Buffy realizes there's only one way to stop Anya before she strikes again.
Even though they know they are under a spell, Buffy, Dawn, Anya and even Willow can't stop themselves from falling in love, and fighting over, a high school quarterback.
As Andrew and Jonathan return to save Sunnydale from evil, Dawn is confronted by an image of her dead mother and Tara's ghost delivers a warning to Willow.
Buffy and the gang begin to suspect Spike may be responsible for the disappearance of a number of young girls just as Spike begins to suspect someone has the power to control his actions.
Buffy's interrogation of Spike is interrupted when the Bringers attack her house, while in England the Watcher's Council comes under attack from The First.
Giles arrives in Sunnydale with three Potential Slayers and with news that The First has murdered most of the other Potential Slayers and their Watchers around the world.
Giles and Anya journey to another dimension to consult with an oracle-like creature while Buffy prepares to show the Potential Slayers they have the power to defeat The First.
Dawn's belief that she's not an important part of the upcoming fight changes after one of Willow's spells makes her think she's a Potential Slayer too.
A phone call from a Watcher in England makes the gang fear that Giles is actually The First, and Willow tries to discover why she turned into Warren after kissing Kennedy.
As Giles continues training the Potential Slayers, Buffy goes out with Principal Wood and learns that his mother was a Slayer who was killed by a vampire in New York City.
Buffy travels to another dimension where she encounters the creators of the first Slayer who tell her that without their help she cannot save the world.
Andrew's videotape recording of the exploits of Buffy and the Potential Slayers suddenly hits a little too close to home after a link between him and the Seal of Danthalzar is discovered.
While Buffy attempts to figure out the secret behind The First's control over Spike, Principal Wood asks Giles to help him destroy Spike for good.
Although Buffy now has Faith on her side they are still no match for The First who now has a young preacher named Caleb on his side.
Despite their humiliating defeat Buffy is convinced the vineyard is important, but when she tries to rally the girls for a second fight she finds her leadership challenged.
While Faith attempts to step into the leadership role Buffy heads to the vineyard alone to confront Caleb - and finds a formidable weapon in an underground chamber.
Buffy confronts Caleb not knowing he has been endowed with the powerful essence of The First, yet as Caleb prepares to deliver a death blow an old friend comes to Buffy's aid.
In a desperate gamble Buffy and the Potential Slayers decide that instead of waiting to be attacked they will open the Seal of Danthalzar and take the battle directly to The First.