5 Angel “Not Fade Away”
A devastating smackdown between Team Angel and the bad guys running the Circle Of The Black Thorn results in death, injury and a final fight against overwhelming odds (including a dragon) as the final credits roll. It's a fitting finale for Angel and his friends, who've made a career out of facing certain death, although the emotional core of this finale is Wesley's last scene. When he asks Illyria to lie to him and pretend to be Fred so that he can see her again before he dies, it's as though someone poked an umbrella into your heart and opened it wide. Ouch.