Inside, Ford comes to, and asks what happened. Spike, holding Dru, says that they're stuck in a basement. Ford asks about Buffy. Spike smirks, "She's not stuck in the basement." Ford points out that he fulfilled his end of the bargain, and Spike admits that that's true. Ford sticks his chin out and asks about his reward, his voice remarkably quaver-free. Spike and Dru say nothing. There's been some debate on the forums as to who did the actual siring, but from the way she slowly opened her eyes in response to Ford's question, and the fact that she hadn't gotten a "treat" yet, my money's on Drusilla.
Sometime later, Buffy comes through the door, which has been ripped open. She looks down the stairs and swallows, then descends to find Ford's lifeless body. The Cello Of Innocence Lost plays. I guess if Spike really wanted Ford to live forever, he could have taken the body with him.
Graveyard. The cello plays at intervals throughout this scene. Buffy lays flowers on Ford's grave. We see that she's accompanied by Giles. Although this may be a controversial opinion, I feel that this scene is one of the most pivotal the series has ever offered, so I'm going to transcribe it:
Buffy: I don't know what I'm supposed to say.
Giles: You needn't say anything.
Buffy: It'd be simpler if I could just hate him. I think he wanted me to. I think it made it easier for him to be the villain of the piece. Really he was just scared.
Giles: Yes, I suppose he was.
Buffy: Nothing's ever simple any more. I'm constantly trying to work it out. Who to love, or hate; who to trust. It's just like the more I know, the more confused I get.
Giles: Well, I believe that's called growing up.
Buffy: I'd like to stop then, okay?
Giles: I know the feeling.
Buffy: Does it ever get easy? [Ford rises from his grave. Buffy dusts him.]
Giles: You mean life?
Buffy: Yeah. Does it get easy?
Giles: What do you want me to say?
Buffy: Lie to me.
Giles: Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true; the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and we always defeat them and save the day! No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.
Buffy, as the credits roll: Liar.
That kills me every time. Rather than point out the innumerable instances of irony and foreshadowing in that speech, I'll simply say that in my mind, this episode begins the metamorphosis of the show from fairly harmless teenage fun to something far deeper, sadder, and more serious, continuing through "The Dark Age," "Surprise/Innocence," "Passion," and finally both parts of "Becoming." Ah, Season Two. Maybe I did save the best for last.