18 TV Characters Who Came Back From the Dead (Photos)
Jon Snow’s case is really just the tip of the undoing-on-screen-demises iceberg
Jennifer Maas | June 13, 2018 @ 11:43 AM
Last Updated: July 14, 2018 @ 5:06 PM
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Dead is dead is dead. Unless you're on TV. Whether it was planned out carefully over several seasons by writers or thrown in without a solid explanation, small-screen deaths don't always stick. It's not uncommon for a TV character to be resurrected after you were sure, so sure, that they were gone for good. Seriously, the trope has been done to death at this point. Click through TheWrap's gallery to see the best examples. And, it really should go without saying, but spoiler alert.
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Buffy Summers, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- Here lies Buffy Summers. She saved the world. A lot. Yes, the titular heroine of Joss Whedon's OG supernatural series died at the end of Season 5, just before the show jumped to UPN. She sacrificed herself as a "gift" to the world. But not to worry, her super powerful witch BFF Willow was able to resurrect her by the Season 6 premiere.
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Taylor Hayes, "The Bold and the Beautiful" -- Taylor died and came back to life twice and both incidents involved the same Moroccan prince. Look, we get that it's a soap opera, but even that was a bit much.
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Alison DiLaurentis, "Pretty Little Liars" -- You may have figured it out before it was actually revealed on screen after a few seasons, but yes, Alison was alive the whole time. And she'd been watching her friends grieving and suffering over her death, and the blackmail that came soon after she croaked, for years. Awkward.
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Michael Cordero, "Jane the Virgin" -- Jane's husband Michael died halfway through Season 3 of The CW series, collapsing suddenly after recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest months earlier. The show immediately jumped ahead a few years, where Jane was finally able to find love again with Rafael. However, in the final moments of the recent Season 4 finale, we discovered Michael is still alive, but we have no idea how. Fans should find out when the fifth season premieres this fall and that reveal can't come fast enough.
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Dan Conner, "Roseanne" -- The ABC sitcom's revival explained away Dan's death on the original series' depressing finale as a joke in the first few minutes of its return. Of course, then the comedy itself was killed off last month after just one new season, thanks to star Roseanne Barr's tweeting habits.
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Tasha Yar, "Star Trek the Next Generation" -- This was a case of an actor wanting out, then back in, and a show obliging by way of death. Denise Crosby didn't like the direction "TNG" was going in, so they killed off Tasha. But then, they had to find a way to bring her back for a few episodes, so when Crosby was on board with returning, the writers created a new timeline where she didn't die. But she was only alive in that timeline. Problem solved.
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Sherlock Holmes, "Sherlock" -- Fans had to wait two long years to find out how Benedict Cumberbatch's character could have possibly survived leaping from a hospital roof to his death. In the end, "Sherlock" decided to tease you for eternity by suggesting a few possibilities, but ultimately never revealing what happened.
Sydney Andrews, "Melrose Place" -- In 1997, viewers of this primetime Fox soap were crushed when a car struck and killed Sydney Andrews on her wedding day in the original series. But in the pilot of the short-lived remake, Sydney is alive -- for about 10 minutes. She's soon found floating in the apartment complex's pool. Sorry, Syd.