17 TV Characters Who Came Back From the Dead (& Which Ones Should Have Stayed Dead)

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The death of a beloved television character shakes a show's very foundation, bringing change to the lives of the character's left behind and moving the plot into surprising new territory. As shocked as fans feel to lose a character they've spent week after week with, it's all the more mind-blowing when the series decides to bring back the characters we all previously assumed were dead and gone. Resurrecting a character we all thought was dead (or, in the case of rule-bending supernatural shows, knew was dead) can be an awesome twist — or, in some cases, a desperate move to revitalize a staggering series. So what resurrected TV characters were we happy to see back? Click through to find out.

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