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Picture it: 1986. Everyone sitting around watching the season finale of Dallas, a popular US prime time soap opera. Main character Bobby, played by Patrick Duffy, had been killed off in a car crash the previous season. But in that last ep of the season his wife, who’d since remarried, opened the shower door and there was Bobby, alive and well.



The whole last season, it turns out, had been a dream. And the millions of fans all said WTF? They’d invested time and interest in a whole season that turned out not to mean a darn thing, all because Mr. Duffy’s film career didn’t take off and he wanted to come back to the show.

That’s one way to bring a character back from the dead!

What are some of your favorite methods for bringing a character back from the dead?

Date: 2017-04-09 06:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moth2fic
Really glad this comm is here. Not that I have time to join in yet, but I shall eventually and meanwhile I shall lurk and read!

Date: 2017-04-08 05:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nagi-schwarz.livejournal.com
Sometimes I just like the good old-fashioned 'they never died'. Maybe it was a close shave, maybe it was a clever escape or rescue. If it's sci-fi or fantasy, then maybe science or magic provided extra healing power.

...I think an entire season of a show that was a dream would make me scream.

Date: 2017-04-08 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browngirl.livejournal.com
When I had to bring Boromir back from the dead I used a canon change (he was captured along with the hobbits rather than arrowed to death) plus two fun cliches (he passed out and was mistaken for dead, then picked up by some peasants and nursed). I think usin a little of each worked better than just using one method would have.

Date: 2017-04-08 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antares04a.livejournal.com
My favorite method is Oma Desala bringing back Daniel Jackson two times! *g*

Date: 2017-04-08 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
As a Hobbit writer I favour the handwaving of not as badly injured as thought. Which happily works for a large section of the fandom ;)

Date: 2017-04-08 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanyareed.livejournal.com
The whole Groundhog Day is a fun way to bring people back from the dead. Even though it's been done a million times, I still enjoy it.

Date: 2017-04-08 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fengirl88.livejournal.com
This drabble by mrkinch (http://archiveofourown.org/works/1129928) is one of my favourite ways of bringing a character back from the dead - in this case Darwin in X-Men First Class, whose mutant gift was to adapt to survive AND WHO SHOULD THEREFORE NEVER HAVE BEEN KILLED OFF IN THE FIRST FUCKING PLACE.
Edited Date: 2017-04-08 09:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-09 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandykaysfic.livejournal.com
Doubles from an AU - such as Harry Kim and Naomi Wildman in ST: Voyager. The same person, but not really.

But I really like a last minute science or magic save best.

What I'm hoping to write involves misindentification of the body.
Edited Date: 2017-04-09 12:35 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-09 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fickle-fics.livejournal.com
It depends entirely on the character. I have three things I'm considering. One's Chris from Skins in which case he didn't die, just ended up back in hospital, one's The Cardinal from the Musketeers which is a faked his own death type thing. Then of course there's time travel for anything Doctor Who.

Date: 2017-04-09 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fickle-fics.livejournal.com
thanks, I may end up doing both, the Cardinal one's just way more of a task.
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