Bring me to life

Sci-fi show Res­ur­rec­tion is re­turn­ing the dead to the land of the liv­ing… and there are a few TV favourites we’d like back.

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Be­ing six feet un­der doesn’t mean that you’re a goner on TV. In­ter­net stream­ing ser­vice Show­max has both sea­sons of Res­ur­rec­tion (20142015) in their li­brary and the Brad Pitt-pro­duced show cen­tres on peo­ple who come back to life. But some­thing is amiss – these “res­ur­rectees” haven’t aged a day since they passed on. Like lit­tle Ja­cob (Lan­don Gimenez), the first res­ur­rectee we meet. He is found in a rice field in China, clue­less about how he got there. All he re­mem­bers is his name, home­town of Ar­ca­dia, Mis­souri and the house he lived in… which is now oc­cu­pied by an el­derly cou­ple whose eight-year-old son Ja­cob died over 30 years ago. So that got us think­ing, which other TV char­ac­ters would we bring back from the dead – and why might it be bet­ter for TV fans if they stayed rest­ing in the af­ter­life?

EDDARD “NED” STARK

Game Of Thrones (2011-cur­rent; sea­sons 1- 6 are avail­able on Show­max)

Spoiler alert – Sean Bean’s char­ac­ter dies in sea­son 1! Fans don’t even get a full 10 episodes from Dead Ned, who loses his head in episode 9.

Rise again: look at what hap­pens to his fam­ily! The Starks go from lords and ladies of the manor to mur­der­ers, thieves, vagabonds, war­lords, tro­phy wives and far worse over the sea­sons.

Rest more: how else would the fan­tasy se­ries de­velop if Sansa (So­phie Turner), Arya (Maisie Wil­liams) and the other Starks didn’t seek re­venge? Plus, if Ned was still alive, all those se­crets would stay buried and no one would know the truth about his il­le­git­i­mate son Jon Snow (Kit Har­ing­ton)…

WILL GARD­NER The Good Wife (2009-2016; all 7 sea­sons are on Show­max)

Just be­cause you’re a man­ag­ing-part­ner lawyer in a court­room doesn’t mean that you are safe. Will (played by Josh Charles) is shot mid-trial by the very crim­i­nal he’s de­fend­ing in sea­son 5 episode 15.

Rise again: fans need to see Will and lead char­ac­ter Ali­cia Flor­rick (Ju­lianna Mar­gulies) rekin­dle their love. They’ve been snog­ging since their days at law school and mid­day hook-ups in the of­fice have never been sex­ier.

Rest more: Josh wanted to leave. If Will comes back, he is go­ing to be “blah” and “meh” and “av­er­age” be­cause Josh doesn’t want to be there. And Ali­cia’s love is worth way more than that!

DEREK SHEP­HERD Grey’s Anatomy (2005-cur­rent; sea­sons 1-11 can be found on Show­max)

Hunky Pa­trick Dempsey’s char­ac­ter “Dr McDreamy” bites the bul­let in sea­son 11’s fi­nale af­ter a car crash. Ironic as Pa­trick is a pro­fes­sional rac­ing car driver!

Rise again: see­ing Derek’s lead- char­ac­ter wife Mered­ith (Ellen Pom­peo) break down as she turns off his life-sup­port will shat­ter your heart. The only thing that can heal them is Derek re­turn­ing from the grave.

Rest more: the show isn’t for sissies. When it comes to killing off big-name char­ac­ters, cre­ator Shonda Rhimes is sec­ond best only to Game Of Thrones’ author George RR Martin.

ATHELSTAN Vik­ings (2013-cur­rent; sea­sons 1-3 are on Show­max)

The hostage priest-turnedVik­ing friend (George Blag­den) is cen­tral to main man Rag­nar’s (Travis Fim­mel) devel­op­ment. But that bond with the war­lord is his down­fall in sea­son 3 episode 6 when jeal­ous boat builder Floki (Gustaf Skars­gård – see p65) cuts Athelstan down to size.

Rise again: who’ll com­plete Rag­nar’s con­ver­sion to the Chris­tian faith? Only Athelstan had the guts to help him.

Rest more: Rag­nar wouldn’t be as con­flicted and driven if his bestie was still alive. Take one for the team and stay down, Athelstan.

Back-from-the-dead Ja­cob (cen­tre) is the driv­ing force in Res­ur­rec­tion.

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