If recent entertainment has taught us anything, it's that the supernatural has always lured us in more than we'd like to admit. Whether you firmly believe that fairies exist or that a crystal ball may be able to tell you your future, truth is, we're drawn to the unknown like moths to a flame. Proof of that is the ever-growing number of books, TV shows and movies which feature the genre, and their highly devoted fanbases.
Every now and then a TV show will kill off a beloved character and we all get our hopes up whenever it's a supernatural show — because we know there's always a chance for some resurrecting magic. Defying the rules of logic (and real life for that matter), the following five shows have all resorted to magic as a means to save a character. And even if you're the skeptical type, there's no denying that you were deeply thankful for it!
5. Freya and Ingrid Beauchamp (Witches of East End)
Based on the premise that the two leading characters, Freya and Ingrid, had been reincarnating and dying together for centuries, it's not at all surprising that it would eventually happen again. In Season 2, the worst happens and the sisters are murdered just before they turn thirty (as predicted).
Fortunately, their grandfather, King of Asgard, is able to resurrect them using a magic spell — giving them at least three more episodes to live before Witches of East End was canceled by Lifetime.
4. Sara Lance (Arrow)
The producers have always prided themselves on sticking to more realistic — a.k.a. non-metahuman — characters in Arrow. When Sara died in the Season 3 premiere, many fans thought she was gone for good. It took a whole season for Sara to be brought back. In the interim, Thea got fatally wounded by Ra's al Ghul in an attempt to make Oliver his successor.
Oliver was able to save Thea's life through the Lazarus Pit, in Nanda Parbat. The Pit was a pool of regenerative waters, which could restore health and provide longevity, as it had done for Ra's al Ghul for many years. It's only after Thea is saved that Laurel comes up with the idea of using the Pit to bring Sara back. She eventually manages to — with Thea's help — and although Sara came back quite different (since she'd been dead for so long), it was good to have her back.
3. Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
Both the Winchester brothers have suffered their share of untimely deaths in Supernatural's eleven seasons, and (of course) some way or another, were always brought back. The best one by far was Dean's resurrection in the Season 4 premiere, after the previous season had ended with his death by hellhounds.
This death was so important not just because of how Dean was resurrected (Angel Castiel brought Dean back by God's orders), but because it paved the way to the whole heaven and hell plot for Seasons 4 and 5. This resurrection made Dean become more than a simple hunter, as he took the lead role in stopping the Apocalypse, thence becoming the world's savior.
2. Elena Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries)
It's pretty much a staple in The Vampire Diaries that beloved characters do not die — I mean, leading beloved characters. So much so, that when Elena left the series at the end of Season 6, she didn't die; she was put into a deep magical sleep though. The Vampire Diaries has played with all the possible ways someone could survive death: using the Gilbert Ring, Bonnie Bennett's witch abilities and, of course, escaping death by becoming a vampire.
As cliché as it may sound, Elena's transformation into a vampire was highly anticipated by book readers, and it brought out a whole new side of the considerably dull Elena Gilbert. It was really poetic that Elena's human death happened in the same way her parents died (via car crash) and that it was once again Stephan who came to the rescue. The doctor feeding Elena some vampire blood before she died (which enabled her return) was a great twist to what could have been a predictable Twilight Saga moment.
1. Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)
When Season 5 of Game of Thrones ended, fans were left without any written source from George R.R. Martin to know what actually would become of Lord Commander of the Night's Watch Jon Snow. His watch had seemingly ended, as he was betrayed and stabbed to death by his own brothers of the Night's Watch after he allowed Wildlings to go south of the Wall.
It was only in the second episode of Thrones' Season 6 that we saw the Red Woman Melisandre — a Priestess and prophetess of the Red God — attempt to bring Jon Snow back from the dead. Although everyone present initially took it as a failure, the final seconds of "Home" surprised us with Jon opening his eyes and drawing some breaths, making Melisandre believe he could be the "Prince that was promised."
Death may be inevitable, but as long as you're a character in a supernatural series, you should be fine (at least while there's magic around). And, although sometimes we understand it's time for a character to finally go, it's pretty comforting to know they won't need to look for a dumpster if they want to survive when death comes knocking — The Walking Dead style.