As a television lover, there is nothing more heartbreaking than watching one of your favourite characters get written off your favourite show. We list 5 television charachters we would bring back from the dead.
At least if they are written off with room for a possible return one day (e.g., when someone “moves to America to further their studies”) then you can be faintly optimistic that you will see your fave again.
But when they die that’s kind of the end.
Or is it?
What if we could bring back our favourite characters (let’s face it, we’ve seen it happen before) with a small change to the scripts?
We can only dream, but here is who we would bring back if we could…
Isibaya – Zama
How can you kill one of our faves… at a wedding of all things? We would love for it all to have been a nightmare and see Zama back on our screens.
And then on my casting journey this nursery school teacher came to audition for Isibaya in Durban and the rest is history. Today she said goodbye and what a great shift she put in. Well done @Linda_Mtoba and RIP ZAMA NGWENYA #isibaya pic.twitter.com/qwwvTRcFti
— Kutlwano Ditsele (@thafilmaka) January 29, 2018
Generations – Mandla
It feels like a lifetime ago but there was once a time when Generations was just Generations (and not …The Legacy). Back then, Karabo was married to Mandla until he was found dead in a dramatic episode. We are still recovering, more than a decade later.
But… what if he faked his death to avoid financial drama and made a dramatic comeback in 2018?
— Thabo Sedibe (@ThabowaSedibe) May 8, 2018
Uzalo – MaNzuza
Behind the scenes, Leleti Khumalo’s departure from Uzalo was shrouded in controversy. So much so that by the time her character, MaNzuza, was killed off, we were all expecting it.
A comeback would be nearly impossible but if the show decided to go the Isibaya route, we could see her return as a zombie.
— Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) January 16, 2018
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The River – Ntate Mokoena
We’ve experienced unexpected deaths but how do you kill off a character in the first episode of a new show?! When Ntate Mokoena died we were left with a cliffhanger – as the show’s elder was on the cusp of revealing a secret that would have torn families apart.
We would love to see the spirit of Ntate Mokoena return, and finally understand what he was about to reveal.
#TheRiver1Magic Tjoo the River! There’s never been a soapie that kills off as many characters like this. Ntate Mokoena; Happy, Vero, now Andile! Who is next?They might just as well tell us before we connect emotionally ? Ba bolaya fela left, right and centre??? pic.twitter.com/O8zDgsQy2w
— Rere (@rmodise00) May 4, 2018
Isidingo – Frank Xavier
Frank Xavier was one of the most notorious characters on Isidingo.He was also one of the longest-serving cast members but even the most loyal fans didn’t see his death coming.
He died after the doctors ‘pulled the plug’ on his life (he had been declared brain dead).
However, all need not be lost. Frank could come back as a ghost for several episodes, advising those he left behind.
— Ofentse Shezi (@OfentseShezi) July 29, 2015