Anyone who has watched a serialized TV drama knows what we're talking about: An episode (let's be real, normally a finale) will feature a character's dramatic "death" only for it to be later revealed that — *shock* — they're baaaack. Sometimes these non-deaths are successfully dramatic and send the show off in interesting directions, while other times they just make us roll our eyes and wonder why the writers even bothered. Only time will tell which category Eric falls into.
While we anxiously wait until next year to see how Eric's story will play out, let's take a look at some of our favorite and least favorite TV fake-out deaths. Hopefully the True Blood writers will be able to learn something from what's come before.