In the annals of longform cable scriptwriting there’s nothing so loathsome as killing a character off and then saying “Well, maybe he’ll return somehow.” If you decide not to kill a character, fine, but once you’ve done it, stick to it. Fudging around because the fans don’t like it is pathetic — an admission that you have no integrity, no backbone. If the fans want the character restored to life, you need to post on the show’s website or Facebook page, “I get it, I’m sorry, I know how you feel. But the ship has sailed and he’s fucking dead. On top of which he was too short to begin with.”