There's nothing more troubling than learning of a loved one's death. But what happens when you learn that your loved one met his/her demise in a completely different way than you were originally told? That's the disturbing dilemma many TV characters face when they learn the truth about the circumstances surrounding the death of their loved ones. From dramas to comedies, these TV shows feature character deaths that aren't always what they seem.
"Dexter"Dexter Morgan was raised by his adopted father, a cop named Harry. This father figure was the man who taught Dex how to kill without getting caught. Sadly, Harry died from heart disease when Dex was a young man. At least, that's what Dex thought for years. Eventually, Dex learns the truth: Harry killed himself after walking in on one of Dexter's kills and was revolted by what his son was doing. Harry could handle Dexter's activities in theory but couldn't handle seeing him in the act. Lawful Harry Morgan just couldn't stomach the idea that he had turned his son into a monstrous killing machine.
"Alias"Sydney Bristow was always told that her mother died in a car crash, but Laura Bristow didn't die in that car crash. In fact, her name wasn't even really Laura. The woman Sydney knew as her mother was a KGB double agent named Irina Derevko. Irina staged the car crash to fake her own death. Years later, Sydney was present at Irina's true death. Sydney tried to save her, but her mother was too obsessed with a Rimbaldi artifact to have any sense of self-preservation.
Nick's parents died in a car crash 15 years ago, and he was raised by his mother's sister. He always assumed the crash was an accident, but eventually learned the truth. The car accident was no accident: It was an assassination. Even more surprising: Nick's mom didn't die in the crash. The woman in the car was Nick's mother's friend Gina. After the crash, Nick's mom went on the run to further the illusion that she had died.