Question: Hey, what's the deal with no "long dead" character returning "with a vengeance" in 24's finale, as reported earlier in TV Guide? I was all wound up to have Tony Almeida back, and no such person showed up!
Answer: OK, here's the straight scoop: I know for a fact that producers very briefly considered bringing Tony back from the dead in the finale's closing moments. Ultimately, however, they decided that such a twist would violate the premise of the series. And as cool as it would've been to have Tony back, I believe they made the right decision.