This thread brought to you by people refusing to believe this fact in the Cliffjumper toy thread. No I don't expect this to change any minds. So rant on. 1: He was a minor character who most people had never heard of. There is no reason to hide such a character behind the veil of a fake death. Megatron is orders of magnitude greater, and in the very next episode was revealed to still be alive. Skyquake hasn't/won't get that treatment. Skyquake is dead. 2: Optimus said they had to bury him and we see his optics go dark. Optimus should know the difference between a live bot and a dead one after having fought a war for so long. Plus there is no reason to lie about such a minor character. The creators said characters can die die. They wouldn't go back on that this quickly. Skyquake is dead. 3: Raf's notes say he's dead. Again they wouldn't reinforce that point in an official capacity unless it were true. Skyquake is dead. 4: There is no evidence he's alive. The Decepticons don't have him. The Autobots wouldn't have turned him over to Fowler, nor did they say/show anything to imply he's at their base. The last we heard of him is that Optimus was going to bury him. Skyquake is dead.