Hopefully, with the expansion of the Rogues Â there won't be too much recycling. Â Without some new direction...I fail to see this series lasting till Season 5. Â :(
Unfortunately, the Showrunners of our favorite Super-Hero TV shows cannot learn how to let go of bad guys.
Malcolm Merlyn is a series regular for ALL the CW shows now (except Supergirl), along with Captain Cold, Reverse Flash and the Evil Black Canary. With the exception of the evil Black Canary, all of these characters are dead or should be dead.
And the more they add, the less variety we are going to get when it comes to villains of the week in these seasons because we are going to be seeing a LOT of these guys.
And all because the Showrunners cannot keep a bad guy down and DEAD but always have to bring them back and show them over and over again!
I see no reason why any of those characters were killed. However, I agree with you, if you are going to kill them...keep them dead. There is no need for alt versions of dead characters.
As I was thinking what to type...I answered my own question: as this show is based on a comic book where death is meaningless; why are we surprised when the tv show follows suit?