How did Michael die in Prison Break?

Written by Kamil Arli

The Mirror Columnist JO-ANNE ROWNEY published an article on the Prison Break that is back on our screens years after the original came to an end.

The show is on Fox with the original cast including Lincoln ( Dominic Purcell ), Sara ( Sarah Wayne Callies ), T-Bag ( Robert Knepper ), C-note (Rockmond Dunbar) and Sucre (Amaury Nolasco).

Even the star of the show Michael Scofield ( Wentworth Miller ) is back, which is slightly baffling seeing as he died in the original series.


The new series begins with Miller acknowledging this: “I died seven years ago,” he says before going on to talk about freedom then the all important discovery by his brother Lincoln, that Michael may actually be alive and in Yemen prison.

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As it’s been so long since we last saw the crew you’d be forgiven for being a little confused. How did this all happen? How is Michael still alive? There’s no weird voodoo magic, or ‘it was all a dream’, don’t worry.

How did Michael die?

The brothers are back (Photo: FOX)

So how did Michael die? His actual end comes in a separate movie The Final Break, a TV special, which starts with Sara and Michael getting married.

It’s Sara that ends up in prison after being arrested on their wedding day for a murder she committed to save Michael who is now faced with the same task – to break someone he loves out of the joint.

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Michael sneaks into prison and leads Sara to freedom, but at the end there’s a locked door that traps them both inside when his key card doesn’t work.

'Prison Break', (from left) Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller
‘Prison Break’, (from left) Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller (Photo: 20thC.Fox/Everett/REX/Shutterstock)

Michael knew this was a possibility. He says he can open the door by creating a power surge to override the system. There’s a small problem though, the surge will electrocute him and kill him. After an emotional goodbye, he puts the wires together, opening the door but also seemingly killing him. Sara sees an explosion as she makes it away.

Sara escapes, thinking Michael died. Mahone also shows her Michael’s medical records that show he didn’t have much longer to live. She’s also given a letter and DVD from Michael that he left behind just in case he didn’t make it. The message reveals Michael would have died anyway as The Company hadn’t cured him of his disease – they only delayed his death. He says he has no regrets, but he’s glad they are all finally ‘free’.

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How did Michael survive?

The cast are back on Fox (Photo: FOX)

Well, first he didn’t technically die on screen. We just saw an explosion. Yes, he had a brain tumour and he electrocuted himself.

It’s entirely plausible the power surge didn’t kill him, but just stunned him. It seems he was discovered by either The Company or the government … or both.

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Kamil Arli

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