(Line artwork by me, colors by TFW2005.COM member BDixonarts)
Despite the horrible deaths of fan-favorites, not everyone was killed off. Season 3 of The Transformers does see returns from previous cast members, such as Perceptor (who end up becoming a fairly prominent cast member). Blaster is even put in a security position in charge over Metroplex. Omega Supreme also continues as a carrier for the Autobots, though Sky Lynx pretty much takes over as the deep space carrier for the Autobots.
Speaking of carriers, we arrive to the subject of this post - Skyfire! Until Omega Supreme arrives, he is prominently the Autobot's transport. As a character, his introduction in "Fire in the Sky" and his return in "Fire on the Mountain" are his most prominent episodes. He continues along, yet just fades out for the events of The Transformers: The Movie. So, we don't see him get killed, and we can presume he makes it through into Season 3.
Therein lies our problem. There's a fun little mystery as to the fate of Skyfire. However, Season 3 offers some conflicting information, so let's explore: