In case you missed it, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has confirmed that yes, the original Groot is totally dead. Sorry.
Though he’s said this before, Gunn recently clarified in a tweet that Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is Groot’s son, not a baby version or a clone of Groot himself.
“First Groot is dead,” wrote Gunn. “Baby Groot is his son.”
Gunn’s tweet has sparked a lot of discussion over the nature of plants reproducing. Feel free to browse this (highly entertaining) thread at your leisure.