Let’s say I have a creature in the graveyard. I then cast Postmortem Lunge, which reads

Return target creature card with converted mana cost X from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step.

Then, after bring the creature back, I sacrifice it, or it dies some other way. At the end of my turn would Postmortem Lunge exile it out of my graveyard?

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This card has the following Oracle ruling:

If the creature is no longer on the battlefield at the beginning of the next end step, it won't be exiled.

This is an instance of general principle: when an effect states that a card moves from one zone to another, if the target card is no longer in the starting zone when the effect resolves, then the effect is countered. In this particular case, Postmortem Lunge creates a delayed trigger which implicitly expects its target to be on the battlefield when it resolves, since that's where the card last put that creature. If the target is no longer on the battlefield, then the effect is countered.

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    For more fun and games, if you cast Undying Evil on the creature before you sacrifice it, it'll come back again with a +1/+1 counter, and the exile trigger will fail because the creature on the battlefield is not the same one that the trigger originally targeted. Commented Feb 14, 2012 at 19:52

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