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Brian to Return From the Dead for Christmas “Family Guy” Episode

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What is Seth MacFarlane up to lately? He sure seems to be toying with our emotions with this “Family Guy” Brian drama.

Normally, it would be sad if the family dog died on a popular network sitcom, but it wouldn’t be so detrimental. However, this was Brian Griffin, a talking dog and one of the show’s lead characters.

The martini, book and lady loving pet was playing hockey in the road with his best pal Stewie when he was hit by a car on the Nov. 24 episode. The family ran to his side in horror. Stewie tried to fix his broken time machine to save his friend, but failed.

Brian’s last words were, “You’ve given me a wonderful life. I love you all.”

I admit that loss had me in tears. Anyone else willing to ‘fess up?

Fans immediately voiced their dislike to this turn of events on social media. Nearly 100,000 comments were left on the official “Family Guy” Facebook page in response to a photo captioned “RIP Brian Griffin.” 

Theories on why the dog was taken and rumors of what McFarlane is up to immediately started swirling. Would there be more deaths? Was a spinoff in the works? Was the death just a dream?

A change.org petition to bring Brian back gathered over 125,000 signatures before it was closed. The petition said, “The writers of ‘Family Guy’ didn’t just kill off one of their creations, they killed off the dog who has lived in our homes for the last 15 years. They killed the dog we all have come to love. They killed America’s dog!”

Through all the fan outrage, Seth MacFarlane, series creator and voice of Brian Griffin, has been quiet. MacFarlane told the “Hollywood Reporter” he thinks the show should have already ended. Conspiracy theories are swirling that the beloved dog was killed off as part of Seth’s plan to be done with “Family Guy.”

However, fans remain hopeful this week after Entertainment Weekly reported Brian will appear on the Dec. 15 episode, titled “Christmas Guy.” The fan favorite is even listed in the cast of characters. This is a big improvement as he was just replaced by the family’s new dog, Vinny, in the opening credits. “Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas,” is the episode summary.

The cartoon’s executive Produce Steve Callaghan called the decision to kill off Brian “a fun way to shake things up.” He said, “As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters.”

That sounds like reason to have hope that Brian’s return will be permanent. Blogger Mandy Robinson agrees, “They wanted to get ratings and people talking about them and it was smart because it worked.”

Most fans responded with enthusiasm regarding Brian’s return. What are your thoughts on the “Family Guy” Brian theories? Do you think he’s coming back for good or is it just another ratings ploy?

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