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Family Guy fans can let out a sigh of relief, because Brian the Dog is back like he never left. We sort of knew – or at least hoped – the creators of Family Guy would bring back our favorite family pet after killing him off a few weeks ago, and yesterday we got our wish. After a large public outcry, a petition and a whole lot of debating, Brian came back from the dead. 

Stewie only had one Christmas wish on last night’s episode, and that was to get his dog back. E!Online has the break down:

After meeting his future self who traveled back in time to help our Stewie, the foul-mouthed tyke also traveled back in time to the day of the accident, saving Brian’s life. “You’re alive my friend!” he exclaimed. “I couldn’t live without you so I came back from the future to save your life.” Brian’s response? “Thank you for saving my life,” he said. “A lot of other families would have just gotten another dog and moved on.”

Fake Terio look.

So why kill off Brian only to bring him back? To shake things up, of course. Family Guy exec producer Steve Callaghan told E!:

He said he wasn’t worried about any backlash from fans “only because our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us. We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series.”

As for why they decided to kill off the beloved character, he explained, “This was an idea that got pitched in the writers room and it sort of caught fire, and we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up. 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.”

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter to explain the grand message of Brian’s death:

“And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash. I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be fucking high. Oh and hey… thanks for caring so much about the canine Griffin. He is overcome with gratitude.”

We’re glad Brian is back.


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