‘Family Guy’ kills off a major character

This image released by Fox shows characters from the Fox animated series, "Family Guy." (AP Photo/Fox)

For 11 seasons, we’ve gotten to know and love the quirky characters that make up Family Guy. But like The Simpsons or Futurama it’s hard to imagine watching any of these series with the absence of any one of their crucial characters.


On Sunday night’s episode of Family Guy, we saw Brian, the Griffin’s family dog, get hit by a car and die. This actually shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to new/recent viewers – we were warned. Creator Seth MacFarlane’s Emmy-winning TV series took a deep dive into even darker territory a few years ago and it continues to push boundaries with gross imagery and highly sensitive topics.

Close followers of the show are aware of the fact that Stewie, the Griffin’s genius baby, created a time machine that is used frequently throughout the series. However, on Sunday night’s episode, the machine is broken which prevents Stewie from traveling back in time to save his best friend.

So does this mean we might see the return of Brian? Or is this all part of a grander plan? “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,” executive producer Steve Callaghan told E!. ”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.” He went on to say that killing off a human character would be much “too traumatic” for viewers.

A new character, and dog, named Vinny, quickly replaced Brian and is voiced by The Sopranos' Tony Sirico.

We leave you with a clip – R.I.P. Brian Griffin.

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