“Family Guy” Kills Off Longtime Character

The cast of Family Guy just got a little slimmer after a major character got the axe of Sunday night’s episode. Are you as shocked as we are?

Spoilers Below…

It looks as though the FOX comedy will also have to update its opening credits now that Brian, the Griffins’ beloved canine, has been killed off. Voiced by Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Brian had been a mainstay on the show since its inception in 1999.

The side-splitting pooch met his demise during the Season 12 episode titled Life of Brian. He was struck by a car while setting up, of all things, road hockey net found at the city dump. Stewie had just dismantled his time machine, explaining both why they were at the dump in the first place and why the baby genius could not go back in time and save his friend.

Brian’s accident prompted an emotional hospital scene and funeral. A month later the Griffins realize they must move on in order to get over Brian. They visit a local animal shelter, where they find Vinny, an Italian-American pussy hound (Get your mind out of the gutter…) who wins the family over. The new addition is voiced by Sopranos actor Tony Sirico.

Brian’s departure has been met with a resounding groan across social media. Family Guy executive producer Steve Callaghan spoke to E! Online about the decision.

“We thought it could be a fun way to shake things up. It seemed more in the realm of a reality that a dog would get hit by a car. As much as we love Brian, and as much as everyone loves their pets, we felt it would be more traumatic to lose one of the kids, rather than the family pet…Where Brian was sort of a match for Stewie intellectually, Vinny is a good match for Stewie because he doesn’t let Stewie get away with any crap,” Callaghan says. “He’ll call Stewie out on his b.s. freely.”

What did you make of the move? Have we seen the last of Brian?

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