The death of beloved Family Guy dog Brian Griffin wasn’t as permanent as we initially thought. As previously predicted, Sunday night’s edition of the FOX comedy saw the resurrection of the popular character.
A regular on the series since its 1999 inception, Brian was hit and killed by a car on the Nov. 24 edition of Family Guy. Still inconsolable over the death of his best friend, toddler Stewie visits the Quahog Mall to ask the faux Santa to do the impossible and bring Brian back from the dead.
While there, Stewie spies a time-traveling version of himself from the past, steals a time machine and rewinds history to the moment before Brian was hit by the car and killed. Instead, Stewie pushes him out of the way at the last second, and Brian never died.
Thankful to Stewie for the belated lifeline, Brian replies:
“Thank you for saving my life. A lot of other families would have just gotten another dog and moved on.”
Speaking of new dogs, this change means newest Griffin addition Vinnie is no longer part of the family. Not that he’ll be missed. Fans were outraged over Brian’s demise, #BringBrianBack became a trending topic on Twitter.
After the episode aired, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane took to the social media site to comment on the storyline, writing:
“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? We’d have to be f**king high.”