Tonight saw a shocking twist hit Quahog and the much watched FOX series Family Guy as a major character was killed off from the show and put to rest for good. This isn’t theorist time the show has killed off a regular character but it’s the first time a main character was killed off.
Brian Griffin, the alcoholic family dog, was hit by a car during the episode and later revealed to have died. This was an event that not only shocked the characters on the show, as Stewie Griffin was distraught beyond belief, but fans of the show too have taken the death of Brian Griffin incredibly hard.
Most vented their rage and sadness on Twitter but some are still not buying that the show killed off a main character without hardly any hype at all. To be honest, this is something that both bothers and impresses me as it’s a twist that show has to be applauded for pulling off.
Unlike The Simpsons, who shoved teases of a major death down our throats earlier in the year, Family Guy killed off Brian Griffin suddenly and almost unannounced. It’s also right in line with the show being a throwback to old sitcoms of eras gone by, as major character deaths have occurred on major shows before and Family Guy treated the death in such a way.
Now, there’s the question of if he’s really dead or not. Producer Steve Callaghan spoke before the episode and confirmed that Brian is actually dead and this isn’t a prank on the fans of the show. Fans that are in denial about the death of Brian will quickly point to the fact that upcoming plots for episodes that have been revealed involve Brian being alive.
For instance, an unnamed episode sees Mya Rudolph guest voice as a runner who falls in love with Brian while another episode is entitled ‘Brian is a Bad Father’.
So in all likelihood, Brian Griffin is actually dead in the timeline of the show but it’s not like we won’t ever see him again. The show could have Brian return in flashback style episodes, where his story about falling in love with a runner is told through flashback or even a retrospective and an episode about Brian being a bad father could also be told in a similar way.
It’s a shocking twist that fans didn’t see coming and the reaction to Brian Griffin’s death and the sheer amount of denial about it goes o show just how well liked he was as a character.
Do you think Brian is really dead, or will Stewie rebuild his time machine and bring him back? Sound off in the comments section below and give us your theory.