Family Guy’s Brian Griffin Killed By Car

    November 25, 2013
    Lindsay McCane
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It is sad but true…Brian, the dog, was hit by a car and died during Sunday night’s episode of Family Guy. Fans are outraged that they would kill off such an important character, but the executive producer, Steve Callaghan, says it was time for a change.

During an interview with E!, Callaghan explained why they chose to write off one of the main characters. “Well, 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.”

“It seemed more in the realm of reality that a dog would get hit by a car, than if one of the kids died,” said Callaghan. “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.”

What is even more upsetting is that the writers immediately replaced Brian with a new dog, Vinny. There should at least be some sort of mourning period, especially since Brian has been a part of every episode since the pilot aired in 1999.

Callaghan told E! that he was not concerned about backlash from fans. He believed that the fans would remain loyal to the show. However, judging by social media comments, it looks like they are extremely upset and that Family Guy may have just lost a few thousand viewers.

“I’m not, only because our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us,” said Callaghan. “We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series.”

Brian’s last words were, “You have given me a wonderful life…I love you.” He died in the vet’s office surrounded by his family. Such a tear jerker.

Did you cry during last night’s episode? Be honest and leave your comments below.

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  • Nancy

    I’ve been a faithful viewer from the beginning – your program is supposed to be a comedy. Brian was my favorite character along with all my fellow family guy fan friends. How could you? Life is tough enough and tv is an escape from real life, or it was. My opinion is that you have ruined a good thing. You are going to lose so many viewers including me. What were you thinking?

  • me

    should have killed peter he is the worst charcter on the show

  • Reese

    Why brian it could have been meg

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  • http://Webpronews.com Megan

    Why Brian?? He was my favorite character. Why couldn’t you guys like have it as they get a girl dog or something and Brian meddiatly falls in love with her and like they have puppies or something? It would have been much better with Brian in it and the girl could’ve talked also. I think my idea is much smarter than yours. Please have Stevie make a new time machine and Brian comes back please that’s all I beg for I really miss Brian and yes, I did cry during the episode and now it’s going to be different without Brian. Another good idea is to have like Stevie makes a new time machine and brings Brian back. Then Brian and Vinny become great friends and make the family much happier. I have a lot of great ideas but please bring Brian back that’s all I ask for. If you guys don’t bring Brian back you’re going to lose so many viewers so please bring Brian back. It’s for your own good.