Tragedy Strikes on Family Guy
See below for surprising spoiler
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 25, 2013 8:50 AM CST
Updated Nov 25, 2013 10:51 AM CST
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(Newser) – Major spoiler alert: A member of the Family Guy family died in last night's episode, and apparently it wasn't a joke. Brian the dog was hit by a car during a street hockey game with baby Stewie, the Huffington Post reports. His last, not-so-funny words: "You’ve given me a wonderful life. I love you all." Following his passing, the Griffins got a new canine companion, Vinny, voiced by Sopranos actor Tony Sirico. Why doesn't Stewie just use his time machine to fix the situation, you ask? Well, he took it apart in the same episode, E! Online notes, and he's missing parts necessary to fix it.

For an explanation of the surprise, E! spoke to executive producer Steve Callaghan. "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," he said. "We got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics." As for why it was Brian who suffered the fate, "it seemed more in the realm of a reality"—and less "traumatic"—"that a dog would get hit by a car than if one of the kids died."

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Nov 30, 2013 7:30 PM CST
He's Toon, you can't kill a Toon!
Nov 27, 2013 3:07 AM CST
Trash.....biggest demo are men that live in their mother's basement.
Nov 26, 2013 4:17 PM CST
Why not just kill Chris? He's the most worthless character ever. Meg is around for people to hate, Stewie is around because evil babies are hilarious, Peter already covers the annoying dumb role, Lois plays the straight woman (who is secretly very kinky) and Brian's character by far makes the show. Chris is totally the zeppo. He is almost entirely unnecessary and no one would care if he got killed off. I haven't watched the show in years, but when I did, as soon as he came on screen, I said "please die" on more than one occasion.