Family Guy: Seth MacFarlane reveals he never expected such “rage” from viewers after killing off Brian Griffin

by Nick Barnes
Brian Stewie Griffin Family Guy

Brian Stewie Griffin Family Guy

It’s safe to say that one of the biggest storylines to grace Family Guy last year was over the Christmas period in which Seth MacFarlane & co killed off Brian Griffin.

The announcement came at Comic-Con in July 2013 in which the team announced that one of the main characters would be killed off, and it was made out that they’d be gone forever. However, Seth MacFarlane has spoken out about his decision for the first time recently, in which he said that he never expected the backlash the show got.

Over the Christmas period, we saw Brian get run down by an out of control car and he passed away at the vets. Unfortunately, on the same day, Stewie had dismantled his time machine so he couldn’t go back in time to stop the accident from ever happening.

Brian was missing from a couple of episodes and the family went out and bought a new dog, which didn’t live up to the expectations of viewers or the animated family. However, Stewie went stopping in one episode before the Christmas break in which he saw another him in the mall. He remembered that he’d travelled forward in time to pick up an important present. Stewie spied this as his chance to go back in time and stop the accident from happening.

Brian Stewie Griffin Family Guy

When he pushed Brian out of he way of the car, Stewie never explained that he had been replaced with another dog. Since the timelines crossed, Stewie faded out of the picture shortly after but Brian understood that he’d had his life saved.

Speaking about the episode, Seth MacFarlane said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour: It surprised us all. We were all very surprised, in a good way, that people still cared enough about that character to be angry. We thought it would create a little bit of a stir, but the rage wasn’t something we counted on.

“It did what it was designed to do – it reminded people this is still a show where anything can happen despite the fact it’s been on for a while”.

However, fans can sleep easy as MacFarlane confirmed that Brian will never been killed off again. “Would I do it again? No. We already did it,” he said.

Back in December, Seth MacFarlane spoke out about the decision to kill off such a beloved character in which he said the story behind it is never to take those you love for granted.

He tweeted: “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? Jesus, we’d have to be f**king high.

“Oh and hey… thanks for caring so much about the canine Griffin. He is overcome with gratitude”.