Family Guy kills off Brian Griffin – The Life of Brian Griffin

If you watched this past Sunday’s episode of Family Guy on Fox, you saw the tragic accident that has will forever change the Griffin household and the current comedy flow of the series. If not your Twitter or Facebook have probably been spammed with posts from friends about the huge news…Brian Griffin is dead.

Season 12 Episode 6 of the series is a huge turning point for the immensely popular Fox animated series. Brian was hit by a car and in his last moments, he told the family he loved them. The episode began as Stewie and Brian are being chased by a group of Native Americans, Stewie previously had gone back in time and armed them with fire arms, causing the future to change where Native Americans are in charge. After going back and correcting his mistake, Stewie decided to dismantle and destroy his time machine at the city dump. Finding a portable net for street hockey, Brian decides to take it and after setting it up leads to the tragic moment.

A month later the Griffin’s decide to finally adopt a new pet, they find a talking dog named Vinny (voiced by Tony Sirico) who will now try to fill the void, and while the other Griffin family members start welcoming Vinny into the family, Stewie misses Brian too much. The episode didn’t feature much comedy, but was more a way to cope with Brian’s departure. We didn’t get to see Vinny shine too much on his first episode, but he proved to be an interesting character to watch.

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For 216 episodes, Brian Griffin has been an important part of the series, which he played many important roles that only made the series better. Who could forget the bond Peter and Brain shared as best friends? There was nothing Brian wouldn’t do for Peter, even putting on the Banana suit to crack a smile.

Family GuyBrian has the ability to work with all the characters and make them shine. He was at times the glue that brought the family together, whether it was trying to hook up with Lois, helping Chris grow into a fine young man or having his crazy stories with Meg. You always knew no matter how big his ego got, he was part of the family.

Brian and Stewie Griffin were two best friends that had a love/hate relationship, and the two were almost inseparable (even though they would never admit it). The two played off each other so well that it’s pretty hard to see another character come in and try to recreate the same magic the two had together.

Family Guy hinted many times about Brian questioning his life and death many times, and at times was even ready to give up his life for any member of the family. Is this truly the end for Brian Griffin? Probably not, since there could be other ways to bring him back. Stewie is capable of cloning and creating time machines after all.

Here are some theories on how Stewie can bring Brian back:

  • While Stewie couldn’t get the part he needed for his new time machine, it doesn’t mean he won’t have at a later time. Also did he destroy the return pad from the Indian world he created?
  • Family Guy loves messing around with Star Trek and Star Wars stories. What’s to stop us from seeing some sort of homage to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock as a movie or special.
  • Stewie and Brian were great together in the “Road to….” series. In all honesty it allowed Stewie’s character to shine and allowed him to take center stage in a different way as seasons progressed. So who knows, we could see a “Road to Brian” sometime in the future.

This would probably be the teams fall back plan if the character Vinny doesn’t pan out, but it seems the team behind Family Guy plans on going forward in a new direction. Only time can tell, but for sure Brian Griffin will never be forgotten.

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In an interview with E! Entertainment, Steve Callaghan talked about the decision made to kill off Brian:

“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.”

He talks about why they had to add a replacement for Brian.

“It felt like the way that this show was conceived by Seth all those years ago, it was this entire family unit including the parents, kids and a dog. So by losing Brian, it felt like a void needed to be filled both comically, and also for the interpersonal relationships between all the characters. We felt that we needed to fill that role.”

Callaghan reveals where the idea came from to hire Tony Sirico as Vinny.

“I think it was Seth’s idea actually to get Tony to come in. He’s a big fan of The Sopranos and always loved Tony Sirico in particular and he thought it would be fun to write a character based around his voice and his personality and just who he is as an actor.”

He then talks about the differences between Brian and Vinny.

“Vinny is a really good match for Stewie. Where Brian was sort of a match for Stewie intellectually, Vinny is a good match for Stewie because he doesn’t let Stewie get away with any crap. He’ll call Stewie out on his B.S. freely.”

This is for sure, the show will never be the same again.

Interview Source E! Entertainment                                                                                                 Images are owned by Fox Broadcasting Company

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.