After some 12 seasons on air, over 200 episodes, a spinoff and a cancellation, ‘Family Guy’ has suddenly and tragically parted ways with a major character.
On this evening’s episode, the sixth of Season 12, the Griffin’s smart and savvy martini-drinking dog Brian was hit by a car and killed. He was eight years old (well, sort of; animated characters don’t really seem to age).
The beloved family pet, a cultured Labrador who spouted wisdom, drove a car, went to school, and was more or less the brightest person in the family, was at the center of rather unexpected development. Sure, it makes sense that a dog gets hit by a car and dies – but this is animated sitcom world, where nothing ever really changes. Right?
The incident took place in an episode, one aptly dubbed ‘Life of Brian,’ that found Stewie and Brian traveling through time, messing up the future and learning about the dangers of such exploration. Not unlike Marty McFly, upon Stewie’s return to the present, the time machine destroyed.
It was only after the destruction that Brian lost his life.
While audience will have two weeks to grieve, as ‘Family Guy’ is off for a week and returns on Dec. 8, a new dog has already been introduced to the family. Vinny, a less refined pooch voiced by Tony Sirico of ‘The Sopranos’ fame, will be a new member in the Griffin’s household and also be included in the opening credits.
So this is goodbye to Brian, but for those who are dismayed or depressed, there will always be memories – over 200 of them.