'Family Guy' kills off Brian Griffin
Brian Griffin, the martini-drinking anthropomorphic dog from the animated series Family Guy, has been killed off. In the episode which aired on November 24, Brian was hit by a car and subsequently died from his injuries.
In the same episode (entitled Life of Brian), Stewie Griffin had dismantled his oft-used time machine, and was unable to reconstruct it to go back and save Brian. A month after Brian's funeral, the family get a new dog, Vinny, voiced by Tony Sirico.
Family Guy writer Steve Callaghan explained why they decided 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.
Update: Some fans were, predictably, not happy with Brian's fate. The effectiveness of online petitions is debatable, but one has been set calling for Brian's return. As of now (Nov 26), it has just under 42,000 signatures.
Update2: Brian was resurrected in the December 15 episode, entitled Christmas Guy. Stewie encounters a younger time-travelling version of himself, from before the point he destroyed the time machine, and he borrows the machine to go back and push Brian out of the way of the car that would have killed him. Stewie just has enough time to explain the situation to Brian before he fades from existence, the timeline having been changed. The episode ends on Christmas Day with Brian alive and Stewie unaware of Brian having died.