Who would have imagined that the passing of a character from an adult-themed cartoon series would spark such a controversy? In 2013, when the long-running sitcom “Family Guy” aired Season 12, Episode 6, “Life of Brian,” this was the case.
Clarence Gilyard Jr., A Die Hard Actor, Died Tragically, The Griffin family’s witty family dog, Brian Griffin, played by Seth MacFarlane, will unexpectedly be struck by a car and murdered in the episode, causing the grieving family to adopt Vinny (voiced by Tony Sirico).
Longtime supporters, to put it mildly, did not embrace the occasion with open arms. Many fans expressed their anger at the show for murdering the character, sparking the Twitter hashtag #bringbackbrian (via New York Post). Over 100,000 people signed a petition on the website Change.org asking for the talking dog to return. Everyone, including “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, could not have predicted the visceral reaction, which made it very evident that Brian’s death was as controversial as it was unexpected.
Fan Reactions Elicited an Equally Big Surprise From Show Creator Seth Macfarlane
In 2013, the “Family Guy” fandom was shocked by the passing of Brian Griffin. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the program, was equally as shocked by the enthusiastic fan responses. u/Ghidoran poses a question on a Reddit AMA: “What did “American Dad’s” creator think of the fan response to Brian’s death on Family Guy?
Was that what you anticipated, or did it catch you off guard?” In response, MacFarlane “The magnitude of the reaction caught me off guard greatly. The positive spin, in my opinion, was that “Hey, people really really care about this guy.” That’s awesome.”
Only two episodes later, in “Christmas Guy,” when Stewie Griffin (also voiced by MacFarlane) travels back in time to save Brian, the fervent fan response would aid in bringing the cocktail-loving dog back to life. Nevertheless, MacFarlane is not sorry about his choice and intended the abrupt change to serve as a reminder to viewers of the show’s unpredictable character.
And it’s a move that might tempt him in the future. “Would I repeat it? No, we’ve already finished! “In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2014, he stated. Who knows in Season 25, though?