‘Family Guy’ Shocker: Did They Really Kill Off [Spoiler] Griffin?

Sun, November 24, 2013 11:17pm EDT by 496 Comments

Spoiler alert: Stop reading if you don’t want to know who died on ‘Family Guy!’

Fox warned us that Family Guy would be killing off a member of the Griffin family on the show’s Nov. 24 episode, but even with advanced notice, nothing could have prepared fans for the loss of such a crucial character. Seriously, not since the death of legendary newswoman Diane Simmons have we been this speechless while discussing Family Guy. So who died, and why? Read on for the tragic truth.

‘Family Guy': Brian Dies

Yes, the Griffins’ beloved dog Brian (voiced by creator Seth MacFarlane) ended up being the character killed off this week’s episode. We learned that Brian had been hit by a car, and unfortunately, Stewie (also voiced by Seth) was unable to go back in time to stop it, as he’d just disassembled his time machine.

Andy Says: Why Killing Brian Was The Right Decision

So, technically, there were two deaths this week: R.I.P., Brian… and R.I.P., Stewie’s time machine.

Oh, and Brian was “replaced” by a new dog named Vinny, which is also super-ridiculous.

‘Family Guy’ EP Explains Why Brian Had To Die

Like most fans, we’re sure you’re scratching your head, wondering why Family Guy would off such an important character.

“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,” executive producer Steve Callaghan tells E! Online. “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.”

Fans Protest Brian’s Death With Petition

Steve explains that killing off a human member of the family would be “too traumatic,” so the writers settled on the dog. As for how Mila KunisSeth Green and the other stars reacted to the news, Steve says they were “surprised.” Also, they were “glad it wasn’t them.”

HollywoodLifers, are you bummed that Brian is dead? What do you think about his replacement, Vinny? Drop a comment with your every emotion below.

— Andy Swift

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Posted at 4:28 PM on August 6, 2014  

I think stewie should dig brian up and creat a cure or a divise to bring him back but during the procedure stewie gets hurt bringing him back with the machin.. or if he uses the medicine cure he made a mistake and has redo the medicine

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Sandra

Posted at 5:01 AM on December 28, 2013  

Yeaaaaaa they brought Brian back ahahahahahahah whoohoho

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Sandra

Posted at 4:43 AM on December 28, 2013  

Like I said before I want Brian back ….after I wrote my message I looked at all the comment on here n no one seems to want to keep Vinny EVERYONE WANTS BRIAN BACK…….so bring him back u won’t have to kill Vinny just let him help Stewie build is time machine back and then give Vinny a new home I can really keep up when he talks its just bla bla bla bla… BRING BRIAN BACK….NOW before family guy gets canceled …it be like killing roger in American dad idk

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Sandra

Posted at 4:31 AM on December 28, 2013  

I do like vinny so far but I loved Brian n I want him back it isn’t family guy without a white dog Brian lol please bring him back

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Leslie M. Bliman-Kuretzky

Posted at 11:26 AM on December 24, 2013  

I meant the 15th, not the 14th

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bob

Posted at 11:21 AM on December 24, 2013  

put brian back to family guy kill vinny than bring brian back to life

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Leslie M. Bliman-Kuretzky

Posted at 11:26 AM on December 24, 2013  

Has no one here seen the episode that was aired December 14?

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John

Posted at 10:56 AM on December 22, 2013  

A stupid idea. First of all, Bryan’s death changes nothing – they removed dog actor just to add another dog actor. What’s the point?
And Bryan might be not the best character of the show, but he was much better, than Vinnie, which is absolutely blank and empty. He is like some dummy, with random speech generator. WORST DECISION in TV shows I’ve seen for long time.
I think they must revive Bryan. There may be some ways too… the only thing I know for sure: Vinnie MUST DIE!

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kelly

Posted at 2:29 PM on December 17, 2013  

I hate vinny its like Seth is begging to loose fans.getting rid of Brian!stupid mistake.then replacing him with vinny!that was even more stupid.they should bring Brian back maybe make like a strange twist.stewie gets tired of vinny rebuilds the time machine goes back in time and saves Brian.it can be just that simple if the wonted to spice the show up just shock every one with a important death then bring em’ back.

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kelly

Posted at 2:15 PM on December 17, 2013  

I don’t think they should permanently remove Brian from the show.he was a very important character of the show and family.if anyone had to die then it should have been someone like mort not Brian!know I don’t know if ill keep watching with out Brian.it just doesn’t feel like family guy.I hope they reconsider this.

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Graham

Posted at 10:15 PM on December 15, 2013  

Stupid move… And Vinny sucks. It’s like they wanted to make Family Guy less funny to match American Dad and The Cleveland Show.

Very dumb move. At least kill Vinny off. He’s irritating as hell.

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Leslie M. Bliman-Kuretzky

Posted at 11:09 PM on December 15, 2013  

Anyone see tonights episode?

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Sara

Posted at 6:31 PM on December 8, 2013  

I think taking brian off of family guy was a mistake and its just not the same anymore. Theres no reason besides stewie to watch family guy anymore.

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Doragon Suppiritto

Posted at 10:24 AM on December 13, 2013  

i agree, killing brian was a stupid move, stewie is the only funny character left, and he is getting softer

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Ignictio

Posted at 2:17 PM on December 8, 2013  

Why it couldn’t be beg though?

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bob

Posted at 11:26 AM on December 24, 2013  

who cares if it jermatick why couldnt the just kill meg off the show besides know one really cares abut her and i hate vinny he is the nastyest dog in the world bring brian back thing just arnt the same

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Guy Incogneatoo

Posted at 12:48 PM on December 8, 2013  

Brian was a leftist liberal douche that a lot of America is tired of. He was always spouting stupid propaganda and was very off putting. I kind of liked to hate him and thought it was funny he didn’t like black people. (dogs and black people don’t get along) Also, it kind of spoke to the whole Liberal who isn’t even around blacks but is super supportive of stuff that destroys the lives of poor whites across the country. However, what do you expect? Seth is a hardcore liberal and Brian was his mouthpiece, even his voice. So, maybe we should take it as the death of Liberal young people in America and their naivety about being able to actually change anything. Enjoy your 1 party Government and all the Obama made better for everyone. LULZ. Sorry, I left the country because of him. Peace from Europe.

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USA America

Posted at 10:11 PM on December 8, 2013  

Glad you left the country..

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Posted at 11:22 AM on December 17, 2013  

The nation feels a profound sorrow… that you didn’t leave earlier “Guy”.

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