Brian Griffin returns to Family Guy
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Popular cartoon canine Brian Griffin has returned to Family Guy as the show’s creator responds to audience criticism. Brian was killed off in one of last month’s episodes, entitled ‘Life of Brian’, which prompted outrage as the pet dog was involved in a car accident. Best friend Stewie Griffin tried in vain to help him there and then, but he was unable to save him. Fans of the show took to Twitter to express their anger, with over 128,000 people signing an online petition. Executive producer Steve Callaghan said: ““We thought it would be a fun way to shake things up and got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters.” Vinnie, a replacement dog (voiced by Tony Sirico from The Sopranos) was drafted in, but just weeks later, Brian has found himself resurrected. Using his time machine, Stewie went back in time to save his beloved pet from being killed. Creator Seth MacFarlane tweeted about the situation: “I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be f****** high.” “Oh and hey... thanks for caring so much about the canine Griffin. He is overcome with gratitude.” “And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash.” The comments from Callaghan, and the introduction of Tony Sirico, suggest that Brian’s resurrection was a direct response to audience criticism, rather than an elaborate plan from the beginning. We’re glad he’s back nonetheless.