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RIP Brian

RIP Brian
RIP Brian – photo found @FamilyGuyOnFOX

SPOILER ALERT – not that the title of this post didn’t already give it away

Television shows have killed off characters. Even in the animated world. So when a favorite animated character – a major one at that – dies, it’s actually quite sad.

Brian Griffin, the logical-minded, well-spoken, atheist-leaning, Prius-driving dog on Family Guy, was killed off in this last episode titled “Life of Brian”. He was hit by a car mid-way through the episode.

I have to admit that I cried while watching this episode. It still had it’s funny moments and dialogue, but damn.. it literally brought me to tears. For a show as shocking and envelope-pushing as Family Guy, I don’t remember shedding any tears while watching it the last 11 seasons.

The idea behind this is explained in this Q&A session with executive producer Steve Callaghan. While I can see making a shocking reveal or doing something to mix things up can be good for any TV show, I really am not on board with this decision to kill off Brian. I loved his character. His friendship with Stewie and their many adventures were enjoyed. His time on the show was always fun, looney and sometimes disturbing [his love and desire for Lois comes to mind]

Vinnie

vinnie dog
Original image found at Daily Mail

In an effort to quickly transition from the death of Brian, a new dog was brought in. Vinnie, voiced by Tony Sirico – better known as Pauly Walnuts on The Sopranos. Vinnie has street cred and smarts and is a bit rough around the edges. The episode smartly has him and Stewie sharing a bonding moment, which leads me to believe that the death of Brian is a permanent thing.

And while I will dearly miss Brian, the show gave him 11 full seasons of greatness. And moving forward, Vinnie might be a character we will grow to like and love.

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4 Comments

  1. Dave2 says:

    I’m hoping for frequent flashbacks!

    1. martymankins says:

      If past Family Guy episodes have proven, I think this will happen without question.

  2. Wow, I didn’t see the episode and somehow managed not to read anything about this until just now. I haven’t seen every single episode of Family Guy, but I do have the first couple of seasons on DVD and try to catch episodes when channel surfing. That’s kinda sad that he was killed off. But I am curious about Vinnie…

    1. martymankins says:

      Me too. I wonder how well Vinnie will be received and how well he can integrate into the Griffin family.

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