After what became a huge controversy following Brian Griffin's death in Family Guy, the creator of the series, Seth MacFarlane, has brought the lovable alcoholic dog back from the dead. In the Christmas Guy episode, Stewie successfully rebuilds his time machine in order to go back in time and save his dog from being hit by a car. And all is back to normal in the end.
had this to say via twitter
And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash
Aha. So that was his motivation. Given that the plot device of the time machine was already written into the show, and the fact that Brian Griffin is very often used as Macfarlane's voice for Family Guy (literally and figuratively), it seemed possible, but still unlikely that Brian would be gone for good. So I have to question Macfarlane's motives for orchestrating this whole thing.
Perhaps this is just the jaded, cynical soul that lurks within me but I seriously doubt it was to give us a cliche, worn and torn 'fuzzy holiday lesson'. I mean, who doesn't already know that? More importantly, who goes to Family Guy seeking worldly wisdom and important life lessons? Seems more like a lame excuse for publicity. Or an opportunity to troll and mock the people who made tribute videos and petitions for a cartoon dog. Or perhaps it was just a terrible decision that was easy to fix because it's a cartoon where crazier things than time travel happen with almost every episode.
I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be f***ing high
Maybe they were? Something just seems fishy about this.
What do you think?