In last week’s episode of Family Guy, the Griffin family was forced to say goodbye to one of their own. The family dog, and best friend, Brian Griffin was killed off in rather bloody form as he was struck by a car while waiting in the road for Stewie to return so they could play their game.
Fans watched as Brian was struck by the car, and even flung inside the wheel well. They also watched as the Griffins said their final goodbyes to the series staple as he lay on the table taking in his last few moments.
Since then, stunned fans have risen up in outrage over the move, even starting a petition to urge MacFarlane to bring the popular character back. Not too long ago, Seth MacFarlane spoke about his possible reasoning for the drastic move, and I fear that Family Guy fans are going to like this even less than they did watching the events of last Sunday’s episode.
Just after the launch of the show’s tenth season, Seth MacFarlane told The Hollywood Reporter that he thinks the show should have ended already.
“Part of me thinks that Family Guy should have already ended. I think seven seasons is about the right lifespan for a TV series,” MacFarlane said. “”I talk to the fans and in a way I’m kind of secretly hoping for them to say we’re done with it. There are plenty of people who say the show is kind of over the hill… but still the vast majority go pale in the face when I mention the possibility.”
Could the death of Brian Griffin be an act of sabotage to bring on the end to the show that made himself a household name? Possibly. Unfortunately, that is something that only the mastermind himself knows for sure.
However, with the success of his first major motion picture Ted, and the recent announcement of a sequel Ted 2, it may just be that MacFarlane’s interests have shifted away from television and into the realm of motion pictures; an area where he would have far less restrictions on content.
What do you think about the possibility of Family Guy coming to an end? Do you think 13 is the magic number for the series to end, or do you think it has the kind of staying power as The Simpsons and can pass the 25 season mark with fresh, new ideas? Let us know what you think in the comments below.