Brian Griffin lies on the vet table in Season 12 Episode 6 of 'Family Guy'. Photo Credit: Fox

Seth MacFarlane Thinks Family Guy Should Have Already Ended

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.

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  • Jerome Magajes

    The thing is the show will be end in 2014. If Seth wants to do an unresolved cliffhanger… then Seth will make others after Family Guy.

  • chloe

    Why did he have to die

    • Leonid Saykin

      because people seemed to feel sorry for him when he died, but when he came back from the dead people was like ” Oh wait a second he is douche and hypocrite”.

  • geordan krahn

    Yes, i fully agree. The show has been dragging on since the seventh season. I barely watch it anymore as it is, only to go back to the earlier seasons which were more relevant, packed with humour, and having the right balance between stupidity and logic. Without Brian, the show could never be the same. Any attempt to bring him back by popular demand would be even more foolish as the damage has already been dealt. Seth is correct when he says the show is past its prime. If this is an attempt to kill off the show altogether, well done, you exceeded the necessary provisions to do so.

  • Arbiter Dewes

    now why the hell would they kill off stewie’s best friend. they should have killed meg off Chris or meg because they just stand around looking retarded . I mean meg is always close to death and chris is only really the main characters in the star wars episodes. i still watch family guy but Brian was one of the most popular characters and now HE’S GONE.

  • K.L.

    Brian will be back. There are 2 upcoming episodes later in the season with “Brian” in the title. Also, the voice actor for the new dog, Vinny, was only signed for 6 episodes. Besides, I watched the episode where he died and it just seemed so silly and rushed. The episode itself was actually really funny. I just know Brian will be back.

  • ASSS

    ends??? you are stupid or what? 20 minimum seasons we wating.Create more and dont give up!!!!! if you end i will…you.;)

  • voiceofreason

    I pretty much agree, most series should end no later than season 7 or 8 if we’re talking about 20-24 episodes a season. There are a few series that are exceptions but most of them tend to be BBC type series that have 6-8 episodes per season.

    Mash ran 1 or 2 seasons too long, X-Files ran about 1-2 seasons too long. Simpson’s have been running a number of seasons too long, Same with Family Guy at this point. I’d rather see a series end a little too soon than end too late. When they end a little too soon they leave you with good memories and thinking about “what if’s” and you miss them, it makes them more dear. When end too late it’s like a relative who’s far overstayed their welcome and you just think “about damned time”.

    But then again there are some series that end far too early…FIREFLY!!!!