When the hit FOX show killed off one of it’s main characters in the family dog Brian Griffin, fans literally could not take it. Fans immediately went into denial and looked for any hint of the character coming back, despite the fact that producers said the character was gone and even replaced him with a brand new character.
Everything about the decision was read into, from the fact that Stewie can build a time machine, to the deal for Tony Sirico’s character Vinny rumored for just six episodes. The most looked into aspect of the move was the fact that Brian Griffin’s name was included in the cast sheet for the Christmas episode that aired tonight. When Brian’s name was mysteriously taken off tonight’s episode, it caused even more commotion as fans began to claim that FOX was trying to cover up the fact that the dog was coming back.
Tonight’s episode no doubt revolved around Brian’s death but the question was would he actually come back or would Stewie’s wishes not be answered? One question we had, no matter if Brian came back or not, was in what capacity would he return? It could be a Christmas miracle and he could be brought back to life, but it could be a Christmas ghost as well.
When the episode finally came, we discovered that Brian was indeed brought back to life and saved from death as Stewie found a way to steal his time machine pad from a version of himself he sent into the future in an earlier episode.
So in the end, Brian Griffin was dead for only an episode and has officially been brought back despite the fact that fans threw a giant fit about the character getting killed. Brian Griffin is back from the dead though, and fans have gotten what they wanted all along — an animated Christmas miracle.