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Family Guy Kills Off Main Character: React Now!

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It's stunning but true: Family Guy went there this week.

The animated Fox smash really did kill off a main character, as promised earlier by creator Seth MacFarlane.

Indeed, Brian is no more. The beloved canine was hit by a car and died on Family Guy Season 12 Episode 6.

The Life of Brian

And to make matters even more depressing, ironic and final, Stewie has taken apart his time machine prior to the accident, making it impossible for him to go back and rescue his best friend.

Why did the series go in this direction?

"It seemed more in the realm of a reality that a dog would get hit by a car, then if one of the kids died," producer Steve Callaghan tells E! News. "As much as we love Brian, and as much as everyone loves their pets, we felt it would be more traumatic to lose one of the kids, rather than the family pet."

Moreover, the family is already moving on with a new dog: Vinnie, voiced by actor Tony Sirico.

But are you ready to truly say farewell to Brian? React to his passing now:

 

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Seriously? Kill offBrian? If your looking to freshen up the show, why not just bring Cleveland back? No offense, but Paulie from the Sopranos does not a comedic dog make. Is he hurting for work that bad? And has McFarlane tired of the show to the point he would let the quality of the show dip this badly? The last two episodes were actually hard to watch. The the only reason the show, in my eyes, has been so successful is their ability to stray from reality and make jokes about humanity. Ridiculous is what we watch for. Not realism. It's a friggin cartoon for God's sake. Not a reality show. We have far too many of those already. Get back to the basics. Get back to the non sensical humor that's kept me watching all these years. Or just give up. Just don't torture your audience anymore. And find a way to resurrect Brian ! !

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If they had to kill off some main character it should have been Chris. He's never done much of anything on the show and it's pretty rare that an episode gets centered around him. Even Meg has her "I get tortured by the entire universe for no reason" angle, all Chris has is "I'm fat and stupid" which is a niche Peter already fills. P.S. One would have to be nuts to think this will actually stick.

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Inspired by Game of Thrones.

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I really don't believe they killed off Brian. If anyone looks at the wikipedia Season 12 future episodes there are two with titles "Brian Is a Bad Father" & "Brian the Closer". I assume the latter is reference to the Kyra Sedwick (not sure if last name spelled right) TNT series.

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I cannot believe that they killed off Brian Griffin's character and are planning to replace him with another dog named Vinny, i hope they know they've lost many Family Guy fans including myself and their ratings are gonna drop. people will stop watching FG and they will have to cancel because THEY SUCK!!! i'll start watching American Dad instead.

Greg kopp

with a numerous amount of issues going on worldwide that are far more important than a cartoon dog being wrote off the show, im sad to sad that those of you who have to live on this planet for the next 40-60 years will be in for a eye opening view of what lack of knowledge has done to the morons we have raised with nothing but air in their heads. me im lucky ill be off this mad house rollercoaster in about 20 years so I could care less about leaving this world a better place when its the younger ones who have brought it to the level it is, and continue to do the same year after year. good luck suckers!!!!!

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@ Greg Kopp

Hey Gregg, just go now. It's obvious from your comments, you could care less about the future, which tells me you've done nothing with your life and have contributed even less. The reason people watch shows like the the Family Guy is to take a break from the reality that is life and a break from the likes of people like yourself. Good luck suckers? Those suckers are the ones that are going to have to care for your ungrateful ass. The aarp called...they want their idiot back.

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@ Greg Kopp

gees. you are so depressing. you need some counseling. might as well make those 20 years worth living.

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@ Greg Kopp

We did not come to this site for your dumb shit views nerd. The would would be a better place if you just did us all a favor and ended it right now. That's where your parents went wrong. They should have smothered your arrogant ass at birth.

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@ Greg Kopp

Hey if u really hate this planet u don't have to complain u can just kill yourself probably gonna be better without you anyway

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How could they replace Brian with such an irritating voice and character, unless MacFarLane wants to ruin the ratings and end the show. In the past he said he wouldn't mind just doing American Dad. I can't freaking stand the new voice and character !!!!!!!!! Am done with Family Guy forever.

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Do not know how they will do but return to Brian! The public speaking and Family Guy 's obey!

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Remember that you are there for the public, not the public by you, be smart!

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Remember that you are there for the public, not the public by you, be smart!

Family Guy Season 12 Episode 6 Quotes

Peter: Aren't you supposed to be running?
Chicken: Don't talk to me. You have a bad reputation in the chicken community.

Dammit Brian, you can't die! We were gonna do so many things together! We were gonna become windsurfers! I was gonna be a little better than you, but we were both gonna be good.

Stewie