Fans of the animated TV show Family Guy were in for a shock when their favorite canine, Brian, was killed in a car accident. The character had been in every episode of the hugely popular show since it started in 1998.
Watch the video above to see the death scene of one of TV’s favorite pooches.
Gauging from the initial reaction of people on Twitter, the latest twist to the tale has not settled well with viewers.
No more Brian in Family Guy. Gutted under rated character.— Ricky Ferrari (@RickyFerrari93) November 25, 2013
Family Guy: Was killing off [SPOILER] an act of sabotage? http://t.co/RHckroaczf— Metro (@MetroUK) November 25, 2013
Brian from Family Guy is dead. I don't want to live on this planet anymore.— Zafar Khudayberdiev (@bianconerifan) November 25, 2013
What? Family Guy killed off Brian, the lovable and intelligent (if occasionally awkward) family dog? Oh the horror!: http://t.co/P2eOxcVSqH.— Brian Reich (@BrianReich) November 25, 2013
Reviving Brian should have been no problem for baby genius Stewie Griffin, but he had taken apart his time machine and could not get his hands on the parts required to go back in time and save his dog’s life. The family decided to head to the dog pound and adopted a new pooch named Vinny.
Unlike Brian, the latest addition to the Griffen family is a tough-talking wiseguy who is voiced by Tony Sirico. The actor is best known for his role as Paulie in HBO’s The Sopranos.
The show's executive producer Steve Callaghan told E that this was one of those ideas that was pitched in the office and “sort of caught fire, and we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up. As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters.
It seemed more in the realm of reality that a dog would get hit by a car, than if one of the kids died. 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.”
Although the initial reaction from fans was one of outrage, Callaghan was confident that people will love the new mutt on the show.
“Vinny is a really good match for Stewie. Where Brian was sort of a match for Stewie intellectually, Vinny is a good match for Stewie because he doesn't let Stewie get away with any c***. He'll call Stewie out on his B.S. freely.”
Here are some more Twitter reactions to Brian’s untimely demise.
So Family Guy really did kill off Brian to replace him with an Italian dog. I'm already annoyed with him.— Ken Bringenberg (@kenbr0) November 25, 2013
This new dog on Family Guy can make all the sentimental speeches he wants but he's not Brian and never will be. Bye.— Amy (@GearsFanInHere) November 25, 2013