In an overall unsurprising twist of events, Family Guy has seen fit to resurrect Brian Griffin.
Inspiring a number of enraged tweets, heart-broken Facebook groups, and even a popular petition on Change.org, Brian’s death was met with a great deal of resistance from Family Guy fans. So when Stewie managed to rescue the beloved canine in last night’s Christmas special, thousands rejoiced.
One known fan posted a picture of his new tattoo, giving his respects to the fallen character (seen below).
While most fans certainly did not go this far, the act begs the question: did Family Guy go too far? This was certainly a publicity stunt, and a successful one at that, but long-term, did it do more harm than good?
Cartoons are already a difficult medium to suspend disbelief. Adding yet another layer of distrust throws an unnecessary obstacle in the way.
In regards to the resurrection, Seth MacFarlane tweeted:
I mean, you didn't really think we'd kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we'd have to be fucking high.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 16, 2013
While it is unlikely that they would try the same stunt twice, Family Guy did away with any impact that future deaths could have. For instance, should the writers ever find it appropriate to kill another character, the moment would not have the same gut-wrenching response because they might be back in two episodes. Death is an undeniably useful storytelling device that has now been removed from the Family Guy deck. Essentially, they killed death.
What do you think? Did Family Guy make the right decision? How do you feel about Brian’s resurrection?
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