And just like that, one of the biggest publicity stunts in television history has come to a conclusion…far faster than anyone really thought it would, honestly. But let’s not mince words here; Brian Griffin is back from the dead, as this week’s episode of Family Guy (the oh-so creatively titled “Christmas Guy,” because the show really is out of ideas, even where titles are concerned) brought back the pup that apparently everyone on the internet loved. Am I shocked to see the character come back? Umm...no, no I’m not. But I am kind of surprised to see him back so soon, since I kind of expected the show to take advantage of this media frenzy as much as they could…then again, it seems kind of par for the course when it comes to the show to screw it up, don’t you think?
Anyways, the actual details of Brian’s return were of no shock to pretty much anyone—Stewie traveled back in time, pushed him out of the way of the car, and things went back to normal. Brian is back being the pretentious jackass he’s been for the past few seasons, and Stewie can continue to be the most innocent member of the family—and he’s an evil fucking genius, for crying out loud.
But despite my pretty obvious distain for this whole ordeal, I’ll commend MacFarlane and company; they accomplished their goal. They proved people still watch Family Guy and, if you killed off one of the characters on the show, it would have the same (if not more) impact than the death of one of the most influential men of the past century. But enough about Paul Walker, right?
Anywho, let this serve as a lesson to the internet—if you ever think getting angry about the death of a cartoon dog on a crappy TV show is worth starting a petition for it, uh, isn’t. Seth MacFarlane put it best on Twitter really:
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
I’m PRETTY SURE they were high anyways but, still, same principle applies—internet, you guys are silly. Now go watch American Dad. They had a musical episode about the Krampus. THE MOTHER FUCKING KRAMPUS.