On a fateful day in November 2013, a beloved character from Family Guy passed away in a somewhat disturbing scene and left the Griffin family temporarily distraught. Stewie was the last character to come to terms with the death of his best friend and to be able to accept the new family dog: Vinnie. Since then, Vinnie has taken over Brian’s role in the series with a mobster attitude to life. This has been quite refreshing and humorous at times but nothing can fill the gap that Brian has left in our hearts. Or can it?
I don’t doubt that Brian will return, but I am concerned about the form it will take and how long he will be back with us. Brian has been removed from the opening credits and replaced with Vinnie. They can’t kill off a major character, replace him, and then bring him back. The tension between the two dogs would be an enticing aspect of the show if this were to happen. Personally, I think this will be a one – off thing. One theory I have heard is that Brian could take on the form of ‘The Ghost of Christmas Past’ from Charles Dickens’ famous ‘A Christmas Carol’. Others think it could be a dream sequence. Others still think it could be in a flashback. Perhaps Stewie managed to repair his annihilated time machine?