Spoiler Alert: ‘Family Guy’ Just Killed Off A Major Character

In news pertinent to those of you with a decade-long, emotionally-vested interest in Family Guy (a cartoon about a guy in your family), the show’s most affable cartoon dog Brian Griffin is dead, having been taken from you in the most mundane way unbecoming of the most spectacular talking dog. Yes, Brian, the dog you’ve come here to mourn, was hit by a car – rather violently, I might add.

Speaking to E!, Family Guy’s executive producer Steve Callaghan said that Brian’s death, which has prompted a slightly disproportionate emotional outpouring of genuine grief on Twitter, “was an idea that got pitched in the writers room and it 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.”  

Speaking toward their decision to cut short the life of a dog who had neither aged a day, nor seemed beholden to the laws of time, reality and space, instead of one of the show’s more insufferable characters – seriously, any of them – Callaghan said, “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. 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.”
The Griffins have since replaced Brian with a dog voiced by The SopranosTony Sirico, meaning viewers shouldn’t lament Brian’s passing for too long because, good grief, he’s a cartoon dog. 
Head’s up though, this is pretty unpleasant:
via E!