When “Family Guy” shocked fans by killing off family pet and friend Brian Griffin in the November 24th episode “Life of Brian,” fans were outraged when the character didn’t return at the end of the episode, seemingly gone for good with a new dog replacing him. Of course, we cautioned against any real outrage since the plot of the forthcoming Christmas episode seemed to indicate that he would return. Now that has been confirmed.
EW writes that Brian will definitely come back on the December 15th Christmas episode called “Christmas Guy.” Here’s the plot of the episode:
When Carter Pewterschmidt cancels the annual Quahog Christmas carnival, because he hates the holiday, Peter must transform his father-in-law from a Scrooge into a hometown hero in order to salvage the event. Meanwhile, Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas in the all-new “Christmas Guy” episode of “Family Guy” airing Sunday, Dec. 15 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
As we theorized, the one thing Stewie wants for Christmas would be to have his best friend Brian back. As of now, it’s not clear just how Brian will come back from the dead, but it should make for a touching reunion (and maybe even a Christmas miracle) when all is said and done.
Further confirming the return of Brian, Fox also pointed out the plot of an episode slated for next fall that features guest voice Maya Rudolph. The episode is described as follows by EW:
After Brian experiences the ‘runner’s high’, he becomes a distance running douche, and even signs himself up to run a marathon.
Rudolph will voice the avid runner who turns Brian into an athletic asshole. So as you can see, all will be right within the Griffin household soon enough. However, it’s important to note that Tony Sirico, who voices the new dog Vinnie, signed for six episodes of “Family Guy,” so they’ll likely keep him around for awhile to mix things up a bit. Time to throw those silly petitions out, worrisome fans. Brian Griffin will be back soon.
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