You Were Right About Family Guy All Along, But Does That Make You Happy?

brian family guyYou might consider the following a spoiler. Or you might have the most mild, meek drop of cynicism in your blood, and that will have been enough to spot it coming.

But, yes, Fox have solicited a listing for the December 15th episode of Family Guy, and the dearly departed Brian is listed as a character.

Just for a flashback? Well, maybe. Maybe not. Here’s the blurb:

Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas.

A dog, it would seem. A particular dog.

What’s more, EW are saying that one episode they know all about, scheduled for screening next October, features Brian as a key character once again. So… it really does seem like he’s coming back. And if only we knew more about upcoming episodes, we’d probably see his name scribbled all over their descriptions.

Of course.

The real talking point, perhaps, and something you might want to indulge me in this weekend, is the question of why MacFarlane and company killed Brian off in the first place.

Cheap hype? Character development and plot potential? Satire on The Simpsons‘ habit of announcing character deaths way ahead of time?

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