OK, I've had time to think about it, and this whole "Family Guy killing off Brian" thing has me really bummed out. I was in total denial about whether it is actually real or if it's just a publicity stunt that is going to be reversed with a time machine, but then the odds guy at Sports Betting Dime (yes, I know an oddsmaker, does this surprise you?) laid 13/ 4 odds that Brian is actually dead, meaning he’d put money on it themselves (he’s also a Family Guy fan).
That depressed me even more, because now it feels real, and I feel like all the Brian-related funny I've laughed at over the years is tainted, and now every time I want to make a Family Guy reference (which I do all the time), my mind goes “Uggghh, they killed him off, such a cynical move,” and I retract/ regret my laughter.
Also, has Seth McFarlane never had a dog? I’m guessing not, because when you have a dog, you know that losing that dog hurts on a visceral level, and no one appreciates those tender feelings being used for what amounts to a publicity stunt. Just…how dare you?
This made me realize a few things: 1) I didn’t notice how entrenched that show was in my mind, and 2) I didn’t realize that Brian was my favorite character until he was gone, and 3) I underestimated Seth McFarlane’s power to shoot himself in the foot. Ruining 15 years’ worth of laughter and funny memories while making me sad about my own dog in one fell swoop? You’re almost like, “Well done! First you ruin the Oscars, now this? I hate you. In fact, I double hate you for reminding me of my deceased dog.” Whether you like, loathe, or are indifferent to Family Guy, hear me out. Even though it's clearly in decline, the one thing the show still had going for it was the comedic dynamic between Stewie and Brian. So many shows have tried to create a relationship that great--think Oscar and Felix, Laverne and Shirley, Liz Lemon and Jack Donnaghy, Lucy and Ethel, hell, Beavis and Butthead. From a comedy writing standpoint, it's the gold standard. The whole killing-off-Brian thing may have been a publicity stunt, and if so, fine. But if it isn't, I guess my question is, why would you f*ck with the one thing your dying show still has going for it?
If you’re pissed off like me, go over and sign the petition to bring Brian back.