Like many dogs before him, Brian Griffin, has been killed in a hit and run. I know right, da fuq? It seems that the Family Guy writers are adjusting adolescents to loss like The Simpsons did with Maude Flanders and Edna Krabappel.
While flippant manslaughter (dogslaughter?) is heartwrenching for fans, Family Guy‘s executive producer Steve Callaghan thought it was “a fun way to shake things up.”
#BringBackBrian has already gained tread in the Twitterverse, but, just like Maude, Brian has been replaced. Before Stewie’s emotional wounds could be fixed, Vinny – voiced by Tony Sirico from The Sopranos – was picked up from the pound and is pitched as the total opposite of Brian’s character opposite.