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'Family Guy' brings back Brian Griffin in Christmas-themed episode

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This past November, FOX's hit animated series, "Family Guy," took a sharp left turn with many of their fans when they decided to kill off Brian Griffin, the intellectual alcoholic dog of the Griffin family, but now fans can rejoice for everyone's favorite liberal canine is back.

During the all-new episode, "Christmas Guy," airing on Dec. 15, Stewie, with the help of the new family dog Vinnie, was able to steal the time transport device from another Stewie who had time traveled to the future to procure a certain toy before it sold out. Stewie was able to travel back to the day Brian was hit, push him out of the car's way, and save his life in the process. However, doing so would erase the timeline following Brian's original death, causing the Griffin's to never have adopted Vinnie, and causing the Stewie who saved his life to vanish from existence, but not before telling Brian that he was the most important person in his life and wish him a merry Christmas.

While fans rejoiced around the world, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, took to Twitter following the airing of the episode to explain why he decided to bring back Brian. "And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash," Brian shared with the world. "I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? We’d have to be (censored)ing high. Thanks for caring so much about the canine Griffin. He is overcome with gratitude."

Seth MacFarlane's Lesson on Brian's death and return

Whether this was Seth's idea of a lesson to his legions of fans, or if was just a way to bring back old fans to the show, it's shown that "Family Guy" does reach a global audience and that his self-envisioned character is one that many love and could not watch the series without.

Click to watch the iconic and emotional death of Brian Griffin.

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