Brian was resurrected on Sunday, Dec. 15's Christmas episode of Family Guy, which found Stewie traveling back in time to save his dog.

Brian Lives Again

Family Guy caused quite an uproar in late November, when Brian was hit by a car and killed. Fans protested, and petitions were started to get Brian back on the show. Well, it seems that creator Seth MacFarlane and his team of writers never truly intended to kill Brian off for good. After the episode aired, MacFarlane tweeted, addressing the death of the beloved cartoon dog for the first time via twitter.

“I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you?” he wrote:

Stewie Traveled Back In Time To Save Brian

The Griffins’ family dog returned in “Christmas Guy,” after Stewie tells a mall Santa that all he wants for Christmas is to have Brian back. His new dog, Vinny, is simply no match for Brian, and, in the mall, Stewie stumbles upon another self, one that had traveled in time previously to pick up a toy in that very mall. In this other Stewie’s backpack is a device that will allow him to go back in time and save Brian. With Vinny’s cynical blessing, (“I’m man’s best friend, not some stupid baby’s best friend.”) Stewie travels back in time, saves Brian. Thus, the universe of Family Guy is restored.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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