According to Entertainment Weekly, Brian Griffin will come back from the dead in the December 15 episode of Family Guy. The Christmas-themed show will feature young Stewie coming up with a plan to revive his pooch. When we last left the youngest Griffin, he was trying to rebuild his time machine so he could travel back and save Brian from dying.
The EW story notes that Brian Griffin is listed in the cast of characters for the December 15 episode. He also must appear in at least one episode next year. That's because an episode in fall 2014 will revolve around Brian falling in love with a local jogger, played by Maya Rudolph.
Brian Griffin shockingly died last month, when the Family Guy dog was hit by a car in the middle of the road. "Well, this was an idea that got pitched in the writers room and it sort of caught fire, and we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up," producer Steve Callaghan said. "As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters."
The death caused much outrage among fans, who started a petition to bring the character back to life. It appears that the 128,000 viewers who signed this petition will now get their wish.
If Brian Griffin does come back from the dead, he will not be the first television character to do so. Here are four other shows that brought to life a deceased character.
Perhaps the most famous live-action example of a character coming back from the dead is Dallas' Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy). Bobby was shockingly killed during the original series, causing fan outrage and decreased ratings. Eventually, Duffy agreed to come back to the show, and Pam (Victoria Principal) discovered Bobby alive in the shower. It was later revealed that the season with Bobby's death was all Pam's dream.
Kiefer Sutherland is known for playing Jack Bauer on 24, but the character almost met a shocking demise in Season 2. Bauer was seemingly tortured to death, but a doctor miraculously revived him in the hospital.
3) South Park
It is easier for characters to come back from the dead on cartoons. On South Park, for instance, Kenny (Matt Stone) was killed in nearly every episode during the first few seasons, only to magically return unharmed in the next show. This was eventually explained when Kenny revealed he was a superhero who could never die. Since then, he has only died on South Park occasionally, including a brief fatality from cancer.
Smallville's Lex Luthor seemingly perished in Season 7 when star Michael Rosenbaum chose to leave the series. He was brought back the following year, though the character was essentially paralyzed and was only seen from behind. Lex was then killed for good when Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley) blew up the transport vehicle the villain was in. But when Rosenbaum agreed to come back for Smallville's final season, Lex revealed on the show that he successfully cloned himself. This allowed Rosenbaum to come back and made sure the series did not contradict the Superman comics, where Lex lives long enough to become President.