Brian The Dog Dead So Seth MacFarlane Can Quit ‘Family Guy’?

Was Brian the dog killed off so Seth MacFarlane can quietly quit Family Guy?

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, after the death of Brian Family Guy fans immediately launched a petition to bring him back and so far at least 125,000 have signed up.

Steve Callaghan, the producer of Family Guy, explained why they though Brian the dog needed to die:

“We thought it could be a fun way to shake things up. 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.”

But is Brian’s death just a ruse to rile people and renew interest in the show? There’s already evidence that Brian the dog will be coming back on December 15, although Fox is tight-lipped on exactly how this is supposed to happen although some sites are claiming Stewie devises a master plan to get Brian back. It’s also possible this “return” may be of a limited sort and since it’s a Christmas episode there could be flashbacks or perhaps Brian is the ghost of Christmas past. Or maybe Santa will just magic Brian back to life.

So there’s been conspiracy theories being bandied about on the internet and among my friends. One such idea claims Seth MacFarlane wants to quit Family Guy and put more effort into other projects including The Cleveland Show and American Dad. And it’s not like this idea is not without merit since MacFarlane voices Brian the dog and has expressed such an idea in the past:

“Part of me thinks that Family Guy should have already ended. I think seven seasons is about the right lifespan for a TV series. I talk to the fans and in a way I’m kind of secretly hoping for them to say we’re done with it. There are plenty of people who say the show is kind of over the hill. But still the vast majority go pale in the face when I mention the possibility.”

He’s even expressed interest in rebooting Star Trek on the TV, which seems a more likely idea after the recent success of the past two Star Trek movies. But the particular idea of him outright quitting Family Guy seems to be unlikely if you consider that Seth MacFarlane also voices both Peter and Stewie Griffin (yeah, I know… right?).

Why do you think Family Guy’s Brian the dog was really killed?