Family Die: Seth MacFarlane kills off major ‘Family Guy’ character [spoiler alert]

family-guy

In one of the most unexpected TV deaths since “Game of Thrones” killed off Ned Stark with almost no fanfare (we’re still reeling over that one. The f—, GOT??), “Family Guy” lost one of its central characters in last night’s episode, “Life of Brian.”

If the title of the episode wasn’t spoiler enough, watch out, BIG OLD SPOILER COMING ATCHA RIGHT NOW:

Oh my God! They killed Brian! Those bastards!

For those who have never seen Seth MacFarlane’s cartoon series (or stopped watching after every college bro with a Solo cup of Miller Light and a less-than-honed sense of humor started yelling “Family Guy” quotes in your face in lieu of conversation in line for the keg), Brian is the family dog, voiced by MacFarlane, who’s been the voice of reason on the show since its debut in 1999.

And now he’s dead.

In his final episode, he was stuck by a car and killed, which is sort of weird considering how many times he’s been impaled/bludgeoned/thrown off buildings/endured other fatal blows, mostly at the hands of Stewie, without dying throughout his tenure. But, all dogs go to heaven, and all TV characters have their run, so maybe it was time.

In what was an atypically heartrending episode, Brian was replaced by a new dog named Vinny (voiced by Tony Sirico of “The Sopranos”) who may or may not kill the show for many diehard fans, if the already trending hashtag #BringBackBrian is any indication.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.