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MacFarlane Says Fan Reaction To 'Family Guy' Death 'Surprised All Of Us'

Seth MacFarlane says he wasn't expecting the rage filled reaction most fans gave them after they temporarily killed off Brian the dog.

"It surprised all of us," MacFarlane said at Fox's winter Television Critics Association event. "We were all very surprised, but in a good way, that people were still cared enough about the character to get that angry."

"It just didn't occur to us. We thought maybe it would create a little bit of a stir, but the rage was not something we had thought about."

Of course, Brian was brought back from the dead in a "Christmas miracle" of sorts when Stewie devised a master plan to get the one and only thing he wanted for Christmas.

And MacFarlane says the story worked as intended and the resurrection wasn't in reaction to fan petitions since episodes are produced months in advance.

"It was a three-parter without the words 'to be continued' at the end of the episode," he smiled. "Based on the numbers, it helped because it did what it was designed to do: It reminded people that this is still a show where anything can happen despite the fact that it's been on for a while."

January 14, 2014 |

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