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Family Guy sent one of its most beloved characters – the sensible and relatable talking dog Brian Griffin – off to a bloody grave on Sunday, letting him get run down by a car in a surprisingly somber episode that was nevertheless filled with the cartoon series' trademark one-off jokes and wacky cutaways. In the two days since, Brian's death has hit many Family Guy fans hard, leading them to protest the decision with an online petition but also to wonder if his death is really permanent.

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