Seth MacFarlane claims the sequence "was a three-parter without the three words 'to be continued' at the end of the episodes."
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane was asked a few questions about the story arc involving Brian's death and subsequent resurrection during a recent press tour. Specifically, he admitted he was very surprised at the ensuing "fan rage" surrounding the event, and stands by his decision to bring back the character, claiming that that was always his plan.
"All it was, was a three-parter without the three words 'to be continued' at the end of the episodes," explained MacFarlane.
"We were all very surprised -- in a good way -- that people still cared about that character to be that angry," he added, "It didn't occur to us. We thought it would maybe create a little bit of a stir, but the rage was not something we counted on."
He went on to say how the storyline was a huge success in creating buzz for the show. "Based on the numbers, it helped. It did what it was designed to do and reminded people that this is still a show where anything can happen, despite the fact that it's been on for awhile."
MacFarlane says that "[Fox] is pretty great about letting us do our thing and letting us run the show how we see fit," commenting on a question about a possible story arc where a character dies for good, "But who knows... Season 25, we'll see!"
What do you think of the "Brian's death" storyline? Was it, like MacFarlane said, something that cleverly reminded people that "anything can happen," or just another beating on the dead horse?