Seth MacFarlane says Brian Griffin from Family Guy was killed off to teach fans an important lesson.

He did bring the beloved character back, but he wanted to impart a teaching:

“And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash.”

For those who actually believed Brian was dead for good: clearly you don't watch soap operas.

MacFarlane said, according to comicbook.com, “I mean, you didn’t really think we’d kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we’d have to be f***ing high.” :-D