"I mean, you didn't really think we'd kill off Brian, did you?" Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tweeted shortly after Sunday night's Christmas-themed episode aired. "Jesus, we'd have to be f**king high."
Three weeks ago, the hit animated series killed off fan-favorite Brian Griffin, the show's martini-drinking anthropomorphic writer dog. Brian was hit by a car and almost immediately replaced by a new pet named Vinnie.
"As much as we love Brian, and as much as everyone loves their pets, we felt it would be more traumatic to lose one of the kids, rather than the family pet," executive producer Steve Callaghan said at the time.
But as was expected, Brian came back to life during Sunday's episode, "Christmas Guy," in which Stewie travels back in time to save his friend.
"And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash," MacFarlane tweeted.
"Oh and hey... thanks for caring so much about the canine Griffin. He is overcome with gratitude," he wrote later.