R.I.P Brian Griffin
R.I.P Brian Griffin (Photo: FamilyGuy/facebook)

Sunday's episode of Family Guy ("Life of Brian") was a shocker for viewers as they witnessed the gruesome death of the show's primary and popular character, Brian Griffin. Griffin, the family's pet dog was one of the show's longtime characters.

In the episode Brian was struck by a car and run over as he prepared to play in the street with Stewie. Ultimately, his injuries were too severe, and he could not be saved.

"You've given me a wonderful life. I love you all," he said before flat-lining as his loved ones looked on with tears in their eyes.

Although the makers of the Seth MacFarlane-produced series have confirmed that this is it for the sophisticated pooch, for Family Guy, a show that has travelled back in time to prevent a cataclysmic event like 9/11 in the controversial 2011 episode, parodied Star Wars, done musical numbers and engaged in 'risqué behavior', a resurrected character may not be too far-fetched.

Here are a few possible scenarios put together in a Latin Times report, which can maybe bring back Brian to the show:

Stewie Can go Back in Time and Prevent Brian's Death

In Sunday's episode Stewie conveniently destroyed his time machine and doesn't have replacement parts.

But rebuilding a destroyed time machine is not out of the realm of possibility for this show.

Brian Can Return as a Ghost to Haunt the Griffin Family

One has to admit the Griffins got themselves a new dog (Vinnie, voiced by the "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico) awfully fast following the passing of their beloved pet.

Seeing how fast he was replaced would make for one angry spirit. "Family Guy" has already done an episode in which parodied "Poltergeist" so throwing in another haunting episode, maybe for next Halloween may be one way to keeps fans hopeful Brian will be back.

"Family Guy" executive producer Steve Callaghan explained to E! Online why the Griffins got themselves a new dog so fast:

"It felt like the way that this show was conceived by Seth all those years ago, was this entire family unit including the parents, kids and a dog. So by losing Brian, it felt like a void needed to be filled."

Brian Can be Featured in Flashbacks and Cutaways

Family Guy is famous for making pop culture and other references then following them up with some kind of comical clip. Brian could pop up here and there in various clips throughout the rest of the series.