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Hillary Busis
December 09, 2013 AT 02:53 PM EST

Smooth-talking, erudite Brian Griffin is really and truly dead… at least, until Family Guy revives him somehow, likely during the show’s Dec. 15 installment. But in the meantime, the pup has gone to that big dog run in the sky — leaving a hole in our hearts, the Griffin family, and the series’ opening credits, which traditionally feature every member of the clan doing a snazzy song-and-dance number.

Enter Vinny, the family’s replacement pet — a street-smart hound voiced by Sopranos star Tony Sirico. You can’t hear Paulie Walnuts singing in the show’s revamped opening credits… but you can see him stepping in for Brian, wearing his very own gold tuxedo and everything.

Does this mean that Brian’s death might actually be permanent?! (No; no, it does not.)

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