Family Guy fans can rest a bit easier. It looks like Brian the dog will be coming back, one way or the other.

The Fox comedy plans to bring back the beloved talking dog on December 15, but how he will come back after dying in the November 24 episode is unknown, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The episode, titled ”Christmas Guy,” states that “Stewie devises a master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas.”

Fans were up in arms after the show killed off Brian, and about two weeks later a petition to bring back the beloved furry friend has more than 128,000 supporters. There’s no reported connection between the outrage and the decision to bring Brian back.

But EW adds that the dog will continue to play a role in the show, citing a Maya Rudolph episode set to air next fall, in which Brian takes up jogging to impress Rudolph’s character.