Sunday night’s new episode of Family Guy is clearly a very different episode than any that you’ve seen in the past. After all, all of this was spent with Stewie having conversations with a therapist (Sir Ian McKellen), and over the course of the hour we saw everything addressed from the character’s British accent to also his sexuality.
So what did we learn on the latter? Stewie describes it as fluid, largely because this is really the only thing he knows how to process. This gives the writers flexibility, but at the same time this also makes the most sense for the series and where this character is in his life.
Speaking on that subject to TVLine, show writer Gary Janetti had the following to say about the character:
“Stewie’s awareness of his sexuality is this uncertain thing, and that needs to stay as it is. His uncertainty gives him a vulnerability, which is something we need to maintain for the series. Whether he is [gay] or not, that isn’t going to be answered when he’s a one-year-old. But if you read between the lines, it’s not that difficult to decipher. He’s not even sure ‘heterosexual’ is a real word!”
Meanwhile, show executive producer Dave Appel also confirmed what many people out there probably assumed in some shape or form: Series creator Seth MacFarlane voiced his own opinion on the story:
“We also talked to [creator Seth MacFarlane] whose opinion was to not lean into [Stewie’s sexuality] too much. He’s still a baby. He doesn’t know yet, and sexuality is a very fluid matter. It’s better to keep that as something that’s not determined yet.”
MacFarlane has not been the chief creative engine on the show for years, so when you do get some specific feedback from him on this character it has a certain amount of significance to it.
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