Rick and Morty and Game of Thrones don't share much in common, other than the fact that their fanbases can be more than a little rabid at times, but that doesn't mean the two hit series can't collaborate. Luckily, all parties involved didn't need an online writer like me guiding them, and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss already teamed up with Peter Dinklage to provide audio commentary for Rick and Morty's upcoming Season 3 Blu-ray release. The HBO trio will be heard riffing and analyzing one of the series' oddest episodes to date.
Rick and Morty fans who pick up the show's Season 3 Blu-ray will hear some of Game of Thrones' most notable entities praising the brilliance of the episode "Pickle Rick" in a most unironic way. Both David Benioff and Dan Weiss are huge fans of the ribald Adult Swim series, and they were apparently watching right alongside fans during the show's latest season. In one clip from the commentary reported on by EW, Benioff declared Rick's monologue towards the end of the episode to be "maybe the best writing in 2017."
Which is really saying something, considering the entirety of Game of Thrones Season 7 aired in that timespan. Of course, fans probably shouldn't have expected Game of Thrones bosses to go on a Rick and Morty audio commentary just to say their HBO epic is the superior TV project, so no one on Game of Thrones' writing staff should take any offense.
Another clip from their commentary did make mention the HBO series briefly, as Dan Weiss pitched that the final episode of Game of Thrones just be a live-action sequence of Pickle Rick's fight scene. It sounds like a joke, but if fans see Arya Stark cutting down White Walkers in a particularly mental way, they'll now know exactly what inspired it.
So, why did Rick and Morty invite the Game of Thrones showrunners and Peter Dinklage along to be a part of their bonus features? Justin Roiland has been known to use the animated show to bring back things he loves and/or get free stuff, so perhaps this was his subtle way of trying to get an invite to be an extra on Season 8 of Game of Thrones? Its possible, although judging from this picture, it appears as though Roiland just wanted to meet some folks behind a show he loves. Roiland posted a photo of himself and the gang all hanging out a year ago, which was apparently when this whole thing was first recorded. (Which means it makes sense, time-wise, for Roiland to actually be an extra for Season 8.)
Game of Thrones is expected to air Season 8 on HBO in 2019, and no one knows when Season 4 of Rick and Morty is coming to Adult Swim, or if it ever will. For more information on shows that do have confirmed release dates, head on over to our midseason and summer premiere guides.
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