If you watched the last episode of Rick and Morty on Adult Swim, you might be under the impression that the show’s writers and creators aren’t a fan of the most recent season of Game of Thrones.
After all, what possible other explanation could there be for a big, sad looking eulogy popping up at the end of the show, lamenting the loss of “The Writing on Game of Thrones [2011-2016]”, implying that the show’s quality writing is essentially dead?
I actually took a pic bc lol pic.twitter.com/cm9RfG92lQ
— Lil Feral (@Ad0rebel) August 28, 2017
Turns out, though, Dan Harmon wants to set the record straight. This sign wasn’t part of the episode on their end, but was added by some trickster at Adult Swim as a sneaky anonymous jab at HBO’s (zombie) dragon show.
There’s been a lot of backlash after the most recent season of the show, brought about, we can only assume, by people building up the hype for Game of Thrones to the point that it’d be almost impossible to live up to expectations.
Of course, Rick and Morty suffered from similar hype, but seems to be landing fairly well thus far, so perhaps it’s not entirely impossible to deliver the quality that fans are after, but that’s beside the point.
Stop writing think pieces about it, you maniacs. We are pro Ice and Fire.
— Rick (((and Morty))) (@RickandMorty) August 28, 2017
(That bottom tweet felt like a challenge, hence this think piece.)
There’s a question to be raised here about jokes and ownership. Harmon’s made it clear that he and his team are very fond of Game of Thrones, even the most recent season, but part of the reason why this joke has been attributed to the Rick and Morty team is that it feels exactly like something they’d do.
Essentially, if you make an irreverent dark comedy that’s not afraid to ridicule people’s deeply held beliefs, then why would insulting a television show somehow be off-limits?
What’s the take-away from all of this? Apparently, if people start believing you’re a sarcastic, cynical person, they’ll begin assuming that you’ll take every opportunity you can to make a cruel joke.
That seems fair – as much as Dan Harmon might be eager to defend his friendship with members of the Game of Thrones creative team by dispelling rumors, he also gets the credit in most people’s eyes for taking potshots at an easy target.
It’s kind of a win-win in a way. The only people that lose are the Game of Thrones writers, who now don’t know which group of people at Adult Swim hate their writing.
Considering all the online comments about season seven, this mystery person is only the tip of the iceberg!