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Rick and Morty: Game of Thrones creators call Pickle Rick monologue ‘the Best Writing of 2017'

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Apr 28, 2018

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones doesn't arrive until next year, but you don't have to wait until 2019 in order to get your Westerosi fix. Thanks to an Adult Swim-HBO crossover of epic proportions, Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff as well as star Peter Dinklage (Avengers: Infinity War) recorded commentary for the Rick and Morty Season 3 episode titled "Pickle Rick," in which Rick Sanchez (voiced by Justin Roiland) turns himself into a pickle so he can avoid going to therapy with his daughter, Beth (Sarah Chalke), and grandchildren, Morty (also Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammer). However, he accidentally falls into the sewer and must get creative to fight a horde of angry rats and black-suited agency men with guns. 

The episode ends with Rick, never good with discussing his feelings, finally showing up to the therapy session and shaming the therapist (Susan Sarandon), saying that he looks down on psychology because he's a man of concrete science. Entertainment Weekly has teased out Benioff, Weiss, and Dinklage's commentary during this scene, where they can be heard laughing and praising the insane genius of the show's writing staff. 

"This may be the best writing of 2017," says Benioff. "Whoever wrote that, stand up and take a bow." 

"Pickle Rick" was penned by Jessica Gao, who has also done work on Star Wars: Detours and HBO's hit comedt Silicon Valley. The Season 3 episode (which also co-starred Danny Trejo and Peter Serafinowicz) has since become iconic for Rick's constant refrain of "I'M PICKLE RIIIIIICK!!!" 

Rick and Morty co-creator/star Justin Roiland teased the invasion of Game of Thrones royalty last summer when he tweeted out the following picture:

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It's not the first time Weiss and Benioff have "crossed over" onto another TV series. They both wrote the Season 9 episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, "Flowers for Charlie," where Charlie Day's character becomes smart after taking an experimental pill, an overt parody of Flowers for Algernon. The duo returned in the show's 12th season not as writers, but as actors for "The Gang Goes to a Water Park," in which they played uninterested lifeguards. Benioff and Weiss were also recently hired by Lucasfilm to write and produce a new Star Wars film series

You'll be able to hear the full "Pickle Rick" commentary on the home video release of Season 3 when the DVD and Blu-ray drop May 15.