Rick and Morty co-creator, Dan Harmon took to social media to vent his frustrations with Adult Swim's choice to slam Game of Thrones directly following an episode of Rick and Morty. Game of Thrones is the biggest TV show on the planet, which also makes it a very easy target for those who like to bash something just because it's popular. And that's what Adult Swim's title card did on Sunday slamming the writing of HBO's hit show. Harmon felt the need to speak out to distance Rick and Morty from the "jaded teenage intern in Atlanta" who wrote the title card, while also rejecting the joke entirely.
Many thought (including this writer) that the Game of Thrones slam came from Rick and Morty, but the official Twitter account for the show and co-creator Justin Roiland came out almost immediately to say that the jab came from Adult Swim and not the crew of Rick and Morty. Dan Harmon is the latest to speak out about the situation because a lot of people have been asking him about the "tragically tacky card." The message was delivered via Harmon's Instagram and the director holds nothing back as he defends Game of Thrones and tears into the ones responsible for the "joke." Harmon had this to say.
"I keep thinking I should say something but I keep waiting for the time I'd need to write something worth saying because rule number one in talking [email protected] is you better talk way better than the [email protected] you're talking about but then I remember the truly frustrating thing about that card is that it breaks that rule, being a lazy, craftless jab at the WRITING on my favorite show that some pointlessly jaded teenage intern in Atlanta just left like a fart in my show's space so why wait for the muse to strike before disavowing them"
Dan Harmon had initially decided to wait to craft his response in a way that he saw fit, but obviously threw that out the window as he continued. He then called himself a hypocrite for delivering the message online, while simultaneously highlighting that there is plenty of more important things going on in the world right now than some lame joke written by a millennial. And Harmon is right, there are plenty of other things going on right now, but Adult Swim did something that affected the perception of one of his creative endeavors, so one can't blame the man for letting out some steam.
To be clear, it was pretty easy to think that the post-credit joke card belonged to Rick and Morty as there were no markings of Adult Swim. It just popped up directly following the credits of the hit show without any watermark to differentiate itself from the preceding show. Adult Swim fans were the first to realize that something was fishy and stood up for the network because the joke cards like the one bashing Game of Thrones show up often after other shows as well.
It was not Rick and Morty bashing the biggest show on television, it was Adult Swim as the creators of the show will tell you. It's refreshing to see that Dan Harmon is also a fan of Game of Thrones and stuck up for the writing of the most popular show on television. The kid responsible for the joke is probably a huge fan as well, watching every episode twice and posting on message boards anonymously about dragons. You can read Harmon's full statement below.