Rick and Morty has come back to Adult Swim with new episodes of the sixth season and came out swinging with a major episode that completely broke through the fourth wall, and the staff behind the episode have broken down how they made it happen! The sixth season of the series started out its run with a more subdued version of the adventures we had seen in seasons’ past, but that all changed with its first new episode following its extended hiatus. Things were completely meta as the titular duo escaped to a realm outside the bounds of the series.
Rick and Morty’s Season 6 episode, “Full Meta Jackrick” definitely had some major points to make about the way the series uses its meta commentary along with how other shows might be doing in, so it was a lot for fans to absorb. In the special Inside the Episode video for Adult Swim, co-executive producer Albro Lundy, showrunner Scott Marder, and director Lucas Gray broke down their takes on making this meta filled episode land the way it did. Check it out below:
Speaking about “Full Meta Jackrick,” Lundy revealed that the character Previous Leon is one that they had wanted to be using for quite a long time, but introducing him to the series would lead to a huge shake up. But what made the episode stick and work ultimately is using the author of The Hero a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell, as a real character in the story as not only a reflection of co-creator Dan Harmon’s writing style, but having Harmon voice him himself helped it all gel together.
Speaking towards Story Lord’s return, director Lucas Gray noted that they wanted to highlight how much control the villain had within the meta world compared to his arrival in the more mundane real world. They wanted to highlight the villain’s power while emphasizing that more mundane role he ends up having later. But what did you think of Rick and Morty‘s big meta episode of the season? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!