Yes Rick and mortyThe last episode of ‘its strained your brain as you watched it, imagine writing it. While talking about the creation of “Mortplicity,” episode writer Albro Lundy broke down the challenges of creating an endless cycle of AI-related disclosures and betrayals. He also revealed the behind-the-scenes Easter Egg that you probably missed.
“Mortyplicity” is really a puzzle. The episode begins when Rick leads Morty, Summer, Beth, and Jerry into hiding after one of his decoy families tries to attack them. That’s right: Rick created decoys from his family. And these decoys are there to kill their alternates before any other decoy can do the same.
“The Lure Family is another long-standing riff in the Writer’s Room,” series co-creator Dan Harmon said in a Adult Swim video on the episode. “It always comes up against a lot of other things we can do. I mean, what’s the difference between decoys, clones, and multiple versions of characters? “
Writer Albro Lundy was the madman responsible for the execution of this puzzling idea. Lundy is one of the co-writers of “The Vat of Acid Episode,” which won an Emmy in Season 4, which he wrote alongside Jeff Loveness. “I thought it would be cool to try and explore the anthology version of the episode where you could spend the first half solving the mystery… then the second half exploring the fallout of the issue,” Lundy said.
You can actually see Lundy working out the logistics of this reveal in the episode. Well, sort of. Once one of the Ricks figured out the influx of decoys, something they doubled down on an Asimov waterfall, he explains what is happening by drawing on a whiteboard. “I think some of these designs look like things I did at 3 a.m. when I was trying to figure out how exactly this model of decoys would work out finding out who they were and then meeting other decoys,” said Lundy. “I know I’ve gone a little crazy.”
Having these multiple revelations also posed a giant storytelling challenge. Revealing the existence of decoy families would immediately make Rick, Morty, Summer, Beth, and Jerry question whether or not they were a decoy. That same struggle almost completely rewrote Beth’s character from “The ABCs of Beth.” The possibility of luring would cause them to question every movement, thought and sentence.
“One of the fun parts was you can start playing with what the family would and wouldn’t do,” Lundy said. That’s why one of the Ricks Decoys told a Decoy Morty that he would never lie to him until he immediately corrects himself.
“If a guy like him wants to sink into something so exhausting, I’ll let him,” Harmon added.
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