‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Reveals Scrapped Season 3 Idea That Might Be Used Later

With just days left to go until the Season 3 finale, Rick and Morty‘s co-creator has revealed a scrapped storyline that may pop back up in the future.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dan Harmon said that the Season 3 episode “Rickmancing the Stone,” which was ultimately a Mad Max: Fury Road inspired story, was originally about traveling inside of a book.

“The second episode of season 3 — that’s them going to a Mad Max style adventure in a post-apocalyptic wasteland — believe it or not, that story started with the idea of Rick having a ‘Book-A-Lyzer’ which is a device where you can go into any book,” Harmon said. “They were going to find a book by Jerry that he wrote when he was younger and they end up trapped in his crappy novel.”

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Harmon said that there are a lot of episodes that grow into something else entirely while being developed, and he noted that they can still do that book episode in a later season if they want to.

“We don’t back off on stuff so much as we say ‘maybe later’ and move on,” Harmon said. “We have a pretty hefty shoebox from season 3 of ideas that are ready to go. Some are fully written, in fact.”

Speaking of ideas for future episodes, later in the interview, Harmon pitched a Game of Thrones inspired adventure, which could actually be written by the Game of Thrones showrunners since they’re big fans.

“What leaps to mind is doing another Citadel episode or some dimension where there are factions of people that pays homage to that [Game of Thrones] style in 22 minutes while getting laughs — ‘what we truly love about serialized epic dramas spanning multiple continents,'” Harmon said. “It would be cool to work with those guys, I love those guys, they’ve been so cool to our show in every interview, and I’ve been watching their show obsessively for seven years.”

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Obviously, with a show like Rick and Morty, there are hundreds of ideas that are tossed out and are not used before the final script comes together. In particular, the recent “Morty’s Mind Blowers” episode took a lot of work, and a lot of ideas for segments were not used, as revealed by one of the show’s writers in a recent Twitter thread. Apparently, some of the rejected Mind Blowers ideas included Morty being turned into a living painting and being auctioned off, Rick and Morty performing violin music while wearing parakeet costumes in front of a room of parakeet aliens, and Rick falling in love with a fire truck.

Rick and Morty fans waited almost two years for the new season, but the show is about to go on hiatus once again after this Sunday’s episode. There is not yet any word on when Season 4 might air.