Pickle Rick was inspired by an episode of pretty much the greatest TV show ever made
"I'm Pickle RIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!"
In case you haven't been keeping up with the greatest series on TV this year - yes, Game Of Thrones fans, we said it, deal with it - in the most recent season of Rick & Morty, the genius inventor decided to turn himself into a pickle in order to get out of going to group therapy.
It back-fires on him pretty spectacularly, and results in the show's most gloriously OTT violent episode to date, plus we were introduced to the unstoppable assassin Jaguar, voiced by living legend Danny Trejo.
It was, in short, spectacular TV.
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When co-creator Dan Harmon sat down for a chat with Fast Company, he had some very interesting things to say about where the idea of turning Rick into a Pickle actually came from:
"A big inspiration for the Pickle Rick story, though, was the Breaking Bad episode where the Winnebago breaks down in the desert. It’s more than a bottle episode, it’s specifically a bottle episode of Breaking Bad where we get to see Walter White up against primal forces instead of watching him negotiate and bluff with street dealers and kingpins and using his access to cool chemicals and any equipment he wants to make any bombs and crystal meth and stuff."
"It was interesting to watch him trapped in a hot van, about to die, and having to fall back on his basic science knowledge to keep them alive, while also seeing what he was like under extreme stress in the hot desert heat. That was a big inspiration."
Yep, the '4 Days Out' episode of Breaking Bad arrives towards the end of that show's second season, as fans of Walter White and co. probably remember all too well.
So if you're going to take inspiration from anything, you may as well take it from pretty much the greatest TV show of the last decade/of all time (delete as appropriate).
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