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Rick And Morty Make Reference To Coronavirus In New Episode

Rick And Morty Make Reference To Coronavirus In New Episode

Rick and Morty returned to our screens last night with one of its weirdest episodes yet - and let's face it, it's got some strong competition on that front.

Fans have waited months to catch up with the pair and last night the wait was finally over, but some fans are questioning when the episodes were actually made, as Rick seemed to drop in a coronavirus reference.

In one scene where Morty talks about buying a new train, Rick flies into a rage and shouts: "Buy another one, Morty! Consume, Morty! Nobody's out there consuming with this f***ing virus!"

Credit: Adult Swim
Credit: Adult Swim
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Picking up on the reference, fans took to social media to question when the new episodes were actually produced.

One person asked: "How the f*** did Rick and Morty put a coronavirus joke into the new episode so quickly? Holy s***, I assume that they added it in last minute since animation takes ages but holy s***, that's honestly pretty impressive that they did that."

Another joked: "So we just gonna ignore how Rick and Morty knew about the coronavirus nine months ago?"

While a third said: "Holy s***, a coronavirus line? When'd they record that?"

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Last night's very meta episode left viewers divided, with some delighted it was back on the telly and other thinking that the episode went a bit too far.

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The self-reflective episode, entitled 'Never Ricking Morty', appeared to have a bit of a laugh at the fans who take the show too seriously and find themselves immersed in fan theories and conspiracies about the show.

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Credit: Adult Swim

When Morty pipes up that the episode is getting too meta for his liking, Rick shoots back: "You're 14. You watch videos of people on YouTube reacting to f***ing YouTube! I'll be the judge of when we get too meta."

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One viewer said the episode was 'kind of mean-spirited' towards fans who are 'invested' in certain elements of the story, while others praised the show for being 'self-aware'.

However, you feel about the new season so far, it seems as though fans won't have as long to wait between episodes in the future.

Chris Parnell, who voices Jerry in the show, recently told TV Line we'll see shorter breaks from now on.

He said: "[Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland] wanted some job security, and they wanted to know that the show was going to be around for a while so that they and the writers could get into some sort of momentum.

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"We'll see less lengthy breaks between seasons going forward because of that. And it's very gratifying to know we're going to have all those episodes. Hopefully, Jerry will be around for the duration. You never know."

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