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Spoilers for season three of Rick and Morty ahead, squanchers.

Season three of Rick And Morty is in full force and we've already been treated to some episodes destined to be classics. Chief among these was the clear standout "Pickle Rick", featuring Rick turning himself into a pickle and kicking some serious rat and secret agent ass.

If you missed the episode (spoilers ahead) Rick has turned himself into a pickle to avoid family therapy and, after his elaborate plan to turn himself back once his family have left is foiled by Beth, he ends up rolling into the sewer. Once there he fashions himself an suit, first from cockroach parts, then from rat parts to allow him to move around (check out this article on the unbelievable science behind this). Pickle Rick then kills the rat mafia, and goes above ground to take on a mysterious "agency."

Some of the incredible people behind Rick and Morty have shared some behind-the-scenes sketches of what went in to the making of this soon-to-be iconic episode, including character designs and some sketches of what could have been.

Pickle Rick vs. rats [Credit: Adult Swim]
Pickle Rick vs. rats [Credit: Adult Swim]

Before Pickle Rick's Final Form We Had The Cockroach Suit

The contraption that removes Rick's cockroach suit can be seen below in an awesome collaborated effort from Kyle Capps, who is a prop designer for Rick and Morty and character designer Elisa Phillips.

[Credit: Kyle Capps & Elisa Phillips]
[Credit: Kyle Capps & Elisa Phillips]

Pickle Rick = Kill Bill

Rick executes a vendetta against the rats, before killing the boss rat and rocketing his way into a shady agency full of secret agent types. The images below are from character designer Justin Noel, and show rats getting sliced in half and having various appendages sliced off by a Stanley knife welding Pickle Rick.

[Credit: Justin Noel]
[Credit: Justin Noel]

Some Of These Are Way More Elaborate Than The Final Design

Below are some early designs for Pickle Rick's rat/insect body parts and sewer-junk suit. Featuring cockroach parts, beer bottle tops, and abandoned needles, the final version of the suit was a lot more streamlined than some of these early designs.

Some early Pickle Rick designs. [Credit: Justin Noel]
Some early Pickle Rick designs. [Credit: Justin Noel]

"Do I have infinite daughters?"

Jaguar (voiced by the amazing Danny Trejo) was an instant fan favorite, even though he only gets a small amount of screen time in this impressive episode. Jaguar finds out his daughter is dead in the episode and this chimera is of him with one of his infinite daughters in the multiverse drawn by Maximus J Pauson, another character designer on Rick And Morty.

Jaguar and his infinite daughter. [Credit: Maximus J. Pauson]
Jaguar and his infinite daughter. [Credit: Maximus J. Pauson]

Here's A Little Bonus Of Summer Turning Inside Out From "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy"

These were also drawn by Justin Noel, to help the animators with the animation of Beth turning her giant daughter inside-out (nice one, Beth).

Giant inside out Summer. [Credit: Justin Noel]
Giant inside out Summer. [Credit: Justin Noel]

Cashed In For One Morty Adventure

Here's Morty's adventure card, ready to be cashed in for one adventure chosen by Morty. This was shared by prop designer, Kyle Capps.

Morty's adventure card by prop designer Kyle Capps. [Credit: Kyle Capps]
Morty's adventure card by prop designer Kyle Capps. [Credit: Kyle Capps]

What's your favourite episode so far of Rick and Morty? Is 'Pickle Rick' the greatest Rick and Morty ever?

Sources: Kyle Capps, Maximus J. Pauson, Justin Noel, Elisa Phillips, adult swim

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