It’s difficult to keep track of how Rick Sanchez transforms from a mere pickle into a parkour god with a badass AA battery-powered laser and mecha suit made of trash and rat bones, but this is Rick and Morty after all. Why should we be surprised when Rick does insane stuff?
Fans are in love with (and a bit horrified by) Pickle Rick and his penchant for extreme violence. Rick’s closing monologue from the Rick and Morty Season 1 premiere promised the “darkest year” of his and Morty’s adventures. Especially after a violence-filled second episode in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the show’s third season continues to live up to that promise.
Twitter had a lot of thoughts on “Pickle Rick” that included far more than just senselessly repeating, “I’m Pickle Rick!” But, yeah, it was mostly just that.
Even the official Rick and Morty account didn’t shy away from the extreme violence and gore.
Many rightfully labeled Pickle Rick as a total badass as the episode took a ridiculous concept and totally owned it.
He totally “pwns.”
The “everything” Pickle Rick pwned included a ton of rats and Russians.
Calling Pickle Rick “reckless” is such an understatement.
Pickle Rick is also pretty dope at parkour.
Why can’t regular Rick do any of these feats?
But for others, the next level violence in the episode was pretty dark.
Some took the chance to drag the show itself for its gratuitous use of violence.
It’s definitely not the kind of episode you’d be okay with watching publicly.
Not only was it a big night for Pickle Rick, but it was also a big night for Drogon on Game of Thrones, as the dragon burned a Lannister army to a crisp.
Really, though, who’s more violent? Drogon is just following orders, but Pickle Rick is totally savage.
Who would win in a fight? How flammable are pickles?
A highlight for many was the confrontation between Pickle Rick and Danny Trejo’s Jaguar.
Despite all the violence and dark treatment of Rick’s psychology, many loved this latest episode.
Rick and Morty Season 3 continues Sunday on Adult Swim at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.