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The Game of Thrones crew has spared no expense to keep its final season spoiler-free, reportedly feeding actors their lines with earpieces instead of giving them scripts, and shooting multiple decoy scenes for the series finale. Now it looks like showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have deployed another smokescreen for the highly-anticipated eighth season as part of their Blu-ray audio commentary for Rick and Morty season three.
Last May, Benioff, Weiss, and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage joined Justin Roiland in a recording booth to lend their commentary to one of the most memed-to-death episodes of Rick and Morty ever, "Pickle Rick." And in a clips Entertainment Weekly obtained of the longer recording, Weiss throws out an ambitious cross-over idea."The last episode of Game of Thrones should be a live-action version of 'Pickle Rick,'" he says.As much as we'd like to think that that Game of Thrones action scene that took 55 days to shoot was actually a live-action sequence of Rick turning himself into a pickle, squaring off with an assassin, and slaughtering a hideout of Russian spies, it's not likely the minds behind HBO's flagship series would actually spend their hefty production budget on the greatest rickroll of all time. That's more Westworld's style.Still, it's fun to know that Benioff and Weiss, who helm such a serious fantasy drama, are just a couple of sci-fi nerds that share admiration for the Adult Swim show with legions of fans. In one of the clips EW shared, Benioff describes the Jessica Gao–penned episode as having "maybe the best writing in 2017."Still, if Benioff and Weiss did want to make a live action "Pickle Rick," they might be able to get away with it. HBO could always make a live-action Rick & Morty reboot, since it's not clear if Adult Swim is planning to order anymore seasons of its massively popular show.Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily.Follow Beckett Mufson on Twitter and Instagram.