Dan Harmon Slams Adult Swim’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Jab as ‘Lazy, Craftless’

Network aired message after Sunday’s “Rick and Morty” that criticized HBO hit

"Game of Thrones" "The Winds of Winter"

Dan Harmon doesn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about the “Game of Thrones” burn that ran after Sunday’s “Rick and Morty.”

Following the most recent episode of the Adult Swim animated series, eagle-eyed viewers spotted an in memoriam-style onscreen message that read, “The Writing on ‘Game of Thrones’ [2011-2016].” The “Rick and Morty” Twitter account responded on Monday by saying the show’s team had nothing to do with the barb.

Harmon, who co-created “Rick and Morty” with Justin Roiland, took to Instagram on Wednesday to further disavow himself from the insult about the writing on HBO’s “Thrones,” which ended its seventh season on Sunday.

“People keep asking me about that tragically tacky card Adult Swim aired after ‘Rick and Morty’ that insulted the writing on ‘Game of Thrones,’” Harmon wrote.

“I keep thinking I should say something, but I keep waiting for the time I’d need to write something worth saying because rule number one in talking s— is you better talk way better than the s— you’re talking about,” he continued. “But then I remember the truly frustrating thing about that card is that it breaks that rule, being a lazy, craftless jab at the WRITING on my favorite show.”

Harmon surmised that the “Thrones” potshot was probably the work of some “pointlessly jaded teenage intern.”

“Sorry if that anonymously unearned snark bummed you out, but I’m the one that has to spend the next TV Guide Showrunner’s Dinner checking his vodka for Essence of Nightshade,” the “Community” creator quipped.

An Adult Swim representative declined to comment. Check out the “Thrones” card and Harmon’s response below.


“Rick and Morty” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Adult Swim.