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The pathos and perfectionism behind the long-awaited third season of 'Rick and Morty'

The pathos and perfectionism behind the long-awaited third season of 'Rick and Morty'

Justin Roiland has every minute of the new season of “Rick and Morty” accounted for, which makes it easy for the cartoon co-creator to pinpoint the exact moment that’s making him anxious.

It’s the last bit of the sixth episode in the third season. “We need to pop the hood on just the end,” Roiland explained inside the Burbank studio that houses the Adult Swim series. “The last three to two minutes.”

But Episode 6 wasn’t on the to-do list this July afternoon, as line producer Mike Mendel gently reminded him: “Five is our priority.”

In an instant, Roiland pivoted and turned his attention to the animated storyboard from the fifth episode, offering a flood of information...

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