Rick and Morty Creator Dan Harmon Has His Own Theory About Mr. Poopybutthole

By Diane Samson | 3 months ago
Rick and Morty Creator Dan Harmon Has His Own Theory About Mr. Poopybutthole
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Mr. Poopybutthole is a fan-favorite, but he came out of nowhere. In Season 2 of Rick and Morty, he was introduced in the episode Total Rickall where the Smith household was overrun by alien parasites planting fake memories to the main characters. However, while the new additions were all tagged as phonies and were eliminated, Mr. Poopybutthole was revealed to be a real member of the family.

Who exactly is the new addition and why have viewers not seen the character prior to Season 2? Show creator Dan Harmon offers his own theory.

Alien Parasites

Mr. Poopybutthole in Total Rickall was the most confusing plot twist of the second season. When Beth (Sarah Clarke) shot him thinking he was an alien parasite, he bled real blood. Last fans saw him he was living in his own apartment, still nursing his gunshot wound.

There are plenty of theories about the character floating on the web, but Harmon offered his own take. In an interview with Cinema Blend, he theorized that, perhaps, Mr. Poopybutthole was a different type of alien parasite.

“How abour Mr. Poopybutthole – just as where there’s flies, there’s spiders – wherever these parasites start blooming, Mr. Poopybutthole is a different species who is more benign, or more advanced,” Harmon explained ahead of the Sunday premiere of Rick and Morty Season 3 on Adult Swim.

“He subsists on lives like the way that hermit crabs steal other shells. Maybe Mr. Poopybutthole takes advantage of the holes put in your memory and kind of burrows into those pre-existing holes. So he shows up where those parasites are, and he’s more of a fourth dimensional phantom species that isn’t bound by space, and only appears in concentrations of temporal malfunction or misperception and breakdown.”

That also explained why Mr. Poopybutthole was able to address the audience in the after-credits of the Season 2 finale. He was the one who warned the fans to brace for a long wait for Season 3.

Rick and Morty Season 3 Details

So Adult Swim has released the premiere episode of Season 3 on April 1 this year. Fans already know how the mad genius was able to escape the intergalactic prison (and his desperate call for McDonald’s to bring back a special Chicken McNuggets sauce).

At the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con (via Uproxx), the cast of the animated series talked about what the upcoming season will be about. As it turns out, some characters will be dealing with their daddy issues.

During the panel, Chalke and Spencer Grammer (Summer) talked about Season 3. It was confirmed that Beth is finally leaving her husband, Jerry (Chris Parnell). Chalke also hinted at the relationship between Beth and her father moving forward? Will she finally join her intergalactic adventures?

While she did not divulge specifics, she assured that fans will get a glimpse of Beth’s childhood and Rick (Justin Roiland) as the dysfunctional father. Grammer’s Summer will also deal with her own issues. As fans saw in a previous episode, the older sibling is scared that her parents will get a divorce and now that it is happening, she will be left traumatized.

However, Grammer told the fans that the separation was inevitable. “The eventuality of all dimensions is that Jerrys will be abandoned by their Beths,” she explained. There is a silver lining. Because of the divorce and the negative effect it will have on Summer, Season 3 will see the mother and daughter work through their issues and create a better dynamic.

Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 2 is titled Rickmancing the Stone. It will follow Rick and his grand kids travel to a post-apocalyptic dimension and meet dangerous opponents. The episode will air on Sunday, July 30, on Adult Swim.

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Diane Samson is a graduate of Literature. In her spare time, she loves to watch movies and television shows. She joined MNG in February 2016.