Surprise! After teasing fans with an ominous countdown, “Rick and Morty” plans an interactive “bridge” episode leading up to its highly-anticipated sixth season on Adult Swim (Sept. 4, 11 p.m. EDT/PDT, and streaming on HBO Max).
Following the explosion of the Citadel in last season’s finale, “Wormageddon” challenges fans to join in on the fun and defeat a mysterious alien menace worm taking over the planet with the show’s first-ever, in-person and international treasure hunt. This is an unprecedented move for the Emmy-award-winning show, which follows a sociopathic genius scientist and his timid grandson’s intergalactic adventures.
“It’s literally a global story that unfolds mysteriously and dramatically,” “Rick and Morty” co-creator Dan Harmon tells USA TODAY exclusively. “It’s unprecedented… and ‘Wormageddon’ is Adult Swim’s way of putting fans that want to participate inside a living episode while they patiently wait for season six to drop.”
Over the course of the next two weeks, the locations of 14 unique and immersive scenes across every continent (excluding Antarctica) will be unveiled— nine of which are hidden, and five of which will be slowly revealed. The first spot is Casa de Cultura Jesús Reyes Heroles at Coyoacán in Mexico City, where a 13 foot-tall custom sculpture of matriarch Beth Smith and Supernova are depicted battling the terrorizing worm.
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However, it is up to fans to find nine remaining hidden spots by deciphering cryptic clues on the show’s social media and website.
Justin Roiland, who voices the show’s title characters, Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, is thrilled for fans to finally witness this “really, really cool and exciting” experience. “The engagement side of it with the fans, and the hunt on a global level of trying to find these locations is just really insane in the coolest way, and I’m excited to see what the reaction is going to be,” Roiland tells USA TODAY.
“This feels like it’s its own serialized experience to bridge the gap between the last season and the season now, so fans can still be entertained,” adds actress Spencer Grammer, who voices Summer Smith.
The treasure hunt officially starts Monday. As for the reward, the first to discover these “hidden” “Wormageddon” scenes will win a life-size golden “Rick” head. The cast and showrunners can’t give too much away, but a final message for “Rick and Morty” fans?
“May the worm be with you,” Harmon says.
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