‘Rick and Morty’ creators distance themselves from brutal ‘Game of Thrones’ joke

The brief dig appeared on Sunday night's episode

The creators of Rick and Morty have confirmed that they weren’t responsible for a gag on Sunday night’s episode that brutally took aim at the writing on ‘Game Of Thrones’.

As the episode drew to a close, an In Memoriam message suddenly appeared on screen, brandishing the message: “The writing on Game of Thrones [2011-2016].”

But while the savage joke was praised by fans, creator Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon have confirmed that it was in fact added by broadcaster Adult Swim in post production.

“Just FYI, we had nothing to do with the GOT adult swim bumper from last night. Didn’t even notice it”, Roiland wrote on Twitter.

A message from the official Rick & Morty Twitter account added: “We had nothing to do with that game of thrones bumper after last night’s ep. We hadn’t seen it, that was all @adultswim. We <3 Thrones.”

Rick and Morty is currently airing its third series – which has been dominated by a running gag involving Rick Sanchez’s endless quest to get his hands on a jug of Szechuan Sauce released by McDonald’s in 1999 to celebrate the release of Mulan.

And after McDonald’s revived the sauce to make several limited edition jugs, DeadMau5 paid over $15,000 to get his hands on one.