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Just reminding everyone that season 2 comes out JULY 26th.
— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) June 26, 2015
A redditor alerted Rick and Morty fans to news of the leak in a self post. Although the leak initially happened on a private torrent, it’s since spread to more public forums such as a Reddit default subreddit and Digg.
“Before you PM me, I don’t have any links to download,” BillFireCrotchWalton wrote. “It was leaked on a private torrent site, and I can’t just send you a link even if I wanted to. It’s a popular show though, so I’m sure someone will make it publicly available soon.
Like with the Game of Thrones episode leaks earlier this year, the leaks left fans with a giant conundrum: Do they wait until the episodes air to support the show and get a better quality image, or do they watch them now because they can’t wait a few more weeks?
Needless to say, the consensus was split.
also everyone we need to talk about the rick and morty season premiere leak that i didn’t watch, and how amazing i don’t know it is
— Anthony Brian Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) July 2, 2015
Was gonna watch the Rick and Morty episode that’s gone up but saw Justin Roiland post that they’re bummed out about the leak. So I will wait
— Myle Yan Tay (@myleyantay) July 1, 2015
God I hope this leak doesn’t affect rick and morty’s ratings too badly
— BaptismOnFire (@BaptismOnFire) July 2, 2015
Rick and Morty star and co-creator Justin Roiland called the leaks “a battle that can’t be won” on Reddit but told fans that the videos they saw online aren’t the final episodes they’ll see on Adult Swim once the season starts.
“Do as you please. The cat’s out of the bag,” he wrote. “Gotta just embrace that they’re out there in the wild now. Just a heads up- these are press outputs and there are minor visual fixes and little things here and there that aren’t cut into these. Not sure exactly what outstanding stuff isn’t in these but I do know they aren’t ‘final.’”
As to who leaked the episodes? It’s too early to say, but Roiland has an idea.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.