The finale of the third season of Mythic Quest has arrived, bringing to a close another series of episodes chronicling the lives of the employees of not just one, but two fictional video game studios dealing with the ups and downs of the video game industry of the funniest way possible.
Last year, during a break in filming for the season three finale, IGN and other news outlets spoke to the cast and creators of Mythic Quest about the rise of GrimPop, the aftermath of CW Longbottom’s departure, played by F. Murray Abraham, the possibility of Mythic Quest becoming a game or a movie, and much more.
Two studies and a movie… and a game?
At the end of the second season of Mythic Quest, Ian (Rob McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) decided to resign from the studio and found their own company, GrimPop Studios, which would develop Poppy’s game, Hera. This was an interesting new challenge on the set, as the crew had to splitting your time between two different studies. Luckily, the team had a great time.
“We had a great time on GrimPop because it’s a really new environment for us, so we had a lot of fun on that set,” says Megan Ganz, co-creator and executive producer of Mythic Quest. “But we find ways to cross people over. As David says, he’s not allowed to have Mythic Quest to himself. Our characters are all very nosy and have found ways to meddle in each other’s business, which has provided, I think, some really fun crossovers.”
“Just like with an ensemble comedy, it’s a lot of fun to mix up the pairings. It was also a lot of fun to see people invade each other’s spaces, which was new. Also seeing David in his big new office was always really cool”.
One of these crossovers involved Ian himself, as he was very interested in the development of the Mythic Quest film adaptation. This gave McElhenney’s character a reason to continue appearing on setas he was “very interested in how that was going to go and his legacy and how it was going to be represented.”
Speaking of movies, Ganz already said that the team wouldn’t be opposed to Mythic Quest being made into a movieusing Community’s phrase “six seasons and one movie” to punctuate this.
“We are open to the idea of the series becoming a movie,” says Ganz. “I’m just saying that. Three seasons and a movieif you need any reference”.
A movie was not the only thing that was raised in this talk, since the team also talked about the chances of Mythic Quest becoming a real game.
“That would be something we would have to ask our partners at Ubisoft,” McElhenney said. “I think we’ve suggested that the game itself is AAA. So to build something like that would cost roughly a lot of money. So it turns out that the studio that distributes our show has a lot of money. I wonder if there’s…”
“Something that can be done,” chimed in Ashly Burch, the actress who plays Rachel.
“Interesting. I don’t know. I was just saying it,” McElhenney said.
While many were excited for Mythic Quest to return for a third season, they were just as surprised to learn that F. Murray Abraham and his character CW Longbottom would no longer be part of the series.
The exact details of Abraham’s march have never been confirmed, but the creators of Mythic Quest they chose not to circumvent it in the series.
“Yeah, it sucks not having Murray this season,” McElhenney said. “But we recognize that The CW is a very beloved character and obviously a big part of the series, so we made sure we had a really fitting tribute to him. And I don’t want to give anything away. We definitely hit it big.”
While we won’t divulge how Mythic Quest approaches CW Longbottom’s story, Ganz and David Hornsby, the actor who plays David Brittlesbee and executive producer of the series, talked about the process of reflection when facing their departure of Mythic Quest and whether he ever considered the possibility of continuing the character with another actor.
“Talk later [de cambiar el actor de C.W. Longbottom], but in the end we decided it was just going to illuminate their absence,” Ganz said. “It’s like you have this cast and they’re so magical together and we didn’t want to add anyone in season three. We were thrilled to have Naomi in more episodes this year because she had already been a part of the series.”
“It wasn’t organic in a way to try to plug in Anthony Hopkins or, you know, like trade [a alguien]added Hornsby. “It was organic from creation. And then I felt like it was organic to bring more life to Naomi’s character and tell her more stories, because she’s great.”
“Yeah, what we were planning to do anyway,” Ganz revealed. “And we just decided instead to just deal with that character and that story in a meaningful way without feeling like we had to bring in someone as a substitute.”
Mythic Quest meets the real world of video games
Just because Mythic Quest takes place in a fictional world doesn’t mean the team behind the series can’t include real world events to give it relevance. After all, there was a whole special about the team trying to manage work from home after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That thought process spills over into the gaming world, and Mythic Quest continually opts for host some of the biggest headlines and see if they can work within the framework of the series.
2022 was a big year for these kinds of headlines, seeing controversial NFTs try to take center stage, big-ticket acquisitions like Microsoft’s $68.7 billion deal to buy Activision Blizzard, and much more. In fact, her own Ubisoft is very involved in keeping the team up to date what’s going on in the video game industry, and Ganz couldn’t be more grateful.
“It’s amazing because we can use that. It’s like a bunch of things we can pull from to create stories,” says Ganz. “And things always happen. I always have the feeling that Hollywood and the video game industry have something to do with it. So the stories are not completely foreign to us, which is very good.”
“We certainly touched on a lot of that stuff because we’d like it to feel like it’s happening in the same contemporary world as everything else, which is why last season, we were supposed to kick off our season with an event. E3 and then we decided against it because that didn’t happen and we wanted to represent the gaming world as it is.”
There are many more connections to the real world of gaming in the Mythic Quest team, as Burch is a prolific voice actress who stars, among other roles, as Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West.
Finally, Danny Pudi, the actor who plays Brad Bakshi, spent all of Horizon Zero Dawn and I had no idea Burch was the lead..
“There was a moment on set where he told me he was playing Horizon Zero Dawn and I said, ‘You know Ashly does the voice? And he said, what? I said, ‘Yeah, don’t you? have you noticed?” Ganz said.
Burch added with a laugh, “And Mike Berlucchi, who’s our cinematographer, who’s also a huge fan, was like, ‘Danny…’ I was mad at him. How did he not know? What a terrible friend.”
For more information, check out all the details on the Mere Mortals spin-off series, which will “explore the lives of employees, players and fans affected by the game.”