'Rick and Morty' Season 4, Episode 6: Is the Story-Train.com Website Real?

Rick and Morty has often seen products mentioned in the show which fans have then rushed out to buy. For example, fans across the world caused havoc while trying to buy McDonald's Szechuan sauce in 2017, and viewers were able to scan a QR code on a funnel hat worn by Rick in Season 4 that directed them to the show's shop. So when Season 4, Episode 6 of the Adult Swim cartoon ended with a link to www.story-train.com, Rick and Morty fans rushed en masse to the website to purchase a toy train of their own.

Those fans, however, were disappointed, as the website does not appear to be real. When Newsweek tried to access the website at time of writing, an error message came up reading: "This site can't be reached. story-train.com's server IP address could not be found."

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'Rick and Morty' Season 4, Episode 6 ended with a link to the Story Train website Adult Swim

A number of Rick and Morty fans took to Twitter to express their frustrations that the Story-Train.com website was not real. For example, one wrote: "As a @RickandMorty fan and a model train enthusiast I REALLY want a Story Train gahdamit." Another viewer tweeted: "Where is my Story Train I'm so mad that if it doesn't come out in the next week I'm going to delete Twitter I swear I will."

There are some indications, however, that at one point there was going to be a real Story Train website which fans would be able to access after Rick and Morty Season 4, Episode 6. As Heavy.com reported, the Story Train website URL is owned by Turner Broadcasting System, the media conglomerate that owns Rick and Morty's network Adult Swim.

This could suggest a number of things. The company may have initially intended to put out a website featuring the train, but been unable to do so due to some sort of setback, likely caused by the coronavirus. However, they may have just purchased the domain so no one else could purchase it—after all, it would be potentially embarrassing for them if they featured a website URL on their show which some troll then bought the rights to and filled the site with something unpleasant.

Another option is that the show put the fake website URL into the show as a sort of meta-satire on capitalism. This was something suggested by show writer Jeff Loveness, who tweeted: "Rick and Morty is back tonight. I wrote the first 3 episodes & worked with such incredible writers & artists. I hope you like them. They're about being trapped in the narrative choke of Capitalism, the broken worlds we escape through Love, and Paul Giamatti with C**-Gutters."

Rick and Morty Season 4 airs on Sundays at 11:30 p.m. ET on Adult Swim.