Grouping Katsuko, Jen and Billie together in the big celebration panel was done as a callback to “The Mother Trilogy.” Also, this is the first time since the fundraiser in Chapter 1 that the entire main and secondary casts are in the same place at the same time.

At first, I wasn’t planning to write such a big conversation between Thirteen and Morty. So much of this extended convo is devoted to repeating the realization that Thirteen had a few pages ago. I was simply going to reunite them with some predictable pleasantries and then switch to other characters. But, this is a significant moment for both characters, and it deserved to be seen in full.