Rick and Morty season 5 finale video sets up an emotional parting for the show’s heroes. After a shorter-than-usual wait, Adult Swim’s most acclaimed and popular animated show returned in June and proved it hasn’t lost a step when it comes to delivering wild sci-fi storytelling coupled with dark explorations of the human condition (and some pop culture references sprinkled around for flavor).
But now Rick and Morty season 5 is set to wrap up and in an unprecedented move for the show it’s going out with a two-parter. As has already been teased, the hour-long finale is set to break up the Rick and Morty duo, a move that feels like a big violation of the show’s long-established rules. Previous teasers indeed showed Rick and Morty getting into a huge fight during which Morty dares Rick to replace him as his partner in adventure (and emotional torture victim). So Rick spins his “Wheel of Better Things Than Morty” which promptly lands on “two crows.” Rick being Rick, he follows through on his threat to replace Morty with a pair of birds by capturing two crows and training them to be his new sidekicks.
Maybe there were fans thinking this “two crows” thing was only Rick trying to teach Morty a lesson, but in fact it looks like Rick really is ready to move on from his grandson entirely. At least that’s the indication given by the newly released season 5 finale teaser clip “Borrowed Time,” a music video from Rick and Morty featuring Tennis that paints a grim picture of Rick and Morty’s relationship. See the clip in the space below via Adult Swim:
In the clip Rick successfully trains his birds to be his sidekicks which appears to make Morty jealous. While Morty goes off to sulk, Rick goes on an adventure with his crows and ends up on an alien planet that appears to be ruled by highly advanced cyborg crows. Evidently Rick becomes friendly with these crows, perhaps because of his knowledge of training crows or maybe because he just has an affinity for bird-based beings (his best friend is Birdperson after all), and later returns to Earth in a crow spaceship to find Morty all bloody and battered from whatever he was up to in the meantime. But Rick doesn’t appear to care much about whatever happened to Morty and instead begins packing up all his stuff to move out and evidently go live on Crow Planet instead. A despondent Morty can only watch as Rick carries the last box out of the garage, packs it on the crow ship and blasts off into space.
The question of course is whether Rick is really taking off for good or only trying to teach Morty an extended and very cruel lesson. Obviously, the show doesn’t mean to break up Rick and Morty for any period of time. Indeed the show habitually avoids setting up on-going arcs at all. Then again, perhaps Rick and Morty really is ready to break with its own rather rigid format and try new things. But it’s equally likely that everything set up here will be resolved by the end of the one-hour finale and Rick and Morty season 6 will start over like nothing ever happened.
Source: Adult Swim