Rick and Morty releases the cold open for season 5’s return episode. Eight episodes of Rick and Morty season 5 have already run on Adult Swim. But the show made fans wait a few weeks to see the season’s final two installments, which will both drop on the same day as a two-part finale event.
Of course Rick and Morty doesn’t really do obvious story arcs that are set up and paid off but nevertheless season 5 has in subtle ways seemed to be building to something. And if recent teasers are to be believed, that something is the break up of the team of Rick and Morty. A just-released Rick and Morty season finale music video promo gave the strongest indication yet that the show’s heroically dysfunctional duo is headed for a split, one precipitated by Morty becoming fed up with Rick, and Rick “firing” Morty as his sidekick. In the clip in question, an irate Rick takes on two crows as his new sidekicks and is led to a planet of advanced crows, and likes this new place so much he decides to move out of Beth and Jerry’s garage seemingly forever. All Morty can do is watch in sadness as Rick packs up his stuff and blasts off in a crow spaceship.
Another clip just released by Adult Swim fleshes out the picture a little more by showing exactly why Morty became so fed up with Rick in the first place. In the season 5, episode 9 cold open, Morty is hopping around between worlds by himself using Rick’s portal gun. But this isn’t just Morty out for a little time-and-space joy ride. In fact, he’s hopping dimensions desperately trying to clean up messes left by his selfish and irresponsible grandfather Rick. See the clip in the space below:
The clip features the usual array of space hijinks but of course there’s a big difference in that Morty is doing all this by himself. A little show of independence is great for Morty, who obviously is far too strongly influenced by his narcissistic grandfather Rick. But Morty’s small rebellion leads him into big trouble when in the course of trying to hide his use of Rick’s portal gun he accidentally dumps portal fluid on his hand, creating an inter-dimensional hole in himself, through which he has a conversation with an angry stoner. This obviously leads directly into the previously-teased moment when Rick catches Morty being bad, the two have a huge fight and Rick decides to fire Morty and spin a wheel to find a new sidekick.
It remains to be seen how everything plays out but it certainly seems a reshuffling of the character cards is coming for Rick and Morty. The show has of course stuck to a pretty rigid set of rules over its first five seasons, but no show can keep going on forever in the same exact way. So perhaps now is the perfect time for Rick and Morty to renew itself by adjusting the dynamic between grandfather and grandson. Rick becoming less of a jerk and Morty less of a doormat might be a welcome move. On the other hand, it could ultimately blow up everything that makes the show work. Rick and Morty‘s season 5 finale drops on September 5, 2021.
Source: Adult Swim