Justin Roiland, co-creator of Adult Swim’s awesome animated sci-fi show, Rick and Morty, has revealed some new info about how the characters will evolve over the final three episodes of the first season: “We are seeing Morty test his boundaries and stand up for himself and become more assertive, and he’s learning that he’s able to.”
Roiland goes on to say that Rick will continue to, as he has been, indulge Morty’s attempts at independence, “even if it’s just to show him how fucked up his decision is ultimately going to become.” This dynamic between Morty and his grandfather introduced itself most notably back in episode 5, “Meeseeks and Destroy,” in which Morty insisted that Rick follow him on an adventure for a change. It resulted in probably the series’ darkest plotline so far and, in my opinion, it currently remains the show’s best episode.
The issue of Morty standing up to Rick will be front and center in an upcoming episode that Roiland says “really blows things open.” The importance of Rick and Morty’s relationship will drive the episode and we’ll learn how “Morty being assertive and standing up for himself could potentially be a bad thing, too.” This is awfully cryptic, but considering Morty’s newfound independence has thus far resulted in him being sexually assaulted and becoming the father of a murderous alien creature (not at the same time), we can probably assume that, whatever happens, it’s going to be plenty disturbing.
Seems there’s a lot packed into these last bunch of episodes as, surprisingly, there’s also going to be another Rick and Summer-driven story coming before the season’s out that will move their relationship further forward. “The difference between Summer and Morty is that Summer doesn’t put up with Rick’s shit,” explains Roiland. “She stands up for herself. She knows what she wants and she’s not manipulated by Rick in any way, shape or form.” Summer did make for a much more confident and formidable sidekick in “Raising Gazorpazorp.” In fact, Rick was the one reduced to the sidekick role for much of the episode, which was the dynamic Morty hoped for but ultimately failed to make happen in “Meeseeks and Destroy.” “Raising Gazorpazorp” was unfortunately the weakest episode yet aired, but there’s still a lot of potential for Summer and Rick’s relationship to develop in ways that could serve as an interesting counter to Rick and Morty’s.
Roiland adds that, even though the fans seem to be obsessed with Rick’s past that, aside from some bits and pieces here and there, there isn’t going to be a lot revealed about it as he figures, probably quite rightly, that revealing too much might destroy the mystique and “shatter that magic.” But we are going to get “glimpses into Rick’s inner psyche” that will help give us some idea of what kind of horrible stuff Rick’s seen in his life and why he’s so incredibly cold and disaffected.
Finally, Justin Roiland says that he and Dan Harmon are already writing for the show’s second season. He claims that they aren’t letting the show’s popularity affect them. They’re just doing what they did for Season 1 and making the show they want to make.