RICK AND MORTY SEASON 5 RETURNS
THE MULTIVERSE GIVETH:
By Alec Bojalad
Thanks to Loki, TV multiverses are now in vogue. Now TV’s most successful multiverse returns in Rick and Morty season 5.
Back in 2018, Adult Swim cut a deal for a staggering 70 more episodes of Rick and Morty.
Following the conclusion of Rick and Morty season 4, 60 episodes remain.
Now, emboldened by that lengthy episode order and four years on the air, Rick and Morty season 5 is set to be the show’s most ambitious yet.
The first episode of season 5 premieres Sunday, June 20 at 11 p.m. ET on Adult Swim.
The first three episodes will be titled “Mort Dinner Rick Andre,” “Mortyplicity,” and “A Rickconvenient Mort.”
Future episodes will be titled “Rickdependence Spray,” “Amortycan Grickfitti,” Rick & Morty’s Thanksploitation Spectacular,” “Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion,” “Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort,” “Forgetting Sarick Mortshall,” and “Rickmurai Jack.”
Throughout its run, Rick and Morty has sometimes struggled with whether it should embrace its own canon or continue with more standalone adventures.
According to show producer and writer Scott Marder, “There's epic canon in season five coming.”
Co-creator Dan Harmon has also revealed that “Space Beth” will appear in season 5 and was not designed to be a one-off character.
Even with an added investment in canon, Rick and Morty season 5 has some fun singular adventures lined up.
Episode 1 will find Morty grappling with Rick’s nemesis: the sea king Nimbus.
Based on the season’s trailer, future episodes will cover Neon Genesis Evangelion-style mech suits, the destruction of America’s national monuments, and future dog warriors.
It’s all in a day’s work for TV’s most expansive multiverse.