Everything We Know About Rick and Morty Season 6
VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
WRITTEN BY: Johnny Reynolds
Season 6 for "Rick and Morty" is almost here, and here's everything we know about the duo's upcoming adventures! For this list, we'll be looking at all of the details revealed so far about the 6th season of this highly acclaimed animated series. Oour countdown includes the Episode Titles, an ominous event called Wormageddon, the Promo Material that's been released, and more!
Script written by Johnny Reynolds
Season 6 for "Rick and Morty" is almost here, and here's everything we know about the duo's upcoming adventures! For this list, we’ll be looking at all of the details revealed so far about the 6th season of this highly acclaimed animated series. Oour countdown includes the Episode Titles, an ominous event called Wormageddon, the Promo Material that's been released, and more! How excited are you for the next season? Share your hype levels with us in the comments!
Let’s start with something we actually know very little about, but which has us incredibly curious. The Season 5 finale, “Rickmurai Jack,” ended with the Citadel of Ricks being destroyed. One of the most tantalizing pieces of marketing surrounding Season 6 is a clip that seems to take place within the Citadel. Titled ‘A Citadel Secret,’ the short clip shows a giant egg incubating while the Citadel burns around it. It can be seen on the show’s official website alongside a countdown clock ticking towards something called Wormageddon. That can’t be good. The countdown will end at 7 AM PST on Thursday, August 18th. Considering the egg was also used in a poster given to fans at Adult Swim Festival, we expect something big.
A Change in Status Quo
With the closing events of Season 5, it seems we’ll be in for a big change to the norm when it comes to Rick and Morty’s adventures. Usually, Rick could pop out his handy portal gun to freely travel to other worlds and dimensions. But while destroying the Citadel of Ricks, Evil Morty essentially made that impossible. Without this useful device, we’re intrigued to see how the show will handle being confined to a single universe. Of course, we don’t expect it to stay this way. The show has previously, and frequently, introduced changes to the status quo, like Rick going to prison to save his family at the end of Season 2 only to break out at the beginning of Season 3.
Along with the Wormageddon countdown, a synopsis for Season 6 was released. It was unfortunately vague, stating we’ll pick back up on the duo down on their luck after Season 5. It also promised dinosaurs and mentioned urine a few more times than we’re comfortable with. Thankfully, an actual trailer shows that “Rick and Morty” is just as chaotic as ever. Events are impossible to piece together without context. But we get glimpses of Summer with X-23 claws, Rick growing new mechanical arms, and the family fleeing from all manner of aliens and robots. While we have no idea what exactly is happening in any of these sequences, it nevertheless puts our excitement levels through the roof.
In addition to cryptic promotional material, Adult Swim has also released the titles of the upcoming season’s episodes. While these don’t reveal too much in terms of plot, they do tell us what popular films we may be getting references to and parodies of, similar to those in past seasons. Among the list is ‘Rickmas Mortcation,’ ‘Full Meta Jackrick,’ and ‘Analyze Piss,’ which is likely where we’ll get the overload of urine mentioned in the season’s synopsis. Curiously, there’s also an episode simply titled ‘Final Destination.’ Additionally, Season 6 has 11 episodes. Every other season has had 10, except for the very first, and we welcome the additional zany escapade with open arms.
While this isn’t necessarily about Season 6 per se, it is something that should have fans extremely excited. While the earlier days of “Rick and Morty” took longer breaks in between seasons, it seems those days are long gone. The show’s renewal for 70 more episodes in 2018 came with the promise that we wouldn’t have to wait as long for new episodes. Season 6 will premiere just a year after Season 5 did, a schedule we’re of course grateful for. Additionally, the writers wrapped on Season 7 in August of 2021. It may seem silly to get excited about Season 7 when Season 6 has yet to premiere. But it’s nice to see the team on such a good track.
The first episode of Season 6, ‘Bethnic Twinstinct,’ will premiere on Adult Swim at 11 pm on September 4th in the US, a graciously short wait. Presuming it airs weekly with no breaks, that would put the season finale, ‘Juricksic Mort,’ airing on November 13th. Well, the synopsis did promise dinosaurs… There’s no word yet on when new episodes will make their way to streaming services. As of writing, fans without access to Adult Swim can watch the show through subscriptions of Hulu and HBO Max. If we look to Season 5 as a blueprint, it launched on those platforms around 5 months after the finale aired. Fans who watch this way may have a bit longer to wait.
Better Than Season 5?
Co-creator, and voice of both Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland has promised a very strong Season 6. Roiland admitted that Season 5 was “a weird one,” though his feelings were partially tied to the death of line producer Michael Mendel in 2019. While he doesn’t feel Season 5 was bad, he sounds extremely excited for us to witness the future of the show. He claimed Season 6 will be more canonical, with the team getting back into the rhythm for what he thinks will be an “amazing” and “quality season.” Perhaps one way it will be stronger is through more great comedic cameos, something that the show has consistently excelled at. Regardless, we have faith Roiland and co. can pull it off.