Not to be outdone by the plethora of ridiculous April Fool’s Day jokes, Adult Swim decided to pull the best prank of all: show something real.
On Saturday night, Adult Swim streamed the first episode of the long-anticipated season three, just about 18 months after season two ended. It closes out some of the previous season’s cliffhangers with a bang, to put it mildly. In the span of 30 minutes, Rick defeated the Council of Ricks, overturned the Federation (by simply changing the value of their currency from one to zero), and finally got rid of Beth’s husband Jerry.
As big as the episode is, the last few minutes were what really stood out (before the post-credits teaser). Last season ended on a bit of ambiguity, making us wonder who Rick really was and what he stood for. Don’t get me wrong, he’s been an unforgivable asshole, but was it for noble reasons? Turns out, probably not. Everything he did, including getting captured in the first place, was so that he could position himself as the patriarch of Morty’s family. Jerry was apparently going to betray him, and Rick can’t have anyone standing in his way— even if that means scarring Morty psychologically. Then, of course, you’ve got McDonald’s Szechuan chicken nugget sauce, aka the true heart of everything (nine seasons... and a movie?).
The episode opens up a lot of possibilities for where the show is headed. Morty spends most of it trying to convince Summer that Rick isn’t to be trusted, even going so far as to shoot him in the head. Even though that was part of Rick’s plan, Morty didn’t know that– and for the record, in that sense, neither did Rick. He wrongly assumed Morty would be in on the scheme, but he wasn’t, and this could present a major conflict between the two of them in the future.
The Rick and Morty streamathon has sadly ended. But don’t worry, if you missed it, there are lots of “options” on the internet. Adult Swim has also released a ton of the teaser shorts, including a claymation visit to Buttworld, on YouTube. But tell us, what did you think of the first episode of season three? Are you pumped for what’s to come? And, most importantly, how much are you really going to miss Jerry?
Correction: Mistakenly referenced Comedy Central instead of Adult Swim. This has been fixed.