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Everything we know about Rick and Morty Season 6

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The Rick and Morty Season 5 trailer was released in March 2021 with a tweet that read: “Now you can start asking us about Season 6.” Especially since Season 5 concluded in September 2021, that’s exactly what we’re going to do: Adult Swim, what’s the deal with Season 6? Here’s everything we know thus far.

Time Warner Broadcasting and Adult Swim ordered 70 more Rick and Morty episodes in May 2018. All 10 episodes of Season 4 are included in that order, along with the 10 episodes from Season 5. Starting with Season 6, we’re looking at at least 50 more episodes in the series. It seems safe to assume that it’ll be 10-episode seasons for the foreseeable future, so this current order could encompass everything through Season 10.

We still know very little about the upcoming season, but there have been a few hints here and there.

When will Rick and Morty Season 6 begin?

Rick and Morty settle in to watch some TV.Adult Swim

Since Adult Swim ordered those 70 episodes, the pace of production has become much more streamlined, which is a good indication that the wait until Season 6 won’t be too drastic.

The latest update came during November 2021’s Adult Swim festival, when it was confirmed that Season 6 was on track for release sometime during 2022. But the company has yet to announce a more specific window.

If we look at the pace of production with the last few seasons, however, we can make some educated guesses.

The first half of Season 4 aired from November to December 2019. Then, the second half aired in May 2020. It was just over a full year until Season 5 ran throughout summer 2021. Then it was on a month-long hiatus before the two-part Season 5 finale in September 2021. That means there was about a year break between the Season 4 finale and the Season 5 premiere.

Based on that timeframe, Season 6 will likely begin airing by fall 2022. It could be sooner if Adult Swim decides to break it up into two larger halves. Season 5 ran almost continuously before taking a break ahead of the two-part season finale, whereas Season 4 was split neatly in two with almost six months between.

Is there a Rick and Morty Season 6 trailer?

Rick and Morty are crash-landing hard.Adult Swim

No, and we shouldn’t expect one for a very long time.

In May 2019, Adult Swim announced a fall 2019 release window for Season 4 with a direct address from Morty and Rick. Then the official trailer wasn’t released until October 2019. The trailer for the back half of Season 4 was released on April 1, 2020, just one month before episodes resumed.

The Season 5 trailer was released on March 30, 2021, ahead of a June 20 premiere, and we also have to consider the “First Look” animatic released in July 2020. It may seem shocking to consider, but it’s at least possible we’ll see an early animatic from Season 6 before the end of 2021. Adult Swim Festival 2020 was held in November of that year, so it’s possible we’ll see a repeat of that event in November 2021. If so, that would be the perfect time for the network to release an early animatic from Season 6 ahead of a launch in the middle of 2022.

The timing of a full trailer will depend on when the new season launched, but historically, they’re usually released between one and three months before the season premiere. That probably means a Season 6 trailer on or around April 1, 2022. (April 1 has, on some level, become something of a Rick and Morty holiday for the network, so it’s possible.) Or, at the very least, it’ll be released at some point in the first half of 2022.

How far along is Rick and Morty Season 6 production?

Jessica goes along on an adventure with Morty and Rick.Adult Swim

The writers’ room wrapped writing on Season 7 as of August 2021, per a tweet from Cody Ziglar. “We all stared into the abyss & saw the face of God & It was a Gundam,” he wrote. “God is a Gundam & does the Naruto run. Unprecedented.” Based on these silly notes it’s possible that this was a bit of a troll. Did they really finish writing Season 7? In any case, it sounds like the writing on Season 6 has long been finished.

“I often get confused right now between Season 5 and Season 6,” Dan Harmon said during PaleyFest NY in October 2020. “Immediately after this panel, I’ll be reviewing an animatic for a late Season 5 episode. Yet, we are very late in the season … writing Season 6, looking at finales for both seasons, and then also refining the finale of one and the premiere of another.”

Things are a bit confusing here, mainly because Harmon and fellow co-creator and showrunner Justin Roiland are involved at every stage of the process. If they were reviewing an animatic, then that late Season 5 episode hadn’t even entered the animation process yet, which can take several months.

At the same time, the writing team was actively scripting the Season 6 finale while refining the Season 6 premiere. More than six months later, series writer Alex Rubens wrote in a February 2021 tweet that the team had started writing Season 7. And an August 2021 tweet from Cody Ziglar revealed that writing was done on Season 7. Writing an entire season therefore seemingly takes about six months.

Who are the Rick and Morty Season 6 writers?

In May 2020, Dan Harmon noted in an Instagram post that Community alum Alex Rubens had joined the Rick and Morty writing team for Season 6. And then Rubens took the chance in February 2021 to spotlight his fellow writers over Twitter.

Therefore, we’ve already got a pretty comprehensive look at the Season 6 writers’ room:

What is the Rick and Morty Season 6 story?

Morty and Rick work together to save themselves and a bunch of mutated Mortys.Adult Swim

Spoilers follow for Rick and Morty Season 5.

Particularly the last two episodes in Season 5 established some hugely significant plot developments that could forever change the show moving forward, but let’s back up to reflect on some important things from earlier in the season.

The Beth Variant known as “Space Beth” from the Season 4 finale still exists somewhere out there in the show’s main timeline, but she didn’t appear in Season 5 at all. Planetina, Morty’s girlfriend with powers akin to Captain Planet’s, is also still around following an early Season 5 episode that explores their romance. We might see both of these characters again, along with Naruto, the giant incest baby made from Morty and Summer’s DNA. Birdperson has also fully returned from the dead, so expect him to pop up every now and then.

Most importantly, however, in the Season 5 finale, Evil Morty sacrificed the Citadel and most of the Mortys and Ricks aboard to shoot himself out of the Central Finite Curve and into the wider multiverse. We learned in this episode that Rick C-137 (the main Rick of the series) helped design the Citadel and built a wall around a section of the multiverse that separated all realities where Rick was the smartest man from the rest. Evil Morty essentially broke free.

The destruction of the Citadel also means that Rick’s supply of portal fluid could be gone. At the very end of the Season 5 finale, he tosses an empty portal gun to the ground while they fly away aboard a section of the Citadel. Portal tech might not work at all anymore. It’s also possible that the Central Finite Curve itself has been destroyed. Early Season 6 will have to reckon with some of these questions rather quickly.

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