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Rick and Morty: Season 5 finale official trailer
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Evil Morty (played by Justin Roiland) finally enacted his masterplan in the latest thrilling episode of Rick and Morty. With the Adult Swim comedy delivering what fans have been waiting for after all this time, could they have predicted what would eventually happen way back in 2013?
Season five of Rick and Morty ended with a bang as the shocking finale episode, ‘Samurai Rick’, finally brought back fan favourite villain Evil Morty.
Viewers have been waiting for years to see the heroic Rick and Morty return to the Citadel, and the conclusion of their latest run on Adult Swim didn’t disappoint.
By the end of the episode, the Citadel had been destroyed and Evil Morty had gained access to the entire multiverse, including universes where Rick (Roiland) is not at the centre.
The ingenious mastermind finally stepped into an ominous yellow portal just before the credits rolled.
Fans now have a long wait ahead to find out if this is the end of Evil Morty’s story, or whether he’ll eventually return to cause more chaos in a later season.
With the villain’s story at an end – for now – fans have been returning to some older episodes and picking up on some glaring moments of foreshadowing.
The most obvious case appeared in the penultimate episode of season one, ‘Close Rick-counters Of The Rick Kind’, which introduced Evil Morty to the series.
A recent article on Screen Rant theorised the Big Bad’s debut in the show may have already been hinting at the destruction of the Central Finite Curve.
In this adventure, Rick takes Morty to the Citadel of Ricks for the first time as the dimension-hopping duo are summoned by the authoritative Council of Ricks.
After narrowly escaping the clutches of ‘evil’ Rick, it’s then revealed this Rick was actually being controlled by his Morty.
At one point in the episode, the original Rick warns Morty ‘A cocky Morty can lead to some big problems, can be a real bad thing for everybody.’
Morty presses for more information, but Rick insists ‘I’ll tell you when you’re older.’
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As we’ve now seen what Rick was talking about, it’s believed showrunners Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon were, in fact, warning fans about Evil Morty’s imminent return.
Screen Rant explained: “Since this is the same episode where Evil Morty makes his debut, Rick’s words were clearly intended to foreshadow the significance of the eye-patch wearing variant.
“As Rick predicted, Evil Morty became a problem for literally ‘everybody’.
“Sabotaging countless realities and variants in his quest for independence.”
Rick and Morty’s first season aired all the way back in 2013, so it’s unlikely the writers knew exactly how Evil Morty’s plans for the Citadel would pan out.
Indeed, the series is infamously reluctant to tackle its overarching narrative, so many viewers still felt an appearance from Evil Morty in season five was unlikely.
Even so, this throwaway line from Rick in the show’s very first instalment seemed to confirm he would become a major antagonist for the interdimensional duo.
Rick and Morty seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix. Season 5 is available on All 4.
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