Welcome to halfway in Rick and Morty and Adult Swim’s “The 12 Days of Rickmas”, when we open the little annoying cardboard door (why do they never open things right?) on the sixth day of your virtual Advent calendar – minus the chocolate-like goodness but shocking chances to win some cool and random Rick and Morty SWAG. With the celebration until Friday 12 December, fans can go to the main page (here) every day, connect personal information and then submit for a chance to be one of ten (10) who win today’s gift. “It simply came to our notice then The Queen’s Gambit love, our boys hit the open road with style, a modern defense against the NX-5 Planet Remover, a way to keep track of your existential anxiety with dirty stickers, a pickle-seltzer infusion that we’re only here for because of a hat and tote bag. So what happens when we reach our sixth day?
How about the existence of our childhood, Rubik’s cube? In addition to this time, USAOPOLY has made the experience a little less frustrating with the faces of Rick, Morty, Pickle Rick, Squanchy, Birdperson and Mr. Meeseeks staring back at us. And when you see six faces mashed up, they have their advantages – but next time? Let’s throw in Mr. Poopy Butthole and Jaguar – or maybe one with the characters from “Total Rickall.” So what are you waiting for? Get your name in the mix with the link above – and for the rules, small print and the other fun stuff that 99.837% of us usually do not read, go here.
“Rick and Morty”: Here’s what we know about seasons 5 and 6
During a panel discussion in July this year, Harmon, Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalkeand Spencer Grammer offered fans insights via Twitch about what we can expect from the fifth season – and yes, that included a preview of what’s to come. In the preview, Rick is close to death so it’s up to Morty to save the day – and get back in time for a date with Jessica? Things do not go quite as planned, as the dimension-jumping duo ends up in front of Rick’s previously unknown nemesis … Mr. Nimbus?!?
In October, The Paley Center for Media’s 8th Annual PaleyFest NY hosted a behind-the-scenes look at the two-time Emmy Award-winning Adult Swim series Rick and Morty. Parnell, Chalke, Grammer and Harmon joined the panel moderator Mike Schneider (Senior Editor, Amount) to talk about “Space Beth” and what it looked like for the fifth and sixth (?!?) season.
Are you still not sure who the real Beth is, the Beth we saw throughout the fourth season or the season’s final “Space Beth”? Do not feel so bad: even Chalke does not know for sure – and she votes both characters. While still not giving a definitive answer, Harmon offered some background on its purpose to get such a personal twist thrown into the mix – and further teased that viewers may get more “Space Beth” in the near future. “You know as much as Rick knows. I do not want to keep secrets from the audience. She’s Schrodinger’s Beth right now,” Harmon explained. “The fact that she may or may not be a clone is actually the important thing. It’s the profound revelation about Rick’s commitment to non-engagement and how offensive it can be as a parent. That’s the important thing here. We’ve adding aunts to the family “We’re having fun looking at more options with Space Beth.”
Harmon was asked what he could offer for the fifth season – and that was definitely good news. After a short pause to consider what he could and could not discuss (we were so close Harmon admitted that he gets confused between the 5th and 6th seasons because of how far they are with both seasons. He revealed that after the panel he would review animatics for late season 5 episodes while he was in the middle of writing late season 6 episodes (also joking about how he works with two season finals at the same time).
More specifically, Harmon teased an episode during the fifth season where Morty ends up in a relationship with a female character who is not Jessica. Written by Rob Schrab, Harmon says the episode is “a great little story” and even looked forward to next year’s Emmys: “My Emmys goes to this one.” Although he jokingly does not want to curse the show’s two-year run at the top of the Emmy animation mountain, Harmon wanted to make it clear that he actually means his “heart Emmy” (so ignore the things that came before that, Emmy voters).
In mid-November during Adult Swim Fests’ ‘Rick and Morty’ Global Celebration, “Harmon, executive producer Scott Marder, as well as Parnell, Chalke and Grammer, the session was intended to focus on the recently concluded fourth season but also looked forward to the series’ future. Harmon reiterated that viewers should expect some “pretty groovy stuff to come.” But Marder found a way to throw just the right amount of gasoline at the fan’s dumps of speculation by teasing that the fifth season will have “epic cannon” and that viewers “will turn with the cannon.” As for who they want as guest stars, Ian McKellan and Jeff Goldblum at the top of the list (with Harmon proposing a foreigner with McKellan’s head and Goldblum’s body). When it comes to a musical episode, Harmon says it “will probably happen sometime” and there have been “conversations” in the past. Oh, and it seems like the work on the seventh season is already underway (yes, you read that right).