rick and morty Season 6 began to fully address Rick’s origin story after finally revealing it in full at the end of the fifth season, and one of the creators behind it all explained why now was the time. ideal for exploring the origin of Rick! After a mismatch about it in the show’s third season, the end of season 5 finally gave us our first real glimpse of how Rick became the Rick he is on the current show. Then the new season premiere decided to dig deeper into that as it begins to emotionally dissect its impact on Rick.
It’s so late in the game’s development that fans are wondering why we’re now starting to see more of Rick’s past. As explained by rick and morty series co-creator Dan Harmon, it’s actually the result of dark behind-the-scenes moments in the fifth season due to the loss of producer J. Michael Mendel, and the sixth season is the team that finally gets to a place of stability where they can really explore the main canon and serialization and all the heaviness that comes with it.
Speaking with Variety about why now is the time to move forward with exploring Rick’s origin story, Harmon explained, “From a behind-the-scenes perspective, Season 5 was really dark spot for our show. We lost our father figure, Mike Mendel, who was the master at The simpsonsand then he was the reason why rick and morty, despite his kind of punk rock, was still able to compete in an adult business… On screen then there was this sort of deliberate attempt to be ordinary, the way you might cry while shopping , because you I’m just like, I’m just going to act normal. And then your behavior can be so frantic and compulsive that people wonder, what’s wrong with this person?”
It was a tentative dislike to avoid building on the franchise until enough time had passed. “That’s how I see Season 5,” Harmon continued. “And we’ve done an amazing job, but in terms of embracing Rick and Morty as a massive franchise with natural canon and serialization, it spoke to me about drama on an emotional level, and in the middle of all this uproar, I think there was an unconscious desire to avoid this.” But there was more of a sense of solid ground for the team in Season 6.
“So the long answer to your question is then, going into season 6, when there was a little bit more stability, a little feeling of starting now, again, in a post-Mendel world, I think the first thing that came up was, are we going to tell an overarching story here about Rick’s one-armed man and his kind of “Fugitive”?” Harmon continued. “That’s why it’s time to do it. Plus you’re doing a huge cliffhanger at the end of season 5, it’s fandom faith bought on credit and you have to pay that bill. So that means you go deep.”
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