The hit animated series about everyone’s favourite drunk genius and his awkward 14-year-old grandson, Rick and Morty, has been delighting sci-fi fans for over eight years. Running for five seasons, and ‘gifting’ pop culture with Szechuan sauce and Pickle Rick, it is no secret that every new entry of the TV series causes the internet to lose its mind. So, unsurprisingly, fans are anxious to know more about the Rick and Morty season 6 release date.
Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, Rick and Morty revolves around the adventures of Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith. Since premiering back in 2013, the series has become incredibly popular, so much so that in 2018, Adult Swim ordered another whopping 70 episodes – meaning that season 6 has been a done deal for quite some time already.
But now that season 5 is done, you may be wondering when exactly you will get the chance to see the latest from the series? While we may not be the smartest man in the universe, The Digital Fix has done some digging and has gathered all the answers you need. Here is everything we know about the Rick and Morty season 6 release date.
Rick and Morty season 6 release date speculation
The good news is that Rick and Morty season 6 is definitely on its way. And even better, we now know exactly when it will hit our small screens. According to Variety, the Rick and Morty season 6 release date is September 11, 2022.
This is great news as many long-time fans were anxious that the wait for the new season will be drawn out, which is a fair worry considering the two-year gap between season 3 and season 4.
But, we are here to tell you that you can relax because Rick and Morty season 6 will likely stay on track for its late 2022 premiere.
Rick and Morty season 6 plot speculation
No season 6 plot details have been hinted at just yet, but what we do know is that Rick and Morty tends to be episodic, with new adventures offered in each episode. However, the series has built up lore and a few canon plotlines that it continually revisits over the years and we expect this to continue into season 6 and beyond, particularly the Evil Morty storyline.
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In season 5, we saw The Citadel being destroyed, and Evil Morty escaped to a dimension where Rick isn’t the smartest person in that universe. We also witnessed the resurrection of Rick’s best friend Birdperson, who is now on a mission to reunite with his missing child. Finally, we learned the back story of Rick’s wife– who was revealed to be killed along with a young version of Beth by another Rick.
While it is likely that the new season will stick to the episodic formula, as Rick even says in a very meta moment during season 5 after revealing his backstory: “now everyone can shut up about it”, it is also possible that the show may follow up on any of these plot points set up by season 5. The series normally revisits its canon, and personally, we are betting that Birdperson will be back at some point as he remains Rick’s most reliable friend outside of his family.
It is also possible that Evil Morty’s actions of destroying the Citadel and the Central Finite Curve – the constructed barrier that cuts off any realities and universes where Rick isn’t the smartest man alive – will have some dire consequences in the future of the series.
At the end of episode ten in season 5, we also saw that following the destruction of the Central Finite Curve, Rick’s green portal gun was out of juice and maybe even broken for good. So who knows, maybe we will see Rick having to face someone smarter than him in the future as he is forced to travel through all universes and realities instead of just the ones where he is top dog.
We’d also bet a handful of Blemflarcks on the fact that more pop culture references will be packed into season 6 too. We got references to the horror movie Hellraiser in the last season with Cenobites fawning over Jerry’s misery, along with Independence Day easter eggs, and even call-backs to the iconic anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. So expect more cinematic homage.
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Spencer Grammer, who plays Morty’s older sister in the show Summer, has also teased that now that Evil Morty is seemingly out of the picture, we may get the chance to see an Evil Summer in his place.
“Evil Summer is probably the most like Rick she can possibly be,” Grammer said in an interview with Inverse. “The female people in the family take after Rick a lot, so that’s where her intelligence lies. She’d have to beat out Rick’s mind, in a way?”
So yeah, there is plenty to look forward to, and it seems like the possibilities for season 6 are endless!
Rick and Morty season 6 cast speculation
It is pretty safe to say that all the regulars will be back for season 6. That means that Roiland will be voicing both Rick and Morty again, and that the staple actors who bring life to the rest of the Smith family will be joining him too.
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Chris Parnell will return as Jerry, Sarah Chalke as Beth and Spencer Grammar as Morty’s teen sister Summer. Other likely additions to the cast include Kari Wahlgren as Morty’s long-time love interest Jessica, and Dan Harmon as Birdperson.
Here is the list of the cast for Rick and Morty season 6:
- Justin Roiland as Rick and Morty
- Chris Parnell as Jerry
- Sarah Chalke as Beth
- Spencer Grammar as Summer
- Kari Wahlgren as Jessica
- Dan Harmon as Birdperson
- Keith David as the President of the United States
We will keep you posted on casting news, or if any other returning cast members from past seasons reveal their involvement with Rick and Morty season 6.
Where can I watch Rick and Morty season 6?
Rick and Morty season 6 will be available to watch on Adult Swim and through the streaming services HBO Max and Hulu in the US once it comes out. UK viewers will be able to enjoy the new season on Netflix once it drops.
If streaming isn’t for you, well, good news because it is likely that a physical release will drop shortly after the new season releases too. Despite season 5 only completing in September 2021, it is already out on Blu-ray and DVD.
If Rick and Morty season 6 follows a similar distribution plan, fans can likely get their hands on physical copies of the new instalment merely months after it hits digital platforms.
However, there has been no official announcement regarding the physical release of Rick and Morty season 6 yet. We’ll let you know as soon as new developments come to light.