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Rick and Morty season 5: release date, trailers, cast, and fan theories

Rick and Morty season 5
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Whisper it, but Rick and Morty season 5 is almost here. Long-suffering fans have had to put up with gaps of years between seasons and even months waiting for new episodes within the seasons themselves. Now, the path ahead is looking much clearer - meaning we'll be able to get more of Adult Swim's inimitable, insane comedy.

What's in store for us? If the new trailer is any indication, lots of parodies, crass humor, and Jerry being adorably pathetic. Just what we want to see.

Before we clap eyes on the dimension-hopping duo once more, though, it's worth getting everyone up to speed. That's why we've put together a guide on Rick and Morty season 5, from the release date, to the latest trailer, and even why the show's future is looking brighter than ever.

Rick and Morty season 5 release date: June 2021

Rick and Morty season 5 release date

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Rick and Morty season 5 is premiering on Adult Swim on Saturday, June 20 at 11pm Eastern. In the UK, the series will air once more on E4.

Comprising of 10 episodes, it's not yet known if the new season will air consecutively or, like season 4, be broken into two. More on that as we get it.

Rick and Morty season 5 trailer

Alongside the release date announcement is the first finished look at Rick and Morty season 5. The trailer, which you can watch above, presents a sizzle reel of what the Smiths will be getting up to this time around. As ever, it looks to be a grab bag of sci-fi and pop culture tropes mixed in with the show's inimitable brand of obnoxious humor. The Blade tease, the "strange horny ocean man" and Rick fighting himself all stand out as early highlights. There's also a separate teaser with a smattering of new footage. 

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Watch the first scene from Rick and Morty season 5 now

As early first looks go, they don't get much better than this. Footage from Rick and Morty season 5 has emerged, featuring shots at Marvel, DC, and even the introduction of Rick's new nemesis.

The Rick and Morty season 5 “First Look” begins with Morty carrying a badly wounded Rick to safety on his ship – but not before the mad scientist catches a glimpse of a parallel universe where he and his grandson are Blade-style vampire hunters. Later, Morty discovers that Jessica does, in fact, like him and invites him round for a date. One small problem: he’s hurtling towards the Earth and is mid-crash landing when Jessica calls.

While the pair survive the crash, it’s simply a case of going out of the frying pan or into the fire – or should that be ocean? That’s because Rick is confronted by his supposed nemesis, the Aquaman rip-off, Mr. Nimbus.

While it's as-yet-unfinished, it's clear that the trademark pop-culture riffing and irreverent humour still remains for season 5.

Rick and Morty season 5 cast: the same as it ever was

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As far as we know, the Rick and Morty season 5 cast will remain exactly the same as those that have come before it – at least in terms of the main players.

Justin Roiland is (obviously) back as both Rick and Morty. Sarah Chalke will continue voicing Beth and Clone Beth while, similarly, Chris Parnell (Jerry) and Spencer Grammer (Summer) are also returning for a fifth season. Aquaman rip-off Mr. Nimbus' voice actor is likely to be Roiland, though that hasn't been confirmed.

Expect to see some famous faces crop up, too. Season 4 saw the likes of Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi and Jurassic World: Dominion returnee Sam Neill drop on by for bit-part roles. No guest stars have been confirmed for season 5 as of writing though.

Rick and Morty season 5 plot: new episode script and the cast reveal what they want to happen next

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Rick and Morty season 4 ended with the reveal that Beth may not be who she thought she was. We think? It's confusing, but Rick and Morty's clone saga will definitely continue on in season 5 as confirmed by Harmon. He said at PaleyFest, "We're having fun looking at more options with space Beth." 

The recent season 5 trailer (and additional short teaser) has previewed various premises, including a Voltron-inspired set-piece, Rick turning into a giant hologram, and Jerry ticking off his milquetoast bucket list.

Alongside that, it's likely the commotion surrounding the return of Birdperson, now renamed Phoenixperson and lying dormant in Rick's garage, will also persist.

The first glimpse of anything to do with upcoming Rick and Morty season 5 episodes arrived in the form of a few obscured pictures on Twitter.

Posted by show writer Jeff Loveness (who’s now working on Ant-Man 3), the series of scripts showed that Loveness will be working on "501," potentially the season 5 premiere. Good luck trying to decipher the redacted portion, though. At least that's something to do in the meantime.

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Beyond that, there’s nothing official out there when it comes to the plot of the new season. The show’s meta-commentary on not wanting to return to old favourites, such as "Interdimensional Cable", could hint that we’re in for something entirely new, however.

Spencer Grammer, who plays Summer on the show, revealed to us in an interview she’s been pitching the creative team some ideas for future episodes: “When we had our season premiere party for the first cycle of season 4 I’m like ‘Can we have a Summer episode where she runs a cult? What about a Summer episode where she becomes Rick?’”

On what they want to see from their characters in future, Grammer and Parnell shared their hopes for Summer and Jerry respectively.

Grammer said, “I do always want to see Summer become more evil and sociopathic and more narcissistic for sure. I think that makes her really, really interesting. I also really like for Rick to give her more responsibility in the context of him being able to pull things over in the family.”

Parnell, meanwhile, wants Jerry to be, well, less Jerry: “There’s a lot of room to explore Jerry’s competence, because we haven’t seen a lot of that. So, I think it’d be fun to see Jerry really excelling and succeeding and doing well, even if it’s a particular dimension that’s obviously an abnormality compared to the one we live in. That’d be fun.”

Rick and Morty season 5 theories: will Evil Morty return?

Rick and Morty season 5 theories

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While Rick and Morty has mostly rejected a serialised format in favour of one-off episodes, one of our favourite Rick and Morty theories could have ramifications for season 5.

One Redditor posits an idea that could certainly rear its ugly, eyepatched head in future. Namely, the "Vat of Acid" episode isn’t our Morty from the C-137 dimension. No – the Morty that Rick taught a valuable lesson (resulting in the deaths of not only thousands of parallel universe Mortys but also his soulmate) might actually become the Evil Morty we love to hate. It’d certainly make for a compelling origin story, if nothing else, and would only add to the high-concept drama and obsession with sci-fi tropes such as the multiverse that the show loves to spoof.