What You May Want to Know Before Beginning Season 4 of Rick and Morty

Many have patiently waited for season 4 of Rick and Morty. If you have not seen an episode of it, or do not know what it’s about but keep hearing buzz about the upcoming season, here’s what you need to know!

The show in latter seasons follows the Smith family which consists of: Rick Sanchez—an alcoholic genius scientist whose outlook on life is entirely bleak—his daughter Beth, her husband Jerry, and their two children Morty and Summer. It develops an interesting family dynamic, as Rick and Jerry share a mutual hatred, as Jerry knocked up Beth at a young age, and Rick goes out of his way to humiliate Jerry and patronize his marriage with Beth. Summer is a teenage girl who is commonly depicted as having body image and self-esteem problems—seemingly normal teen girl problems—but particularly blown out of proportion. Morty, who accompanies Rick on many of their adventures, which are mostly done for Rick’s benefit, is an awkward prepubescent boy who is often made fun of by Rick as being incredibly stupid; and on a nonimportant note: has an odd obsession with redheads.

Rick and Morty is categorized as an adult cartoon, much like Family Guy, American Dad, or Futurama, because of its crude and dark humor, the offensive nature of its jokes, and the involvement of many R-rated issues like alcoholism, sex, death and so on.

Many plots transcend entire episodes and seasons, which makes season 4 highly anticipated, as there are many plot developments that have no ending yet. So, here are the biggest plots you may want to know about if you are thinking of skipping ahead!

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Season 1 Episode 10 – “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind”

In this episode, Rick C-137 (the Rick the show actually follows) is accused of going rogue and killing other Ricks. He is captured and found guilty by the Council of the Citadel of Ricks—and government oasis where Ricks from other realities go to hide from the Galactic Confederacy. Him and Morty escape in search of the actual Rick-murdering Rick, which they successfully do so. However, at the end of the episode, it is revealed to us that this very Rick was being controlled by a being unknown to the readers until Season 3 Episode 7 – “The Ricklantis Mixup” which we will talk about next…

Season 3 Episode 7 – “The Ricklantis Mixup”

In this episode, we follow four Mortys of different realities who are seen as misfits in their school for obtaining new Ricks. They hope for brighter futures in which Mortys are seen as equals to Ricks. However, at the citadel, we see many Ricks performing jobs well below what can be afforded to them because of their intelligence, just as we also see Mortys living on the streets engaging in criminal activities. There is an election being held for the new president of the Citadel where there are five candidates—four Ricks and one Morty. The Morty candidate—whose campaign manager is also a Morty—is seen as a joke by many until he gives a heart-felt speech about how he envisions a world where Mortys are equal to Ricks. This Morty winds up winning the election just after he fires his campaign manager Morty for doubting him. While alone at a bar, ex-campaign manager Morty is handed an envelope by a detective Rick, and when he opens it, decides to assassinate new President Morty, which he fails to do. When arrested for this, he tries to tell the guards what was in the envelope which remains a mystery from viewers, but is quickly shuttled bare into space along with what was in the envelope. However, if viewers watch the ending carefully, and freeze the screen at the right moment, they are able to see that this Morty was the very Morty that was controlling the terrorist Rick from the episode aforementioned. Will there be an episode, or a revision of this plot development in season 4? I guess we will have to wait and see!

These two episodes go hand-in-hand when it comes to specific plot developments of the show. However, through various seasons, the family dynamic is ever-changing. Beth and Jerry are constantly fighting and at one point separate. Beth’s abandonment issues—which are rooted to Rick as her father—push her to allow Rick to put strain on their family by walking all over them and constantly manipulating them. Rick’s endgame seems to ultimately be breaking up Beth and Jerry and gain control over the entire family. So, I guess we will have to see if he is successful in doing so in season 4! There are many highly anticipated aspects of this upcoming season many are excited to witness.

In more specific news, the official trailer is out for season 4, and episodes are revealed to start airing on Nov. 10, so mark your calendars!

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