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Rick And Morty Season 6 Release Date, Characters, And Plot - What We Know So Far

Season 5 of "Rick and Morty" is over, and we have no choice but to scream "Wubba lubba dub dub" until more episodes come out.

The most recent season had all of the wacky intergalactic adventures fans have come to expect out of the series. We finally got a chance to meet Rick's nemesis, Mr. Nimbus. The Smith family had the opportunity to operate a giant Voltron-like robot until greed and corruption got the better of them. And Morty learned a valuable lesson in how you should never use your parent's work equipment for self-gratification.

It was a season of change for the Smith family, and considering the cliffhanger ending of Season 5, things will only get crazier from here. It makes sense the show would push the boundaries of what's possible with an animated sitcom, especially after an unprecedented 70-episode order. They still have 50 episodes in that renewal to fill, so expect plenty more craziness to come. Here's what we know so far in the immediate future for "Rick and Morty" Season 6.

What's the release date for Rick and Morty Season 6?

There's no hard, firm release date for "Rick and Morty" Season 6, but that's not going to stop us and fans alike from speculating wildly. In the past, it would really be up in the air. Sometimes the show wouldn't air new episodes for years at a time. However, it seems like production has gotten steadier as of late, and there's even been confirmation from some of the cast members new "Rick and Morty" could arrive sooner rather than later. 

Spencer Grammer, who provides the voice of Summer, spoke in an interview in August 2021 about how the "Rick and Morty" writers were already hard at work on Season 6 and that they would likely start working on Season 7 in the near future. Now that the show doesn't have to wait for a renewal order, the team can get to work immediately on the next set of episodes. As such, it wouldn't be a surprise if we saw Season 6 come out at some point during the summer or fall of 2022.

Which characters can we expect to show up in Rick and Morty Season 6?

Contains spoilers for the ending of "Rick and Morty" Season 5

We can expect the usual suspects to appear in "Rick and Morty" Season 6. Expect Rick, Morty, Summer, Beth, and Jerry to return for more oddball shenanigans. There are other recurring characters that would make for intriguing inclusions given their arcs across Season 5.

The last time we saw Morty's crush Jessica was in the premiere episode of last season. She went from a standard love interest to a time god, and she may continue with that arc going into the future. She may no longer be content being the pretty girl at school now that she's seen centuries pass before her eyes. It's unclear if she gained any special abilities with her newfound status, but we'd anticipate the show to explore that conundrum at some point. 

Another major player of Season 5 we'd expect to return is Evil Morty. He hasn't been seen since Season 3, but he made a grand return in the Season 5 finale when he broke free of the central finite curve. It's a significant development and one the show likely isn't going to toss to the wayside. So one thing's clear: we haven't seen the last of Evil Morty.

What's the plot of Rick and Morty Season 6?

The last time we watch C-137 Rick and Morty, they're flying away from the Citadel, which has once again been destroyed. On top of that, Rick's all out of portal juice, so they can't merely teleport their way home. They're going to have to find a safe place to land the vessel, and even if they do make it back to Earth, there are now a ton of Mortys trapped within this dimension.

Another problem the titular duo face involves Rick creating more portal juice. With the Citadel gone, he may not have as easy of a time hopping across realities. Of course, maybe that's the plan. Perhaps the "Rick and Morty" writers want to challenge Rick, and it would also explain why his portal gun wasn't used as much in Season 5 compared to what we've seen in previous seasons. 

Then there's the Evil Morty of it all. He now exists in a multiverse where not every Rick is the most intelligent man who's ever lived. Will he be content going about a normal existence? Will he want to enact revenge on helpless Ricks who don't have access to a bunch of gadgets? The answers to these questions, plus more of the incest baby, are likely to pop up.