It appeared that Rick and Morty's main Rick (from universe C-137) would unleash another fast one on the audience at the end of season 5. With Evil Morty destroying the multiverse as we knew it and leaving the titular Rick and Morty in limbo as they tried to escape a destructing Council of Ricks, it would not be the first time Rick managed to destroy the Galactic Federations whole system at the start of season 3.
Rick C-137's backstory was somewhat different from what we had seen up till now. After some time spent trying to track him down, killing several Ricks, and general getting messed up, he eventually crash-landed himself into a timeline where a Rick had abandoned his grown-up daughter and settled in.
If you are unsure whether or not this is the case with Rick and Mortys Rick, or if he had another trick up his sleeve in the season 6 opener, Dan Harmon is here to remind us to take a breather.
Harmon tells Polygon that the narrative is infinitely more complicated. However, im comfortable stating that I prefer not to be coy, and in situations where we are being ambiguous, we always state we were ambiguous.
Harmon compares season 3's The Rickshank Rickdemption and what he calls the Shoneys Revelation, where Rick appeared to be trapped in a terrible memory to bait the Galactic Federation poking around in his head. At the time, Harmon claims it was shown as a possible fabrication but one that he himself liked.
Harmon says he didn't want to impose it at that early stage in the programs' run. So having established at the top of season 6, what of that is correct? Or maybe not! I find that a little abusive to fans. He showed Morty the truth, that's what it was. And we cant retcon that.
Justin Roiland, who co-created the show with Harmon and plays Rick, Morty, and a smattering of other characters in it, believes the change will impact the audience more than the characters themselves. Ricks actions are different.
How will that change how the audience perceives him now that they know the horrible shit that happened to him is real? No, it does not make him more sympathetic. Because he's still going to be a fucking idiot.
He got all this shit [where] he put these walls up, because he lost something substantial to him. And then he realized it didnt matter. [...] But it's still fucking dark to carry that. So it'll be interesting to see the fans reaction more than the character.
Harmon and Roiland believe there's still more time for them to focus on securing the perfect balance of canonical storytelling and funny, one-off adventures that the show is known for. They're not intending to pull the rug out of under us anytime soon.
Harmon concludes that there is certainly a lot more to the story than we saw it all unfold. [But] it's basically a confirmation that the Shoneys were faked out, right?