It appeared as if Rick and Morty's main Rick (from universe C-137) would pull another fast one on the audience at the end of season 5, leaving the titular Rick and Morty in limbo as they attempted to escape a destructing Council of Ricks, but this would not be the first time Rick managed to destroy the Galactic Federations' whole system. At the beginning of season 3, he destroyed the Galactic Federations' entire system.
Rick C-137's backstory was much darker than we've ever seen up until now. After some time spent trying to track him down, killing various Ricks, and generally getting messed up, he eventually crashed 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 backstory on Rick and Mortys Rick, or if he still had a few tricks up his sleeves in the season 6 opener, Dan Harmon is here to remind us to keep your fuck to a minimum.
Harmon tells Polygon that she has so much more to offer. However, im very comfortable saying I dont like to be coy, and in situations where we are being ambiguous, we always say we were being ambiguous.
Harmon cites season 3's The Rickshank Rickdemption and what he calls the Shoneys Revelation, when Rick appeared to be trapped in a terrible memory to bait the Galactic Federation poking around in his head. At the time, Harmon says it was shown as a potential fabrication, but one that Harmon himself liked as an actual backstory.
Harmon notes that at that early stage in the series, I wanted to ensure that Rick's backstory was accurate. Or maybe not! He showed Morty the truth, thats what it was! We cant retcon that.
Justin Roiland, who co-created the show with Harmon and voices Rick, Morty, and a smattering of other actors in it, believes the shift will benefit the audience more than the characters themselves. Ricks actions, however, are different.
Like, how will it change how the audience thinks of him now that they know the horrible mistake that occurred to him is true? Absolutely not. Because he'll always be a fucking idiot.
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 say there's more time for them to concentrate on achieving the perfect balance of canonical storytelling and bizarre, one-off adventures that the show is known for. They're not planning on pulling the rug out of under us anytime soon.
Harmon concludes that there's certainly a lot more to the story than we've seen previously. [But] it's basically a confirmation that the Shoneys aren't really out.