It appeared probable that Rick and Morty's main Rick (from universe C-137) would unleash another fast one on the audience. Though things seemed to be falling at the end of season 5, with Evil Morty blowing up 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 wouldnt be the first time Rick managed to win. At the start of season 3, he destroyed the Galactic Federations whole system from inside their prison.
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 several Ricks, and generally getting messed up, Rick eventually crashed into a timeline where a Rick had abandoned his grown-up daughter and settled in.
If you believe this is the way Rick and Mortys Rick's backstory, or if he still had one last trick up his sleeve in the season 6 opener, Dan Harmon is here to remind us to do so.
Harmon tells Polygon that there is a lot more to the story. However, im quite comfortable saying that I like to be coy, and in situations when we are being ambiguous, we always say we were being ambiguous.
Harmon compares the season 3 films The Rickshank Rickdemption and The Shoneys Revelation, where Rick appeared to be trapped in a tragic memory to bait the Galactic Federation. It was shown as a hypothetical, but one that Harmon himself liked as a true background.
Harmon claims that at that early stage in the series, I wanted to keep Rick's backstory to myself. So having established at the top of season 6, what of that is correct? Or perhaps not! Im not sure how he showed Morty the truth, but we can't reconfirm that.
Justin Roiland, who co-created the show with Harmon and plays Rick, Morty, and a smattering of other people in it, believes the change will benefit the audience more than the characters themselves. Rick's actions resonate differently.
Now that they know the terrible shit that happened to him is real, how will that affect how the audience reacts to him? Does it make him more sympathetic? Maybe not. Because he will always be a fucking asshole.
He learned all this s*** [where] he put these walls up because he lost something so dear to him. [...] But it's still fucking dark to carry that. So it'll be interesting to see the fans' reactions more so than the character.
Harmon and Roiland say there's more breathing room for them to concentrate on securing the right balance of canonical storytelling and the weird, one-off adventures that the show is famous for. They're not planning to retire the rug from under us anytime soon.
Harmon concludes that there's certainly a lot more to the story than we could see unfolding. [But] it's just a confirmation that the Shoneys' identities were made.