Rick & Morty Season 6 Can Finally Redeem Rick

Rick & Morty’s titular antihero Rick seems irredeemable, but the season 5 finale and his recent character growth means season 6 could change him.

After 5 seasons of the Adult Swim hit’s antihero seeming to be completely irredeemable, Rick & Morty season 6 can now prove that Rick is a decent person after all and provide the character with a compelling arc in the process since the season 5 finale explained his tragic backstory. Until near the close of Rick & Morty season 4, the popular animated sitcom followed a fairly reliable formula when it came to one of its eponymous stars. In seasons 2 and 3 (and early season 4) alike, Rick got standalone episodes dedicated to him that expanded on the character’s mysterious backstory and offered some evidence that he was a good person underneath all his amoral actions.

After these episodes, it was back to business as usual for Rick & Morty. For the anarchic show, ‘business as usual’ meant Rick massacring an entire planet in Rick & Morty’s most underrated episode ‘Promortyus’ (season 4, episode 7), killing countless characters for the sake of short term gains in almost every episode and generally disregarding the needs and emotions of everyone other than himself. Rick & Morty’s season 4 finale saw Beth turn her back on her father in what looked like the first moment of real resistance to his amoral behavior, and this soon signaled a sea change in the show’s attitude toward the character.

Throughout Rick & Morty season 5, Rick was rendered more sympathetic not by directly revealing the source of his misanthropy, but because the character was clearly working toward being a better family member, support, and friend. The source of the character’s angst (which a lot of canny, eagle-eyed viewers managed to work out years earlier) was not as important as Rick’s season 5 commitment to improving himself. One season 5 outing even finally made Jerry and Rick friends, something that would have been unthinkable only two seasons earlier. In the process, Rick & Morty proved that the series didn’t need to reveal Rick’s backstory to put the character on the road to redemption. Then, Rick & Morty did reveal the devastating backstory in the season 5 finale, and it was every bit as tragic as fans suspected. Now, after years of accepting (and reveling in) his dark side, season 5 of Rick & Morty has proven that Rick & Morty season 6 will be able to redeem its titular antihero.

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Rick & Morty’s titular antihero Rick seems irredeemable, but the season 5 finale and his recent character growth means season 6 could change him. After 5 seasons of the Adult Swim hit’s antihero seeming to be completely irredeemable, Rick & Morty season 6 can now prove that Rick is a decent person after all and…

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