Sometimes, it seems like Rick and Morty fans are even more deranged than Rick himself. Following the outrageous response we saw during that entire Szechuan Sauce debacle, it should come as little surprise then that the entire multiverse was again sent into a tailspin of rage and nihilistic despair after news emerged that Season 4 hadn’t been renewed. However, Dan Harmon’s announcement doesn’t mean that the show has been cancelled by any means and it’s far more likely that he and the other creators are simply taking some time out between seasons.
Rick and Morty is more schwifty than ever before, so it would be foolish for Adult Swim to end the show at the peak of its popularity – particularly as there are a number of plot threads that still haven’t been resolved. While little makes sense in the world of Rick and Morty, not even the Council of Ricks would allow such a travesty to occur, so join us as we count down five of the Squanchiest storylines that we need to see resolved in Season 4 of Rick and Morty.
Will Rick Ever Find That McNugget Sauce?
It’s hard to fathom the impact of Szechuan Sauce over the past 12 months. Originally used to promote the Disney film, Mulan, this seemingly harmless promotional tie-in caused chaos in McDonald’s restaurants nationwide last year when supply couldn’t match the overwhelming demand. However, amongst all of this turmoil, it’s easy to forget that Szechuan Sauce actually plays a huge role in the world of Ricky and Morty as well as our own.
Back when Adult Swim dropped the Season 3 premiere of Rick and Morty as a surprise on April Fool’s Day, Rick kept talking about his love for this special brand of McNugget sauce during his time spent trapped in a simulation. Upon escaping, it turned out that Rick’s passion for Mulan-inspired dipping sauces is far more important than even Morty could have ever realized.
At the end of “The Rickshank Rickdemption,” Rick reveals to his grandson that he couldn’t care less about the family, and instead prioritizes Szechuan Sauce above all else. Reminding us once again that he’s fully aware of the fourth wall and his life as a fictional character, Rick explains to Morty that he’ll continue searching for that McNugget sauce, even “if it takes nine seasons!” While we sure do hope that Rick and Morty will stay on the air for another nine seasons or more, we’d like to see Rick finally start the hunt for some Szechuan Sauce in Season 4, unless of course the entire episode was one long April Fool’s day prank and never existed at all…
Will We Ever Find Out If Beth Is A Clone?
It’s well established in the lore of Rick and Morty that Beth’s father was never there for her when she needed him most, but Rick tries his best to rectify this towards the end of Season 3 when he offers Beth a deal that’s hard to refuse. Realizing that they’re basically the same, Rick tells Beth that he could clone her to stay behind and take care of the children while she disappears to explore the cosmos for as long as she wants, finally freed of her mundane life.
With there being apparently “zero chance” of the clone “going Blade Runner,” this proposition clearly tempted Beth, but viewers were kept in the dark regarding her final decision. Did she accept Rick’s offer and leave behind a cloned version of herself, or did Beth choose her family over adventure? Fans still don’t know the answer and neither does Beth, as she begins to obsess over the repercussions of this deal in the Season 3 finale.
There are plenty of arguments for and against the idea that the Beth we were left with isn’t the same one that we started out with at the beginning of Season 3, but it’s worth bearing in mind that this wouldn’t be the first time a clone of Beth has appeared on the show.
At the beginning of the Season 1 episode “Meeseeks and Destroy,” Rick and Morty briefly face evil clones of their family from “an alternate reality possessed by demonic alien spirits from another dimension’s future.” While our version of Beth isn’t evil per se (although the residents of Froopyland would beg to differ), the question of her identity is still up in the air, so we’d be both surprised and disappointed if this plot point is suddenly glossed over in Season 4. Imagine how squanchy it would be if we ended up meeting an entire Council of Beths one day!?
Will Evil Morty Ever Defeat Our Rick?
Ever since the show first revealed that Eyepatch Morty was responsible for the numerous Rick assassinations in Episode 10 of Season 1, this evil version of our hapless hero has captured the imagination of fans who believe that he may be the show’s ultimate villain. Upon his return in the Season 3 episode “The Ricklantis Mixup,” Evil Morty made his aspirations clear, taking over The Citadel of Ricks and killing everyone who stood in his way.
The origins of Evil Morty are not yet clear, but one of the prevailing theories is that he was actually our Rick’s original Morty in another dimension. The theory is more confusing and depressing than the life of Mr Meeseeks, but it essentially suggests that Evil Morty was once raised by our Rick until he was abandoned for reasons we don’t yet know. Evidence for this comes from two pictures that show Rick taking care of a baby Morty, even though the show’s mythology has always stated that Rick left the family for over twenty years and therefore met his grandson once he’d grown up to become the teenager we know today.
Whether this is true or not, Evil Morty ranks high alongside the likes of Pickle Rick and Mr. Poopy Butthole in the realm of fandom and will surely play a vital role in the future of the show. After all, our Rick hasn’t even encountered Evil Morty since the Season 1 episode “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind.” Rick and Morty rarely follows convention, but fan expectation is just too high for the creators to avoid pitting Evil Morty against our heroes in Season 4. As fans of the show will undoubtedly remember: “A cocky Morty can lead to some real problems. It can be a real bad thing for everybody,” and now it’s time to see this pay off.
Will Rick Ever Cure The Cronenbergs?
The first few episodes of Rick and Morty quickly established the schwifty tone of the show, but things took a surprisingly squanchy turn in Episode 6 when Rick accidentally mutated the entire planet into monsters that the Wubba Lubba Dub Dubbed the “Cronenbergs.” Affectionately named after body horror pioneer David Cronenberg, these horrifying creatures quickly overran the earth, forcing Rick and Morty to find a new dimension to inhabit while abandoning their original family in the process.
At the end of “Rick Potion #9,” Rick seemed to give up on ever finding a cure for the Cronenbergs, but near the end of Season 2 episode “Auto Erotic Assimilation,” Rick destroys a frozen alien that appears to be one of these creatures, which makes it seem like he’s been working on a cure since the events of Season 1. While this episode hinted yet again that Rick no longer feels like he can fix the problem, the original family popped up once again in the Season 3 episode “The Rickshank Rickdemption,” suggesting that this Mad Max version of Beth, Jerry, and Summer are now a fixture in the world of Rick and Morty.
It would be fascinating to pit “action hero” Jerry against his weasley counterpart and Rick’s clearly holding back some guilt over the entire ordeal, so don’t be surprised if Rick returns to the Cronenberg world at some point in Season 4. Somewhere in the entire multiverse, there must be an alternate version of Rick who could help our “hero” cure the hapless creatures or at the very least put them out of their misery.
Will We Ever Learn What The Secret Storyline Could Be?
After Season 1 of Rick and Morty first aired, creator, Dan Harmon, revealed to The A.V. Club that he and writer Mike McMahan originally planned to include a secret in the lore of the show that they would never reveal to the audience. However, the bubble was burst when one unnamed Redditor theorized exactly what the secret could be, so the creators then decided to let it go.
Theories surrounding the nature of this plot ranged from absurd to surprisingly believable, suggesting that Rick may be an older version of Morty or that he may only be intelligent because he’s always drinking extract from the mega seeds we first saw in the pilot episode. Whatever the truth may be, plenty of fans will be annoyed if the secret is revealed, but given how long it takes for each season to be made, there’s always a chance that Season 4 might turn out to be the last. If that’s the case, then we’d rather find out what Harmon and his team originally planned and see it pay off by the end of Season 4 then never know at all.
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