Rick and Morty Co-Creator Unpacks Making Rick’s Fake-Out Origin a Reality
Rick and Morty has revealed the final missing pieces of Rick’s tragic origin story with Season 6 of the series, and one of the creators behind the series has unpacked making Rick’s original fake-out version of his origin his actual backstory later in the series! Rick’s origin story first came into play during Season 3’s debut episode, “The Rickshank Reclamation,” yet Rick had played it off as a joke he made up to lose the Galactic Federation. This was then confirmed to be his actual past at the finish of Season 5 where it was revealed it was anything but a joke at all.
Rick and Morty Season 6 added the final missing pieces of Rick’s story as it changed his relationship with Morty always, and series co-creator Dan Harmon focused on making that original fake-out story the real version of his origin. Speaking to Polygon about Rick’s origin completely investigated in Season 6’s debut, Harmon explained that he was happy to see the origin played off as fake previously, but since he had loved it, he also didn’t want to insert an origin consequently so early on into the series. In any case, notably, confirmed that this is without a doubt Rick’s origin.
“I was happy [making it appear fake] because I personally felt that that was Rick’s backstory and I enjoyed it. In any case, I would have rather not imposed it, at that early stage in the show’s run,” Harmon stated to Polygon. “So having established at the highest point of season 6 what [if] that is accurate? I could never say to an audience, Or maybe not! I see that as somewhat abusive to fans. I’m quite comfortable saying that’s reality. That’s the way things were framed in the show; he showed Morty the fact of the matter, that’s what it was. And we can’t retcon that.”
While Harmon jokes about potentially teasing fans about another potential swerve after all these reveals, it does feel far better to see that it’s really confirmed as reality pushing ahead. As Rick presently has to deal with Rick Prime, and Morty completely absorbs having a deep understanding of Rick’s actual origin, there’s a much really interesting path for the series heading into the rest of Season 6 and then some.