The popular Adult Swim series is hoped to return within the next year, but could face major delays amid the coronavirus pandemic. During the wait for more Rick and Morty content, a new short has touched on the game-changing theory that the pair are actually one and the same.
Co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are currently hard at work producing the new season of Rick and Morty.
In the meantime, fans were treated to an exciting new anime short, Rick and Morty vs Genocider, written and directed by Japanese cartoonist Takashi Sano and produced by Deen Digital.
During the anime-styled spin-off, Rick seems to reveal to his grandson that they are actually one and the same when the mad scientist addresses him as ‘Rick Sanchez’.
The pair’s faces are overlapped in the next shot, before Rick turns into a superpowered version of himself and is killed by a fleet of clones.
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Genocider sees Morty travel to Tokyo to battle a parasitic alien race able to wipe out entire civilisations by altering memories.
Before dealing with an attack from the Council of Ricks, the inventor gives Morty a formula which will grant him ‘Rip Van Winkle’ powers.
Morty is thus able to sleep for an incredibly long time without dying, and apparently ages into his own grandfather.
In a time-bending twist, the current ‘Rick’ then receives a phone call from Jerry announcing Morty had just been born.
Although Roiland and Harmon have yet to comment whether the twist will stick when season five finally rolls out, some fans have spotted a few clues to suggest the new short is legit.
Justin Roiland voices both Rick and Morty in the series, but over in Japan Rick is portrayed by Youhei Tadano, while Keisuke Chiba subs in for Morty.
Viewers pointed out the same voice actors return for Genocider, indicating a strong connection to the main series.
Moreover, the appearances of Evil Morty and Rick name-dropping the alien parasites from season two all seem to suggest the Japanese short is actually part of the show’s canon.
Over on Reddit, one fan spotted a major clue way back in the first episode hinting the show has been building towards the Genocider twist all along.
They said: “I just rewatched the pilot and at 19 minutes and 14 seconds, Rick describes Morty by saying the following: ‘He’s like me, he’s going to be doing great science stuff later in his life.’”
The show’s writers are infamous for throwing out ideas if too many fans guess the show’s twists, so there’s still a possibility this popular fan theory never comes to fruition.
Rick and Morty Season 4 Part 1 is available to stream on Netflix.