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Rick and Morty season 6: Release date rumours, cast and news

Wubbalubbadubdub! Here's all the latest on more high-concept hilarity with Rick and Morty's sixth season.

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Published: Wednesday, 9th March 2022 at 11:26 am

Rick and Morty follows the mind-bending misadventures of alcoholic scientist Rick Sanchez and his nephew Morty Smith, which often takes place in different dimensions featuring alternate versions of the characters.

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While fans patiently await season 6, they can also celebrate the news that Rick and Morty has several seasons to come after that, with Adult Swim ordering 70 (!) more episodes back in 2018, which the show is still slowly ploughing through.

This order easily goes beyond a season 6, ensuring another instalment of inter-dimensional antics, schwifty dance moves and the odd emotional gut punch.

Speaking of which, season 5's dramatic two-part finale, Forgetting Sarick Mortshall and Rickmurai Jack, left fans reeling after it featured the break-up of Rick and Morty, followed by the return of Evil Morty who went on to burst Rick's protective bubble, both metaphorically and literally. Though Rick and Morty's dynamic may not always be healthy, the pair need each other.

Rick and Morty has also poked fun at its return with a new post on its official Instagram account, which features a clip of a scene from season 5's premiere in which Morty is crashing down to Earth following another disastrous adventure. It confirms the question "is season 6 ever coming out?" with a simple "yeah" in the caption, but cheekily declines sharing an official air date.

So grab your Plumbus and portal gun – here's everything you need to know about Rick and Morty season 6.

Rick and Morty season 6 release date rumours

An optimistic release date for Rick and Morty season 6 is summer 2022.

Much to the chagrin of fans, Rick and Morty has had a famously erratic release schedule, with a two-year gap both before and after the long-awaited third season.

However, following creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland inking that historic 70-episode deal with Adult Swim, Roiland promised no more big gaps between seasons now they can schedule their time around the show.

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Indeed, season 5 arrived around a year after the fourth instalment, and in July 2020 Harmon confirmed that writing had already begun on season 6 – and by August 2021 writer Cody Ziglar hinted in a tweet that the writers' room had wrapped on season seven.

With the scripts written and the show now producing episodes on a rolling basis, Rick and Morty may move to a more regular annual schedule, which would place the season 6 premiere around summer 2022.

However, this is Rick and Morty after all, so don't rule out a more experimental release strategy – the season 3 premiere famously aired on April Fool's Day with no warning, while Roiland has previously expressed a desire to release episodes on a monthly basis to reduce gaps between seasons.

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How many episodes in Rick and Morty season 6?

Given that both seasons 4 and 5 were made up of 10 episodes, we assume that season 6 will also adopt a nice even episode count of 10 adventures. They may well air in two parts like season 4, which was split into two blocks of five episodes.

This would line up nicely with the show's 70-episode order, with 10 episodes a season bringing us all the way up to season 10.

However, Harmon has previously expressed a desire for seasons to be made up of more than 10 episodes, so it remains to be seen if the seventh instalment will increase the episode count for the first time since season 1's 11 episodes.

Rick and Morty season 6 cast

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One thing we can pretty much confirm is the cast, as co-creator Justin Roiland helpfully voices half the characters – including titular duo Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith.

We fully expect the fellow main voice cast of the Smith family to return, including Chris Parnell as Morty's dad Jerry, Spencer Grammer as sister Summer and Sarah Chalke as mum Beth, and possibly her clone counterpart Space Beth also.

Rick and Morty has more than its fair share of memorable recurring characters too, so a reappearance is likely for Kari Wahlgren as Jessica, Keith David as the President of the United States and Harmon as Birdperson.

As usual, season 6 will likely feature another batch of impressive celebrity guest stars – expect news on that front nearer the release date.

Rick and Morty season 6 trailer

Don't expect a trailer for season 6 until later in 2022, as we rarely see finished footage until a few months before the show's release date.

We saw an early animatic for the season 5 premiere a good year before the episode debuted – but we hope that it won't be that long between the trailer and season releases this time. The Adult Swim Festival is our best bet for our first look at season 6, which in previous years has taken place during November.

Rick and Morty season 6 spoilers

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We're quite far out from hearing any concrete story details or spoilers about season 6, and the show's adventure-of-the-week episodic nature makes it difficult to predict.

However, despite the show's somewhat loose regard for continuity, there are a few dangling plot threads the show seems intent on following up, the Birdperson storyline that has been ongoing since season one in particular. Birdperson last appeared in season 5 when Rick resurrected him and revealed he had a secret daughter, who will presumably reappear later in the series.

In season 5's two-part finale, fans were reintroduced to Evil Morty, who had been absent from the show since season 3. After breaching the Central Finite Curve, Morty was able to travel to other parts of multiverse where Rick was no longer in control.

The finale concluded with Evil Morty unveiling a new world before jumping into a yellow portal, believed to signify his emancipation from Rick - leaving fans pondering whether we'll ever see him again. Fans can also look forward to more universes to be explored in season 6.

Meanwhile, superhero team parody The Vindicators are also receiving a spin-off, which could potentially lead to a crossover in season 6 or beyond.

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