After a season of mostly self-contained one-offs, Rick and Morty finally explored some of its messy continuity in episode eight - and it was one of the show's best episodes this year.
Titled 'Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort', the episode saw the return of recurring fan-favourite Birdperson, after Rick travelled into his mind along with a younger version of himself.
As well as the usual mind-bending Rick and Morty madness, the episode also saw some surprising character work for Rick as he grapples with a rare attempt at friendship - and also revealed a worrying fact about Beth...
This, of course, is all good setup for the final two episodes - which will be airing back-to-back as a two-part finale.
The hour-long instalment will be the first time Rick and Morty has attempted an extended two-parter, suggesting big things are to come from the finale - though it seems we'll be left in suspense as there will be a brief hiatus before episodes nine and ten.
So here's everything you need to know about *burp* season five, Morty, including the release schedule and how to watch the show in the UK.
How can I watch Rick and Morty season 5 in the UK?
Good news Rick and Morty fans, the duo returned to UK screens this summer back at their rightful home at E4. UK fans will be able to watch their antics a day after the US showing so there is no big gap between broadcasts.
The next episode of season five airs in the US on 5th September - and there's no need for a portal gun as UK fans can watch the episode on Monday, September 6th on E4.
The finale is an hour-long two-parter made up of the episodes 'Forgetting Sarick Mortshall' and 'Rickmurai Jack', with the two instalments expected to air back-to-back. Episodes will be available on-demand via All 4 after transmission.
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What time is Rick and Morty season 5 airing on E4 in the UK?
Rick and Morty season five episode nine and ten airs on Adult Swim in the United States on Sunday, September 5th at 11pm ET. As there's no gap E4 is expected to air the same two episodes at 10pm BST on Monday, September 6th.
Previous season 5 episodes aired weekly, and were traditionally broadcast on the same timeslot of Mondays at 10pm BST on E4.
Rick and Morty season 5, episode 9 release date
We now have all 10 episode titles and the UK airdates:
- Rick and Morty season 5 episode 1 'Mort Dinner Rick Andre' – Monday, June 21st
- Rick and Morty season 5 episode 2 'Mortyplicity' – Monday, June 28th
- Rick and Morty season 5 episode 3 'A Rickconvenient Mort' – Monday, July 5th
- Rick and Morty season 5 episode 4 'Rickdependence Spray' - Monday, July 12th
- Rick and Morty season 5 episode 5 'Amortycan Grickfitti' - Monday, July 19th
- Rick and Morty season 5 episode 6 'Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular' - Monday, July 26th
- Rick and Morty season 5 episode 7 'Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion' - Monday, August 2nd
- Rick and Morty season 5 episode 8 'Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort' - Monday, August 9th
- Rick and Morty season 5 episodes 9 and 10 'Forgetting Sarick Mortshall' and 'Rickmurai Jack' - Monday, September 6th
Episodes nine and ten are airing together as a two-part finale, despite the episodes confusingly having rather different names.
However there will be a bit of a wait for the grand finale - perhaps to build up anticipation, the final two episodes will be broadcast after the series has had nearly a month-long hiatus. We're expecting big things in that case...
Rick and Morty season 5 plot
The unpredictable and non-linear nature of Rick and Morty means that it's hard to predict what will happen next.
At the 2020 virtual Adult Swim festival the writers teased that there would be more continuity in season five - which we've already seen with Keith David's President popping up several times as Rick's recurring frenemy as well as an entire episode dedicated to the return of Birdperson.
With the season ending with a two-part finale for the first time, fan anticipation is high than an entire hour of Rick and Morty could finally address some of the show's long-standing questions regarding continuity and develop some of the dangling plot threads such as Evil Morty and Space Beth.
Other than the episode titles, the only information we have on the final two episodes is a brief teaser - which seems to hint that Morty will be replaced by two crows of all things. Could we be exploring who Rick would be without Morty?
We're still yet to find out what happened to Evil Morty and what he did to the Citadel under his leadership so hopefully he'll make an appearance this season too.
Rick and Morty season 5 cast
Justin Roiland will of course return to voice half the cast, including titular characters Rick and Morty, alongside Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) as Rick's long-suffering daughter Beth, with Chris Parnell as her passive husband Jerry.
Kelsey Grammer's daughter Spencer Grammer completes the family as Morty's sister Summer.
After season four's host of famous guest stars, including Paul Giamatti, Keegan-Michael Key, Matthew Broderick, Justin Theroux and even Elon Musk, season five is bound to feature a similarly star-studded cast - and RadioTimes.com exclusively revealed three big upcoming guest stars.
Former '90s child star Christina Ricci (Casper), Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood) and Alison Brie (GLOW) were announced to appear in undisclosed roles. This marks a Community reunion for Brie and Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon, following previous guest appearances by other stars of the college sitcom including Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs and Jim Rash.
It was later revealed that Brie would voice Captain Planet parody Planetina in episode three 'A Rickconvenient Mort', which would also feature Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie), Steve Buscemi (Fargo) and Fred Stoller (Everybody Loves Raymond). Ricci would then appear in the following episode 'Rickdependence Spray' as underground-dwelling horse-person Princess Ponietta, while Timothy Olyphant starred as marine-turned-turkey Coop in episode seven.
Keith David and his iconic voice have popped up in a few season five episodes already as The President, while legendary actress Susan Sarandon is also set to return as family therapist Dr Wong from the Pickle Rick episode.
Co-creator Dan Harmon has also joined Roiland in the voice booth as both Mr Nimbus and Birdperson, while Tom Kenny and Cassie Steele have returned as recurring characters Squanchy and Tammy respectively.
However, the long-rumoured Kanye West appearance will not be taking place in season five, despite his public appeal to be in the show and the creators even offering the rapper his own episode.
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Rick and Morty season 5 trailer
Adult Swim has released a few trailers for season five now, and they're as bonkers and brilliant as you'd expect. The latest seems to highlight the season's renewed focus on family - in Rick and Morty's unique way of course:
Will there be a Rick and Morty movie?
With network Adult Swim commissioning a whopping 70 episodes back in 2018, Rick and Morty fans have a lot of offbeat intergalactic adventures to look forward to.
However, it looks like the dysfunctional duo's most exciting trip yet could be to the big screen, with producer Scott Marder teasing that a film of the subversive series is quite likely.
"It’d be daunting, I wouldn’t be shocked if there was one that comes down the pipe one day," Marder told Metro."I feel like every episode is a movie. I’d like to see what a movie would be, I feel like we pack so much in."
"I think it will happen," Marder added. "I do think it will happen."
Summer actress Spencer Grammer also weighed in, noting that the subversive series was unlikely to go for a conventional theatrical release.
"It’d have to be something so big – like a 3D interactive movie that also has a theme park. I don’t know if you could just do a straight movie," Grammer said. ‘There are those 4D movie theatres in New York City."
How to watch Rick and Morty seasons 1-4
Seasons one to three of Rick and Morty are available to watch on Netflix, and also air in the evenings on E4. Season four aired exclusively on E4 at 10pm on Wednesdays with the new episodes then made available to stream on All4. It then joined the earlier episodes on Netflix, arriving on the streaming platform on Tuesday 16th June.
And if you want to get another fix of the time-travelling pair, a new short recently debuted - inspired by anime but otherwise very much showcasing the Rick and Morty than we've come to know over the last four seasons.