Rick and Morty Season 4 Finale Preview: Pickles Won't Help This Time

Adult Swim's Rick and Morty is coming to the end of its fourth season, and let's just say we"re a little curious. From the promo released earlier this week, we know that Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's animated series has been name-dropping Dr. Wong (Susan Sarandon) so we should expect an appearance. Or should we? Because in the following sneak preview for "Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri", we're treated to a scene that's a more fleshed-out version of the promo we saw earlier this week but still leaves our questions unanswered.

A look at the season 4 finale of Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.
A look at the season 4 finale of Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.

So will it turn out that Beth's been a clone since last season? Is there a reason for Summer's growing animosity? Will Dr. Wong advise Jerry to run for the hills? Will we end up not even seeing Dr. Wong because one of about a billion random things happen to throw their plans off-course? We'll find out on Sunday but until then? Let's take a look at what feels like the opener for the episode. Expanding on the original promo's scene, the preview below had two big takeaways for us. First, we now have a desperate need to see Jerry's therapy puppets; followed up by the disturbing level of gleeful disbelief that was in Jerry's voice when he thought Rick had actually disintegrated:

With the last episode for this season right around the corner, our thoughts have already started turning toward the fifth season. Will ten-episode, split seasons be the norm? Should we pencil in November 2020 and May 2021 for our next five-episode rounds? While he had had promising news about the fifth season to share, it looks like series co-creator Justin Roiland is as much in the dark over how the next season will go release-wise just like the rest of us: "I think it's largely dependent on how quick the episodes can get produced. I know season five is mostly in the can. They're still gonna be reworking when the animatics come back, so that can extend the process. I believe if they have the full ten episodes, they'll release them without a split, but I honestly have no idea. That's kind of a question that's outside of my jurisdiction. They do what they think is best for the show."

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A look at the season 4 finale of Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.

Roiland isn't just a fan of having a split in the schedule like we saw this season, but he loves the idea of playing around with release schedules and other new ways of getting episodes out to the fans. Even monthly: "I've been saying we should drop an episode each month, just make it a big event. I like the idea of thinking outside the box with how any show is delivered to the masses. If you do one a month, the show is alive the whole year and you're still buying us all the time we need to make them as good as they need to be. I'm not saying that's ever gonna happen, but I have brought that up in the past. That just goes to the point that I have no idea what the plan is for season five. I'm sure whatever it is will be the right decision."

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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