‘Rick and Morty’: Is Beth a Clone? The Show’s Cast and Creators Tease Season 4 ‘Spoilers’
After over two years of waiting, Rick and Morty returns to Adult Swim for its fourth season on Sunday, Nov. 10. Ever since its premiere in 2013, the animated comedy has captivated fans with its hilarious dialogue and wild adventures. But there are also a few moments that will haunt Rick and Morty fans forever, including whether or not Beth is a clone. Now, as the season 4 release date arrives, everyone is wondering if the question will ever be answered. And it seems like creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland finally returned the call — or mercilessly teased fans with an unconfirmed spoiler. Your pick.
[Spoilers for Rick and Morty Seasons 3-5 ahead!]
Why do fans think Beth is a clone in ‘Rick and Morty’?
For those of you who may not remember “The ABCs of Beth” in Rick and Morty Season 3, Rick offers to create an exact copy of Beth, memories and all. Ultimately, the clone would give Beth the freedom to go off on her own adventures to “wander the infinite cosmos.” Meanwhile, the Beth clone would stay at home and live out her everyday, mundane life with her family.
By the end of the episode, fans aren’t 100 percent on Beth’s decision. The Smith matriarch seemingly returns to her family with open arms. However, she frantically calls Rick at the end of the episode and asks if she is the clone. Rick says she is the real deal.
However, Beth then wonders if Rick would tell her if she were the Beth copy. And Rick doesn’t exactly say no. He says she is “very much” his daughter. But once Beth is reassured, Rick asks if Beth is only pretending to be convinced, because if she became self-aware, he would have to terminate her. Yikes.
Is Beth a clone on ‘Rick and Morty’?
Regardless, the Adult Swim series continued on and fans formulated their own theories. But now, as the Rick and Morty Season 4 premiere approaches, the topic has been brought up once again by the show’s cast and crew.
When speaking with Variety, Harmon and Roiland were joined by Spencer Grammer — the voice of Summer — and Sarah Chalke — the voice of Beth — to tease what’s to come in the fourth season. And more specifically, the final episode of the season.
“The season finale of season 4 is really good,” Roiland said. “We get canonical, we get serialized.”
Meanwhile, Grammer hinted something big coming for Beth in the Rick and Morty Season 4 finale. “Yeah, she had some great character stuff,” Gammer said, slapping Chalke’s leg.
“Hey, easy there. You’ve said too much,” Roiland warned.
And just when you would’ve thought they were done, Harmon stepped in. “Beth’s a clone,” the Rick and Morty creator said. But was Harmon just trolling? The world may never know.
Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Spencer Grammer, and Sarah Chalke tease ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4
Regardless of what happens to Beth in Rick and Morty, the fourth season appears to be shaping up quite nicely. Still speaking with Variety, the show’s cast and creators confirmed “more Poopy Butthole” and a “homage” to the film Alien. They also delved into Glootie, who was introduced at Rick and Morty‘s Comic-Con panel in July.
According to Harmon, Glootie was born when the network “needed the name of a character” for Comic-Con. However, Glootie may be more significant than he seems.
“Jerry, against Rick’s direction, decides to develop an app with Glootie and all hell breaks loose in that episode,” Roiland said. “Glootie is a really important character. He’s Rick’s intern who really wants to develop an app.”
Harmon added, “Glootie comes from a species of alien that are like a post-app species. They’ve mastered the art of the app and they use it to enslave…”
Roiland then cut Harmon off, noting his co-creator was revealing too much. However, Roiland also hinted that Glootie will be exploited by Rick — just like a real intern.
“You can sort of tell that Rick is sort of leveraging this little character,” Roiland said. “He knows the bigger game, you know, ‘as long as I don’t develop his app, I get a guy to make copies for me and cooks me food and bring me my syrup.'”
The cast and creators hint at ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5
In May 2018, Rick and Morty was renewed for 70 more episodes. Of course, this gives the creators plenty of room to plan ahead.
“I think it’s liberating because we have so many ideas and they kind of bleed across seasons,” Roiland told Entertainment Tonight Canada.
And it definitely seems like there are solid plans for Rick and Morty Season 5 set in place already. In the interview with Variety, Harmon spoiled the upcoming season will incorporate Star Trek in some way. Meanwhile, Grammer and Roiland hinted at a “tag” in season 4 that will lead up to something big in season 5.
“I’m obsessed with this tag. I literally cannot stop thinking about this tag that you guys don’t know about,” Grammer said. “It’s maybe my most favorite speech. It’s so good. Because then the response… it’s just so good.”
“We have a tag in season 4 that’s gonna tease some sh*t up in season 5,” Roiland added.
Although all of the spoilers in regards to the fifth season are exciting, we still have to get through Rick and Morty Season 4. But quite frankly, that won’t be a problem. Just remember to buckle up for the ride.
“I will say this,” Roiland said. “Season 4 of Rick and Morty is the only season that features non-stop, rollercoaster thrills.”
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