‘Rick and Morty’: This Evil Morty Origin Theory Will Make the Season 4 Midseason Hiatus Feel More Bearable

Sorry, new episodes of Rick and Morty Season 4 won’t be on for the next couple of weeks. Following “Rattlestar Ricklactica” on Dec. 15, the Adult Swim series went on its midseason hiatus. And of course, this means everyone can enjoy the holiday season until the show comes back — or spend hours re-watching every episode. Take your pick. We won’t judge. Regardless, the break allows viewers to speculate what’s to come in the second half. And recently, one Rick and Morty fan came up with a theory about Evil Morty’s origin story that will tie you over until the series returns.

‘Rick and Morty’ fans theorize Evil Morty is a robot

On Reddit, a Rick and Morty fan offered an Evil Morty origin theory, detailing his motivation and what he hopes to accomplish. But ultimately, the concept is simple — Evil Morty is a robot created by Rick.

“As Rick has time travelling gear(on his shelf), during the time when we [weren’t] around anyone of his family, he probably went to the future and found out about Morty’s which are Rick’s partners in every dimension in the future,” the fan wrote. “But he saw that the Morty’s were emotional and sometimes retaliated. They also were scared of adventures sometimes. But to solve this, our Rick C-137 made a robot Morty.”

The fan continued: “Eventually robot Morty started developing his own [consciousness] and running around with Rick, who is a bit sinister, became corrupted. Rick then probably tried to get rid of him but he survived and is back for revenge.”

The Redditor then explained how an Evil Robot Morty could tie into the overarching Rick and Morty story.

“Evil Morty being a robot would explain the wires that were coming out of his eyes during the end of the episode in S1 where he first appeared,” the fan wrote. “Also, as all Morty’s are stupid and terrified, this Morty is too calm and sinister.”

The user also solved a potential gap in their theory, suggesting that Evil Morty was made to appear human.

“The blood that came out of evil Morty when he was shot must have been because he also has an endoskeleton type structure as in Terminator(T-100) to make him look more like a ‘Morty,’ made of blood and flesh,” the fan wrote.

The ‘Rick and Morty’ creators discuss the return of Evil Morty

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland 2015 Adult Swim Upfront Party
Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tuner

For now, the origins of Evil Morty remain a mystery. But it’s clear fans are always waiting for the character’s next cameo. Following the first season finale, creator Justin Roiland shared how the Rick and Morty team would want to bring back Evil Morty after his appearance in “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind.”

“I think we’ve left a lot of sweater threads … that we’re going to come back to. We’re in no rush,” Roiland told CBR. “There’s an infinite amount of locations, characters, and stories to tell. So we’ll be good to go for a while. And I think when we want to come back to something really cool like Evil Morty, I want to make sure what’s his motivation, what’s his backstory, what’s going on. It has to be inspired and it can’t be forced, it can’t be joyless.”

Then the animated series did bring Evil Morty back in a season three episode, titled “The Ricklantis Mixup.” The writers featured the character as a major villain. However, he hasn’t been mentioned since. And in an interview with The Wrap, creator Dan Harmon delved into why they try to avoid revealing too much when it comes to Evil Morty.

“There was a decision at one point that was, like, ‘This guy could just be a guy who ends the story this way. Or we could connect these dots and continue forward,'” Harmon said. “That’s the tough thing with Evil Morty — what do I say that’s not either spoiling something or, even worse, revealing that we don’t think about it enough.”

Nevertheless, it’s possible Evil Morty will return in Rick and Morty Season 4. Prior to the premiere, the show’s social media accounts posted an image featuring Evil Morty amongst a group of normal Mortys.

“Black and white and dread all over,” the caption read. So stay tuned. Rick and Morty Season 4 Episode 6 returns in 2020.

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