Will ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Address Whether Beth Is a Clone?

We’re well into Rick and Morty Season 4, but the fandom’s still buzzing with a million questions. The midseason premiere — titled “Promortyus” — made it clear the Adult Swim series will unveil storylines as they see fit. But does this mean the show won’t revisit unfinished arcs moving forward? Not necessarily. Recently, Sarah Chalke, the voice actor behind Beth, revealed Rick and Morty Season 4 will finally address whether her character is a clone. But it may not be as straightforward as some fans would like.

Why ‘Rick and Morty’ fans think Beth is a clone

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Rick and Morty fans have been wondering whether Beth is a clone since the theory was suggested in season 3. The ninth episode — titled “The ABCs of Beth” — had Rick offering his daughter the opportunity to create an exact replica of herself. The clone would have all of Beth’s memories and probably wouldn’t even realize she is a copy. However, the real Beth would be able to wander the infinite cosmos on her own. 

Nevertheless, the Rick and Morty Season 3 episode left fans uncertain whether or not Beth decided to clone herself. She supposedly returned to her family. But because Beth knew she could actually be a clone without realizing it, she frantically called Rick. He confirmed she was the real deal before sending his daughter into another spiral.

After reassuring Beth she wasn’t a clone, Rick wondered whether she was just pretending to be convinced because he would have to terminate her otherwise. Then when Beth hung up, her eyes widened and she screamed. And now, three episodes away from the Rick and Morty Season 4 finale, fans still don’t know whether or not Beth is a clone.

Sarah Chalke discusses the ‘Beth is a clone’ theory

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Prior to the Rick and Morty Season 4 premiere in November 2019, Variety released an interview with creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon as well as Chalke and Spencer Grammer, who voices Summer. The team teased what was coming in the fourth season, even giving a few possible clues about the season finale. 

Toward the end of the interview, Grammer seemingly revealed “some great character stuff” will happen to Beth in the Rick and Morty Season 4 finale on May 31. Harmon also randomly screamed, “Beth’s a clone.” However, their comments simply teased the anticipated storyline. But now, it seems the theory will be addressed in the second half of season 4. 

When speaking with Digital Spy in May 2020, Chalke shared the Beth-is-a-clone theory will be brought up in the second half of Rick and Morty  Season 4. “I think it’s dealt with in such an amazing way in season 4, and I’m so excited for you guys to see it,” she said.

Dan Harmon, Sarah Chalke, and Justin Roiland at the "Rick and Morty" L.A. Press Junket on July 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Dan Harmon, Sarah Chalke, and Justin Roiland | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TBS

Even so, it’s likely fans won’t be given a direct answer since Chalke still doesn’t know the truth about her character. “It’s so funny,” she said. “I don’t know the answer, and I don’t think I’ll ever know the answer. I don’t know if I’ll ever be told.”

But hopefully, Beth’s arc in the second half will be just as satisfying to watch as it was for Chalke to play. “It definitely adds a really interesting part for Beth, and for me to play as an actor,” she said. “It’s one of my favorite parts.”

Meanwhile, Grammer speculated the Clone Beth storyline could receive some closure because of the massive 70-episode renewal. But only time will tell at this point.

“I’m sure at some point there might be answer, but who knows,” Grammer said. “There’s a possible world where, of course, there’s a cloned Beth. But there’s also a reality where … perhaps the reality they live in, there isn’t, because Beth is the best Beth she could be. But honestly, I don’t know. You’ll have to wait and see.”

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