‘Rick and Morty’: Justin Roiland Says Season 5 Episode 2 Should’ve Been the Premiere

The moment Adult Swim dropped the Rick and Morty Season 5 premiere, many fans were dying to watch episode 2. So what’s next for the Sanchez/Smith family ? Recently, co-creator Justin Roiland hyped up the new episode, even saying that Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 2 should have been the season opener. Here’s what he said and what to expect from “Mortyplicity.”

‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Episode 2 release date and start time

Rick Sanchez walking through a field with his eyes closed in ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4
Rick Sanchez in ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 | Adult Swim/WarnerMedia

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According to Adult Swim, Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 2 will be released on Sunday, June 27, 2021. The new 30-minute episode will drop at 11 p.m. ET. 

Meanwhile, the network will air a repeat of “Mortyplicity” at 3 a.m. ET on Monday, June 28. Fans can also watch Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 2 on the Adult Swim website after it airs live. Then the third episode, titled “A Rickconvenient Mort,” will drop next week on July 4.

Justin Roiland teases ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Episode 2

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The Rick and Morty Season 5 premiere pleasantly surprised viewers with a classic new episode, titled “Mort Dinner Rick Andre.” Morty made a few unexpected enemies. Meanwhile, the writers finally got to introduce Rick’s nemesis, Mr. Nimbus (voiced by co-creator Dan Harmon).

“[Mr. Nimbus] was in another episode that died,” writer Jeff Loveness said on the “Inside the Episode” special. “But we all love Nimbus so much. We were just waiting for a chance to use him.”

Despite the buzz surrounding Mr. Nimbus in the Rick and Morty Season 5 premiere, it’s possible the second episode will blow “Mort Dinner Rick Andre” out of the water. When speaking with Collider, Roiland teased what’s coming up next. And apparently, the co-creator believes Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 2 would’ve been a strong season opener.

“Listen, I really wanted to swap two and one. Wait till you see Episode 2,” Roiland said. “I was like, ‘This should be the premiere. It’s f—ing insane.’ But it was too late to make that change.”

He continued, “I love both of those episodes, by the way. They’re so cool. I’m excited for people to see the rest of the season. Episode 2 is f—ing insane in the best way. It’s really a classic, over-the-top, Rick and Morty brain-melting episode. In a good way.”

What’s coming up next for Rick and Morty when ‘Mortyplicity’ airs on Adult Swim?

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It’s all going down in Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 2. So what’s actually going to happen? The description and promo trailer indicate the new June 27 episode will focus on the aftermath of Space Beth’s appearance in the season 4 finale.

“Who’s even real, broh? Are you real? Broh?” the synopsis says.

Then in the Rick and Morty preview, the Sanchez/Smith family is on the run. Rick reveals he made copies of everyone and scattered them throughout the country after the Clone Beth incident.

Meanwhile, Adult Swim released the cold open from Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 2. In the teaser, a fake version of Sanchez/Smith family is murdered by alien assailants. Then another Rick confirms he’s being hunted and someone just killed a decoy family. 

Honestly, we don’t know how the characters will get out of this mess in “Mortyplicity.” But however the storyline ends, we know it’s going to be worth tuning in. So get ready.

Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 2 airs Sunday, June 27, 2021.