‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5: Why Planetina’s Original Ending Changed

Things got unexpectedly real when Planetina (Alison Brie) met Morty (Justin Roiland) in Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 3, “A Rickconvenient Mort.” The storyline explored Morty’s new love, and many fans were hit right in the feels in the episode’s final moments. Then recently, the Rick and Morty team revealed Planetina’s ending didn’t unfold as originally planned. So here’s what was supposed to happen before co-creator Dan Harmon decided to change the “biggest mistake in the world.”

How Planetina’s storyline ended in ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Episode 3

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The Rick and Morty Season 5 premiere might have closed the door on Jessica (Kari Wahlgren), but romance blossomed between Morty and Planetina in episode 3. That said, Planetina’s “kids” stood in the way of their love.

Planetina, a parody of Captain Planet, told Morty she had four kids who bring her into existence by “combining the power of their elemental rings” to save the earth. But the now-adult Tina-Teers were exploiting Planetina. Then when the kids tried to stop the relationship while trying to sell Planetina overseas, Morty brutally murdered them. 

Nevertheless, Planetina’s freedom came at a price. Eventually, the new character chose to murder those who were destroying the planet. Then, in the end, Morty realized he couldn’t love Planetina, and he broke up with her. 

The ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 team explains the ending of the Planetina episode

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During the “Inside the Episode” special for Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 3, writer Rob Schrab revealed the original ending for Planetina and Morty.

“At first, it was going to be Morty getting his heartbroken for the first time,” Schrab said. “But it wasn’t until Dan said, ‘No, this is a story about Morty breaking somebody’s heart.’”

Meanwhile, Harmon and director Juan Meza-León explained why the Rick and Morty team chose to end the relationship this way.

“I thought it would be the biggest mistake in the world to end an episode like that, with her dumping him,” Harmon said. “Yes, love ends in tragedy. But it would’ve been too easy to be cynical, like, ‘Oh, love isn’t real.’”

Then Meza-León added, “Morty was going through a growth and a loss. We try to capture that by treating it like an actual dramatic story.”

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 4, “Rickdependence Spray.”]

What’s next when ‘Rick and Morty’ returns for season 5 episode 4

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While Morty experienced real heartbreak with Planetina, it seems it’s back to more shenanigans in Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 4. Adult Swim will release the new episode, titled “Rickdependence Spray,” on Sunday, July 11, at 11 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, it appears Rick (Justin Roiland) will create another mess.

“A failed experiment by Rick creates monsters that threaten the entire country as well as himself,” the synopsis says.

That said, the network recently dropped the cold open for the new Rick and Morty episode. And despite the synopsis, it appears the monsters are entirely Morty’s fault. So are we in for another Cronenberg situation? We’ll just have to wait and see. But it looks like we’re in for a treat. Stay tuned.

Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 4 airs July 11, 2021.