Rick and Morty Season 6 has gotten off to a much different start than seen in the series' past as the premiere episode had really sparked some major emotions with one of Morty's deep cuts to the series' history! The sixth season of the series started off by fully diving into more of the series' lore and serialization teases that the fifth season rounded out its final few episodes on. This had teased a whole new trend for the titular duo as they learn more about one another, and this had come full circle in quite the surprising way with the premiere episode for the new season.
Rick and Morty's Season 6 premiere was pretty tough for Morty as following a string of episodes in which Rick was trying to distance himself completely, the two of them nearly died following Evil Morty kicking off his grand plan of escaping the Central Finite Curve. It's then revealed that Morty is ultimately the grandson of the Rick that had killed Rick C-137's original Diane and Beth, and this hurts Morty even more. But in one appeal to his grandfather, Morty calls back to the infamous "100 years" gag once improvised in the series' very first episode.
Rick and Morty Season 6's premiere "Solaricks" sees Rick return all portal travelers to their original universes, and Rick discovers that this also means that the Rick he had spent his life chasing got stranded in his original universe as well. It's here he confides in Morty that he was chosen in particular as a replacement Morty because his grandfather, Rick Prime, was actually the one Rick C-137 has been chasing after. Hoping he'd come back someday, he soon tries to make the best of his newest opportunity of locking down Rick Prime after all these years.
All the while Morty is trying to convince him to give up for now to save the rest of the Smith Family. Rick tries to deflect this by saying he's not Morty's real grandfather anyway, but Morty brings him back to Earth. Morty then says that Rick is his grandfather. Calling back to Rick's "Rick and Morty 100 Years" line, Morty emphasizes how close the two have gotten over their now six seasons of working together, and thus this is what ultimately gets Rick to relent and give up on his chase on Rick Prime for now.
It's a far cry from the original context of this line that came about from Rick's cynical improvisational rant that came about during the series' first episode, and also shows how much Morty has changed in that time too. The two characters are finally reflecting on everything that has happened so far, and it teases a much deeper season to come. But what did you think of this callback in the premiere? What are you hoping to see in Rick and Morty Season 6 overall? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!