Rick and Morty Trolls Over Rick's Future in the Series

Rick and Morty Season 6 had a big exploration of its meta narratives and commentary with the latest episode of the series, and it really pulled one over on fans when trying to look at where Rick Sanchez could go in the future! The newest episode of the series was the big breakout of the season much like formula shake ups seen in the past as it escaped the bounds of the show to dive into a critique of the meta commentary that often make up for the brunt of the series' jokes. At the same time, it also explored a different perspective on Rick.

As part of the episode's exploration into writing tropes and techniques, fans are introduced to a new character named "Previous Leon." It's explained that this character has a venom that "makes you think more and more of your life is behind you as he feeds on your released potential." But when Rick takes the chance to have his own released potential used and explored in the same way, fans aren't allowed to see it as the process almost kills him. 

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How Does Rick and Morty Troll Fans Over Rick's Future? 

"Full Meta Jackrick" shows us an example of this power in action right at the beginning of the episode as Rick and Morty find themselves exploring a potential slate of future stories that takes them through surprise pregnancies, deaths, and more. This goes even further by doing one for a returning Jesus Christ, that shows an entire lifetime lived as he's slowly killed by the process. But it doesn't work for when it's just Rick alone. 

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Rick tries to allow Previous Leon to use the ability on him, but the screen quickly blacks out and it's revealed that Rick is almost killed when it's just him. So not only is the series hiding Rick's potential story futures from fans, it's also saying that forcing their hands in moving Rick's story in such a way is a bad move as well as it would literally kill the trajectory of the character's role in the series overall. 

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It's a pretty big statement to make, and it's one that definitely raises some curious questions about their actual plans for Rick's future moving forward. But what do you think the blacked out screen really means? 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!