Rick and Morty: Have We Outgrown Rick? (Season 4 Explained)

Is Rick and Morty outgrowing Rick? Has the show, and our culture, reached their limit with the “lovable jerk” character type? Rick Sanchez is the mad genius anti-hero at the heart of Dan Harmon’s and Justin Roiland’s Adult Swim show. But over the course of the Rick and Morty’s fourth season, the allure of Rick’s heartless nihilism has started to fade, and it seems like everyone in his life is leaving him behind. Morty pushes back against Rick’s cruelty before finding a new adventuring partner in Summer, and Beth teams up with her clone and realizes that she doesn’t need to live in her father’s shadow to have value. Rick’s former best friend, the planet he used to date, and a whole “story train” of fictional people all want to kill him, and he ends the season without a friend in the world. Here’s our Take on why Rick and Morty is outgrowing Rick, and what this means for the future of the show.

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