Rick and Morty, Season 3 has already started with Episode 1, "Rickshank Rickdemption" with the rest of the season coming this summer. That being said, here are some things to look for. As for whether or not they actually Happen, who knows.
Disclaimer: None of these statements have been 100% confirmed with anyone at adult swim. As most Rick and Morty fans already know, you never know what to expect with Rick Sanchez.
Warning: This article Will Contain SPOILERS for Anyone who hasn't already seen episode 1 of Season 3; "The Rickshank Rickdemption", which premiered April 1st, 2017.
Hey there Fan Boys and Fan Girls. After taking some much needed "Me Time", I recently decided to binge watch Seasons 1 and 2 of Rick and Morty, followed by Episode 1 of Season 3, in a format I can't list here for legal reasons. That being said, I've come up with a list of things to possibly expect from Season 3, and how likely I feel they are to happen. I'd also like note that, while not canon, I also read 3 volumes of the Rick and Morty comic published by ONI Press, the contents of which May have swayed my opinion on some of these, as well as watch every Rick and Morty Promo and Commercial I could find on a video viewing site I also can't name here. (But it rhymes with Schmootube) I've also watched every episode of Gravity Falls I could find on DVD, but that was more for me.
I'll be rating these on a scale from 1 to 10 the likelihood of each happening. 1 being "Only in your Online Fan Fiction, Jerry" and 10 being "You bet your *uurrrpp* ass it will".
Annnnnd awaaaaaay we goooooo.
The Return of Evil Eye Patch Morty 6/10 "Why don't you ask the smartest people in the universe, Jerry? Oh yeah *buurrp* you can't. They blew up."
When last we saw Evil Eye Patch Morty, Season 1, Episode 10 "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", Evil Eye Patch Morty is blending in with all of the recently rescued Morty's after his Rick had been foiled in his attempt to frame Rick Earth-Dimension C-132, for the murder of various other Rick's across the multi-verse. His Rick was later discovered by the Council of Ricks, to be a puppet controlled remotely by a device hidden under Evil Morty's Eye Patch. The full extent and intent of Evil Morty's plan is never really discovered beyond Killing Ricks. With that plan being disrupted by Rick Earth-Dimension C-132, the very victim he attempted to frame for said murders, I would imagine that Evil Morty has some unfinished business with Rick.
PocketMorty References 7/10 "Don't even trip dawg"
For those who don't know, Pocket Mortys is free movie game from adult swim. The game is based on the old school Pokemon video games, where you play as Rick with Your Morty exploring another dimension populated by other Ricks, Various Alien Opponents and Wild Mortys from every conceivable alternate reality, timeline and dimension. The goal of course being to collect All of the Mortys and battle your way to Pocket Mortys Stardom.
Now Most of you are probably saying, sure it's a great game, but it's just a game. It's not canon. And Normally I would agree with you. However, Pocket Mortys has already been referenced in the Virtual Reality Video Game, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, as well as getting it's own spin off Comic Book.
The only place left to go is the show itself. And as we've seen before with Rick and Morty: Jerry's Game, adult swim is not above blatant product placement within their own shows.
Rick getting "riggity riggity wrecked son" 10/10 "You bet your *uurrrpp* ass it will"
While it's no secret that Rick drinks, constantly, it's only on rare occasions that we see him noticably, obscenely drunk. The shows creators describe Rick Sanchez as "an incredibly high functioning alcoholic". Again, no secret. But in Season 3, Dan Harmon wanted Rick So Drunk, that he had Justin Roiland, who voices Rick Sanchez, doing shots of Tequila in the vocal booth. Don't believe me, see for yourself. Although I personally am Incredibly curious as to the context of these recordings and how that episode in particular will play out.
Doofus Rick Returns 3/10 "What about the timeline where Hilter cures cancer? The answer is, it's best not to think about it."
Jerry Smith found his soul mate in Season 1, Episode 10's "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind" in the form of Earth-Dimension J19ζ7 "Doofus" Rick. While our Rick and Morty are on the run from the Council of Ricks, and trying to track down the Real killer of 27 different Ricks from the Multi-verse, the house gets taken over by the Council of Ricks, including Doofus Rick. After sparking up a conversation with Jerry about working in advertising, the two hit it off over block castle play sets and R2-D2 coin collections, in what can only be described as a Bro-mance for the ages.
At the end of Season 3's premier episode, "The Rickshank Rickdemption", Jerry now finds himself single, and homeless, in addition to being unemployed. Again. While the odds of them reaching back for This particular character might be slim, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for Jerry to find comfort in the company of Doofus Rick.
Gravity Falls Easter Eggs 10 /10 "You bet your *uuurrrpp* ass it will"
And in fact, it already has. Show runners for Rick and Morty and Gravity Falls have been friends for years, often voice acting on each other's shows. But where Disney XD's Gravity Falls ended after the Second Season, Rick and Morty rolls on and on. And as they do, Rick and Morty creators hide at least One Gravity Falls Easter Egg in each season.
Starting with Season 1, Episode 10 "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind"
What you see here is Gravity Falls Grunkle Stan opening a portal to another dimension, and his note pad and coffee cup getting sucked in. Then, in S1E10 of Rick and Morty, while they are on the run from the Council of Ricks, Rick opens multiple portals in an attempt to lose his followers. However, if you look closely at the second portal from left to right, you will see Grunkle Stan's mug and notepad come out of the newly opened portal.
In Season 2, Episode 7 "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez"
While Rick is back on Earth partying as Tiny Rick, Beth and Jerry go off world for Marriage Counseling. However, if you look on the display screen between Jerry and Therapist Glexo Slim Slom (voiced by actor Jim Parsons of Big Bang Theory Fame) you will see a diagram with Gravity Falls Antagonist Bill Cypher. (Circled in Red for those of you with more Morty Brain Waves than Rick Genius Brain Waves.
And Already in Season 3's first episode, "The Rickshank Rickdemption"
As Summer and Morty are being escorted through the Citadel of Ricks, if you look in the background to the left, you will see what appear to be a Pair of Mortys from another reality, one male, one female, with Dipper Pines trademark Hat and Mabel Pines hairband. For those unaware, Dipper and Mabel Pines are the twin protagonists from Gravity Falls. You can also see another Morty walking by carrying a stack of books that appear to include one of the Journals from Gravity Falls.
The Journals themselves are a treasure trove of Rick and Morty Easter Eggs hidden within the Gravity Falls universe. Like this little piece of graffiti that translates to "Rick Was Here"
and these creature(?) Silhouettes of a Plumbus
and this one of the scammer alien species known as the Zigerions from Season 1, Episode 4 "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!"
Sadly because of the different ownerships of the shows, Gravity Falls with Disney XD and Rick and Morty with Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and the severe contrast between the language, topics, scenarios and overall feeling each show exhibits, these little nods to each other are probably the closest we'll ever have to an on screen cross over.
The Revenge of Abradolf Lincler 4/10 "It *uurrrpp* doesn't look good Morty"
We last saw the cybernetic, genetic hybrid of Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler vowing revenge in the post credit scene of the Season 1 finale. After an accident at a house party thrown by Rick and Summer sends the entire house into another dimension, Morty, Summer's former friend from band Nancy, and Abradolf Lincler venture out into the unknown in search of Kalaxian Crystals, which Rick has led them to believe will help them return the house to it's rightful dimension. Rick of course grinds the crystals or K-Lax to dust, and snorts lines of them for a Powerful but fleeting high. Before returning with the crystals, Abradolf Lincler sacrifices himself to allow Morty and Nancy to escape with the crystals, leaving Morty with his final words of the hope of acceptance and redemption. However, Lincler doesn't die, and instead vows revenge before being snatched up by a "vagina monster" and being passed around from orifice to orifice amongst a group of "vagina monsters" like a joint at Woodstock.
Jerry making numerous, grand and over the top gestures, in continuingly failing attempts to rekindle things with Beth 7/10 "Don't even trip dawg"
At the end of the Season 3 premier, after Rick has broken out of Galactic Federation Prison, and rescued Morty and Summer from the Council of Ricks, they all return home where Beth is exstatic to be reunited with her Father once again. However, Jerry deciding that Rick was the cause of the collapse of the Galactic Federation, attempts to put his foot down once and for all, proclaiming that, "either He goes, or I do".
With a marriage that's implied to have been on the rocks since long before the point in time where the show starts, for Beth choosing between the genius Father she's lost Twice and thought she'd never see again, and the idiotic, unemployed husband she can barely tolerate, the decision was an easy one.
It's only after everything that Rick confesses to Morty that, like the total annihilation of the Galactic Federation Prison, the Council of Ricks in the Citadel of Ricks, and the complete collapse of the Galactic Federation itself by "changing a 1 to a 0", after hearing Jerry trying to convince Beth to turn Rick in, he orchestrated all the events including the confrontation with Beth, that ended just as predicted.
What lies in the future for Jerry Smith? Who knows, but I imagine it involves a Lot of grovelling, and half hearted attempts to assert himself as Summer and Morty's father.
Mr. Poopy Butthole 6/10 "Why don't you ask the smartest people in the universe, Jerry? Oh yeah *buurrp* you can't. They blew up."
Yes I am of course referring to the "long time family friend" that Beth shot in Season 2, Episode 4 "Total Rickall" mistakenly thinking he was a parasitic alien species that survive and multiply by implanting fake memories into people's head. Whom Accurately predicted the return of Rick and Morty Season 3. Which premiered on April Fool's Day, a "year and a half" to the Day.
However, despite being described as a long time family friend by Jerry to the police, we've only seen Mr. Poopy Butthole twice. The first in Season 2, Episode 4, entitled "Total Rickall", and then again in the after credits scene from the Season 2 cliffhanger finale, "The Wedding Squanchers". Will he return? Maybe. I personally can't see a situation where his inclusion would be necessary, aside from stepping in for Jerry, But Mr. Poopy Butthole has become a fan favorite. So who's to say? Or as Mr. Poopy Butthole might put it, "oooooooh weeeeee. I don't know".
But speaking of that Season Finale...
Another Cliffhanger Season Finale 9/10 "I believe Bird Person can arrange that"
Unless Season 3 ends up being the Final Season, which I pray I will never witness in my lifetime, but unless that's the case, I'd say it's a pretty good bet Season 3 will end with a Cliffhanger.
At this point it's become another Tradition for Rick and Morty show runners. From Season 1's house party frozen in time,
To Season 2 with Rick going to jail.
In truth, their cliffhanger endings have been brilliant. They put you in a situation where you already know the outcome, and know that it could be the end of everything. But leave everything unresolved in a way that, at least with Season 2, you know will be resolved in the next season, and you know will be a Hell of a story, but at the same time, could have been a fitting end to the series. And I expect nothing less from them in the future.
The Truth about Beth's Mother 2/10 "You're not going to believe this because it usually never happens, but I made a mistake"
Ahhh. The Million Dollar Question most of us didn't even know to ask. What exactly happened to Beth's Mother? Rick's Ex-wife, who during Season 3, Episode 1, "The Rickshank Rickdemption", is revealed to be named Diane Sanchez. Little else is known about her, as she's rarely ever referenced in the show. In the pilot episode, Rick tells Beth, "This was a good breakfast, Beth. You really made the crap out of those eggs. I wish your mother was here to eat them." Possibly implying that the mother is deceased. In Season 1, Episode 6 "Rick Potion #9", Rick says to Morty, "Love is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed" before mentioning that he was also part of a failing marriage, much like his daughter and son-in-law, before urging Morty to "break the cycle and focus on science."
However, as those who've seen the first new episode of Season 3, we're treated to what we're led to believe is a memory when Rick is gettng psychically interrogated by the Galactic Federation in what's called a "Brainilizer" by a Galactic Federation Agent voiced by Nathan Fillion, in order to recover the memory of Rick discovering Interdimensional travel, or how Rick put it, "The day I invented the portal gun is the day I lost her." It's during this journey that we're shown a Future Rick attempting to give the technology to his past self who himself is working on a portal gun, but one that only works in the dimension it exists in. Future Rick explains that with this technology, he will become the smartest man in the Universe and basically a God, at which point past Rick declines, stating how lonely it sounds. After a bit of back and forth, past Rick continues to decline the offer, remarking that he's just a "different kind of Rick". At which point Future Rick leaves through an Interdimensional portal but not before leaving behind an ominous threat. Diane enters the garage saying she heard sci-fi noises and wondered if Rick had made a breakthrough, but Rick told her he hadn't, and had actually decided to give up on science, presumably to focus on being a husband and father.
Diane leaves to go get Beth so they can all go out for ice cream. As past Rick pulls a station wagon into the driveway, Diane and Beth enter the garage. Immediately after an Interdimensional portal opens up above Diane and Beth, dropping a futuristic looking bomb, which detonates destroying the garage, flipping Rick's station wagon, and killing Diane and Beth. Actual Rick (who's brain we're in, remember), uses this to trick the Galactic Federation Agent into copying what he thinks is the formula for Interdimensional travel, but is in actually a program cutting off the agents contact to the other agents outside, and swaps Rick's brain into his body to use to escape. When the agent realizes what's occurred, he tells Rick that it shouldn't have been possible for him to alter a memory and substitute the formula. To which Rick replies that he can't and he didn't, but that you Can alter things in a completely fictional scenario.
While this does kinda feel like the rugs been pulled out from beneath us, it's exactly the kind of thing Rick and Morty writers are known for. So much so that I feel as if they opened a door most didn't even know was there, but they never actually plan on taking us through it. Just to torment us a little bit. By the way, the Best part of this entire leg of the story is hearing Nathan Fillion doing his impression of Rick Sanchez, doing his impression of a Galactic Federation Agent. Complete with burps and stuttering.
Pickle Rick!!! 10/10 "You bet your *uurrrpp* ass it will"
And while that alone proves nothing, as Rick and Morty have been known for their brilliant advertising and crossover advertising. Such as with the Simpsons intro
And before that with Hardee's and Carl's Jr,
And again even more recently with the movie "Alien: Covenant"
So, even though we've seen it, doesn't mean we'll see it. However, one of the first promos for season 3 released at San Diego Comic-Con in 2016, came in the form of a roughly sketched out, escape sequence that looks an awful lot like Pickle Rick, captured and assembling an explanation suit body out of random bits and office supplies.
Interdimensional Cable III 9/10 "I believe Bird Person can arrange that"
Interdimensional Cable has become another fan favorite tradition since it's debut in Season 1, Episode 8 entitled "Rixty Minutes". It's often improvisational feel has led to a variety of unique and unusual shows and commercials from every conceivable reality. With commercials for "Lil' Bits", "Real Fake Doors", "Jan Quadrant Vincent 16" and "Strawberry Smiggles" and shows like "Adventures with Stealy", "How'd I get here?", "Gazorpazorpfield", and of course the ever popular "Ball Fondlers", it's no wonder why the fans enjoy it so much. It's a modge podge of surrealism wrapped in a juxtaposition, and seasoned with unscripted, off the cuff, hilarity. And it's no wonder why it's become a tradition in Rick and Morty's already short but impressive run. I have no doubt that it will return in some form in Season 3. And with it...
More Ball Fondlers 9/10 "I believe Bird Person can arrange that"
Ok, so some of you may think I'm being redundant here, but I'm not talking about Interdimensional Cable III. Ball Fondlers seems to have become Such a Hit, that it's been seen popping up in the background of other episodes. Like in Season 2, Episode 2 "Mortynight Run", where after rescuing the Interdimensional, gaseous, non carbon based life form known as "Fart" from the assassin Krombopulos Michael and breaking him out of Galactic Federation custody, Rick's flying car has issues which leaves the trio to hide out and lay low in GearHead's (who's real name is Revolio Clockberg Jr.) garage. At one point, before the news break alerting Rick to the fact that Gearhead sold him out to the Galactic Federation, you can see Rick enjoying an episode of Ball Fondlers.
So I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised to find the family watching an episode outside of Interdimensional Cable III. And in case you're wondering, the punishment Gearhead faced for selling Rick out, was having Rick rip out his Mouth Gears, and Genital Gears, and replacing each with the other.
Summer gets Kidnapped 8/10 "Awwwww Yeah Son"
Ok, so on One hand I hear a lot of you maybe saying, "But she gets captured or kidnapped. It happens, it's not a big deal." And on the Other, I hear you maybe saying, "What makes you so sure that it's going to happen?" Well in truth, I don't know. But I'm not exactly shooting in the dark here either. You see, the title of Season 3's second episode has been released, and it's "Rickmancing the Stone". As I'm sure most of you have noticed by now, a lot of times, the title of the episode is a play on a movie title, which has an influence of some kind on the story being told. In this case, the 1984 action/romance "Romancing the Stone", staring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. In it, one of the main characters, in this case romance novelist Joan, played by Kathleen Turner, learns that her Sister has been kidnapped by Antiquities smugglers and is given a sort of treasure map which is the random, and told to go to Columbia to get her sister back. After being mislead by a corrupt Colonel who wants the map for himself Joan causes a bus accident leaving her stranded in the jungles of South America. Her Rescue comes in the form of Bird Smuggler Jack, played by Michael Douglas. After a night of drinking, Joan suggests that they go find the treasure themselves, and venture off in search of a giant emerald called "El Corazón".
That's where I'm going to leave the movie description. However, I'm sure you might have noticed one or two elements that could easily transfer over to Rick and Morty. Rick would be a great stand in for the Smuggler Jack, leaving Morty to fill the role of Joan. Which of course would mean that Summer has been the one taken. Now in all fairness, I could be totally off the mark. It could be Morty who's taken leaving Summer to go on an adventure with Rick. Or I could be completely wrong all together.
Rick gets his McDonald's Szechuan dipping sauce 1/10 "Only in your Online Fan Fiction, Jerry."
The runaway joke from the Season 3 Premier. Rick's quest for a seemingly obscure dipping sauce condiment from a fast food restaurant, as part of a promotion for an animated movie from the 90's. Man these guys really reached for that one, and it was well worth it as we see it become a running joke throughout the episode, culminating in a rant by Rick to Morty reminiscent of an earlier, similar rant from the Season 1 Pilot. That being said, and despite all the fandom pushing for it to happen, I personally never think it will. Or if so, perhaps as an after credit scene from the final season, whenever that may be. But more likely than not, and much like the truth about Beth's Mother, I feel this is one of those things that they present us with, that we didn't even know that we wanted, only to leave us hanging. All in the name of humor.
The Revenge of Tammy and Bird Person, now Phoenix Person 9/10 "I believe Bird Person can arrange that"
During the Season 2 Finale, "The Wedding Squanchers", at the reception, after her wedding to Bird Person, Tammy reveals that she's a deep undercover Galactic Federation Agent, and that Rick and all his friends are under arrest for crimes against the Federation.
Before shooting her newly wedded Husband, Bird Person. Like, a Lot.
After the family's escape from the wedding, Tammy isn't seen again until an after credit scene from the Season 3 Premier where she appears to be at a Federation Outpost with a newly reanimated, Bird Person Cyborg, who's not referred to as Phoenix Person. With the Galactic Federation I'm shambles, and the Council of Ricks destroyed, Rick Earth Dimension C-137 is out of Big Bad antagonists. Leaving Tammy and Phoenix Person to fill he void. However, I don't think that they will be alone. Which brings us to our Final Entry. (I know right? Thanks for sticking it out)
Rick's Legion of Doom 5/10 "Aww Geez Rick, I don't know"
I guess the caption for the image there says it all. This idea is completely unfounded and basically my own sort of Fan Fiction. That being said, I still gave it a 50/50 chance. But that's more hope I guess.
As I mentioned before, with the Galactic Federation and the Council of Ricks both gone, the show has an opening for a New Big Bad Antagonist. A roll that I'm sure will be filled, at least in part, by Tammy and Phoenix Person. But what I'd Really like to see is the two of them spanning the Universe, assembling a Legion of Doom-esque team of people with vendettas against Rick, culminating in a Season Finale Showdown. And while there are Plenty of people with a bone to pick with Rick Sanchez, I'm going to focus on the ones we know are alive. This is the team as I see it.
Tammy and Phoenix Person. Last seen at the after credits scene from the Season 3 Premier.
Evil Eye Patch Morty. Last seen blending in with the rescued Morty's after his plan to kill Rick's was foiled by Rick and Morty C-137 and his Rick was discovered to be being controlled remotely.
Abradolf Lincler. Last seen screaming for vengeance while being passed from orifice to orifice by vagina monsters after sacrificing himself to allow Morty and Summer's old school friend Nancy to escape with Kalaxian Crystals which they were lead to believe would allow Rick to return the house to it's rightfully dimension, but Rick instead ground up and snorted for an Intense but fleeting high.
Gearhead, aka Revolio Clockberg Jr. Last seen panicking in his auto garage after Rick ripped out and swapped his Mouth Gears and his Genital Gears as payback for turning him into the police.
Jerry Smith and Doofus Rick. Doofus Rick was last seen pining for Jerry, standing outside his house in the rain. Provided he survived the destruction of the Citadel of Ricks, I imagine him becoming a shoulder to cry on the Jerry who now finds himself unemployed, homeless and separated on the verge of divorce. Jerry was last seen attempting to put his foot down about Rick's return from prison and his future relationship with the family. At this point, Jerry has lost everything, and he blames Rick. (Rightfully so. Rick did orchestrate the entire thing as revenge for trying to convince Beth to turn him into the Galactic Federation after Tammy and Bird Person's Wedding/Sting Operation.) I imagine Tammy seeking them out, not for Jerry's help, but from the only Rick in existence who would be willing to help. I see Doofus Rick not wanting to do it, but Jerry convincing him to do it for him, and for everything Rick C-137 did to him. At which point Doofus Rick would give in under the condition that Jerry come too. To which Tammy would reluctantly agree to. Of course, Jerry being Jerry, I feel like he will end up accidentally sabotaging the groups every effort through acts of stupidity or blind ego. But because Doofus Rick is such an integral part of the plan, they're stuck with Jerry.
And THAT Fan Boys and Girls, is My list of predictions for Season 3 of Rick and Morty. Do I get them wrong? Do I any right? You'll just have to tune in like I will when Adult Swim starts back up with the Rest of Season 3 this Summer. Until then, I leave you with this Rick and Morty animation of a transcript of The State of Georgia vs Rick Allen.