A certain line at the end of the Pickle Rick episode (Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 3) has left fans wondering if it’s possible that nothing we’re seeing is really happening in the show’s universe. Could we still be stuck in Rick’s mind?
Read on for more details. This post has spoilers through the Pickle Rick episode.
Near the end of the episode, when Rick and Beth were talking about going out and doing something just the two of them, without the kids, Beth suggested they either go to Smokey’s Tavern or Shoney’s.
This statement was a big red flag for fans, who remember that in Episode 1 of Season 3, Shoney’s was the restaurant where Rick and an agent of the Galactic Federation were talking when they were trying to pry information out of his mind. It was part of a fake universe they thought they were creating to trick Rick into giving away his secrets.
They were wrong, because Rick was on to them the whole time and was creating his own fake origin story to trick them.
But now fans are wondering, based on Beth’s comment, if we might still be stuck in Rick’s mind after all. We saw this happen once before, in “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” In this episode, aliens called Zigerions put Rick, Morty, and Jerry in an alternate virtual reality to get secrets from Rick. There were layers upon layers in these realities, where Rick would escape one and actually still be in another.
So because of this, fans are now wondering if the Shoney’s reference means that Rick might still be caught in a reality created in his own mind by the Galactic Federation. Things are going great for Rick and he’s getting everything he wanted. Jerry’s gone. He and Beth are bonding. He’s able to create weapons out of thin air as a pickle. Maybe it’s all in his mind?
However, since this is a twist that fans typically don’t like, it seems unlikely that Rick and Morty will end up going this route. It’s more likely that Shoney’s is simply a place Rick frequents, which is why Beth suggested it and the Galactic Federation tried to talk to him in his mind there.
What do you think? Do you think we’re still stuck in Rick’s mind? Let us know in the comments below.