‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 Episode 1 Theories: Was It Real or Fake? [POLL]

(Adult Swim/Rick and Morty)

The Rick and Morty Season 3 premiere that aired on April 1 has left fans with a lot of unanswered questions. (Watch the premiere here.) Mainly: Was this really the premiere or an elaborate April Fools joke? Why did the ending make everything feel so off? Here are the top theories from fans about the unexpected episode. After you read the story, take our poll at the end and let us know what you think. 

This post has spoilers through the Season 3 Episode 1 premiere. 

Fans are excited and confused, all at once, about the premiere. It was great. But it also wasn’t what they were expecting. Many fans were actually expecting Rick to escape the alien prison with an intricate pickle maneuver. Some early leaks showed him dressed up as a pickle and breaking out that way. (See more about it in our story here.) So now fans are really confused. Why was his jailbreak so different from what they expected?

Some fans have created an elaborate theory that the premiere we saw on April Fool’s was actually Rick’s jailbreak in another dimension. This wouldn’t be the first time alternate dimension lines were crossed.

Other fans think it was even more elaborate than that. Maybe Rick is still in a hallucination-like state created by the Galactic Federation. You can read more about that theory on Reddit here.

Some fans point to the ending as a reason why this can’t possibly be a “real” episode. The ending shows Rick lacking in character development. It shows all the changes he made by the end of Season 2 are gone. Others just think that ending was highly out of character for him.

But in truth, the ending was a pretty close mirror of the ending in Season 1’s pilot, only darker and more aggressive. Here’s the Season 1 pilot. You can skip ahead to the ending, so you can compare it to how the Season 3 premiere ended:

The two endings parallel one another. Just compare the photos from the two. Here’s Season 3, that we saw on April Fool’s:

Season 1 Ending (Adult Swim/Rick and Morty)

And here’s the ending of Season 3’s premiere:

Season 3 (Adult Swim/Rick and Morty)

Yes, Rick is angrier and more aggressive, but the two endings really do mirror each other quite well. And in some ways, Rick was darker in Season 1 because poor Morty was writhing on the floor during that monologue. So there’s a pretty good argument for this premiere being authentic.

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Nate

Pickle… In baseball, to pickle is to elude capture by alternating position. I think Rickle did Pickle, at least that seemed the rundown.

Nathan Maney

That footage of Rick as a pickle could easily be in another episode. Remember, season 3 is coming and its more than this episode.

Second, those were storyboards of rick as a pickle killing rats in a sewer. It’s been sooo long since the last season, and Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have both said there have been huge delays and arguments over writing. Clearly the idea could have been scrapped.

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