Though Rick and Morty is generally reluctant to revisit characters and storylines over the course of seasons, preferring instead to subvert audience expectations at every turn, creator Harmon assures fans that Space Beth does indeed return in the upcoming season 5. Appearing on the Rick and Morty Global Celebration Panel as part of Adult Swim’s 2020 Festival, Harmon said (via Digital Spy), “There’s pretty groovy things coming regarding Beth… Space Beth was not a one-off character. That’s a thing that could have been the case.”
Indeed it seems season 5 in general will have fewer standalone episodes and more canon-exploring developments, as teased by producer/writer Scott Marder who said, “There’s epic canon in season five coming. Fans are gonna like get knocked over by the canon we’re about to hit them with.” Again, this being Rick and Morty, it’s certain that the show’s “epic canon” will feature developments fans don’t see coming at all. In addition to the on-going question of which Beth is real, there’s still a huge mystery surrounding the character of Evil Morty, a version of Morty whose true role in the multiverse has yet to be revealed.
Obviously it would be premature to suggest that season 5 will offer up any solutions to any of the show’s lingering questions, as it’s become obvious Harmon and company are not interested in fan service on any level, but only care about exploring their own crazy ideas no matter where they lead. That Harmon would bring back Space Beth only shows that he still thinks the whole clone Beth premise has value when it comes to exploring the relationship between Rick and his daughter, a relationship that has only become more complicated as the show has gone on (indeed, Space Beth wanted to kill Rick, which is about as complicated as things get). It will be fascinating to see how things evolve with Space Beth, Earth Beth and Rick – and even Jerry – when Rick and Morty season 5 finally arrives.
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Source: Adult Swim (via Digital Spy)