Rick and Morty Co-Creator Justin Roiland Reveals the Direction Season 6 Will Take

Rick and Morty is one of the most popular animated series currently airing, and for a good reason. The show continuously pushes the boundaries on what they can achieve in a single 22-minute episode, with mind-bending, wacky, and hilarious scenarios ensuing each week a new episode releases. The series began in 2013, and Rick and Morty have maintained a consistent fan base with excellent reviews through its five-season run so far.

However, despite an overall good reception, season 5 of the show received some of its worst-rated episodes thus far on IMDB. Rickdependence Day, the fourth episode of the fifth season, rated a 5.7/10, and Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion receiving a 6.4/10. Overall, season 5 was still enjoyed by fans, however, some claimed the show was beginning to lose its luster. Rick and Morty seasons used to release every two years, sometimes even longer, however, the series has now started a quick yearly release schedule which audiences believe may play a part in the rushed storylines. Nevertheless, the show ended superbly with the season 5 finale, and fans hoped that season 6 would continue the hot streak throughout the next ten episodes.


Justin Roiland spoke with IGN at San Diego Comic-Con, saying longtime Rick and Morty fans would be pleased with the storylines that will prevail in the upcoming sixth season. However, the co-creator admitted season 5 was not ideal, with a big reason being the passing of a longtime friend and line producer J. Michael Mendel. His full quote regarding season 6 reads:

“I will say that it’s a bit more canonical. It really rewards fans of the show that have been watching up to this point… So it’s like, I think we’re kind of finally back into the rhythm of Rick and Morty, and I think Season 6 is… I didn’t particularly think Season 5 was bad, but Season 6 is f*****g amazing. It really is a f*****g quality season.”

Fans will rejoice with this news from Roiland and expect to see top-tier television when Rick and Morty season 6 airs next month on Sept. 4th.

Justin Roiland’s Been Busy Outside of Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty isn’t the only thing on Justin Roiland’s mind, as he has several other projects in multiple mediums currently in development. Solar Opposites debuted on Hulu in 2020, following a family of aliens who move to middle America, where they debate whether life is better there or on their home planet. Roiland created the series and stars as the lead character Korvo, as well as voicing several other characters within the show. Solar Opposites has run for three seasons, with the fourth season renewed and currently in the works for 2023.

Roiland has also moved over to the video game medium, creating his own studio, Squanch Games, responsible for the well-received Trover Saves the Universe. The next game in development is High On Life, a first-person shooter where every weapon has its own personality. The FPS looks to be the highest-budget game ever produced by the studio.

Roiland has no shortage of work ahead of him with the many projects he’s working on, and Rick and Morty fans hope the voice actor/ co-creator won’t forget about the beloved series.