Rick and Morty season 5: Rick and Birdpersons origins revealed in cold open clues

Rick and Morty: Adult Swim release trailer for season five

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Rick Sanchez (played by Justin Roiland) currently has his best friend Birdperson (Dan Harmon) on ice after the thrilling events of Rick and Morty season four. A new trailer, plus the intriguing title of tonight’s episode on Adult Swim, airing elsewhere on Channel 4 and Netflix, have led to rampant speculation over their still untold origin story.

The unhinged inventor Rick Sanchez is finally resuscitating his best friend, Birdperson, in this week’s episode of Rick and Morty.

After the Smith family did battle with Tammy (Cassie Steele) and the reprogrammed ‘Phoenixperson’, Rick’s cyborg buddy has been cooling off in stasis ever since.

Given the show’s episodic nature, it was unclear whether Birdperson would ever return to normal after becoming one of the show’s most popular recurring characters.

With the release of the cold open for the eighth episode of season five, ‘Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort’, their prayers have finally been answered.

It appears the episode will finally be delving into the origins of Rick and Birdperson’s friendship, as Rick prepares to launch the Best Friend Rejuvenation Sequence in the new clip.

So far, the new season has been light on continuity, aside from a brief reference to Rick’s wife and the unsettling return of the ‘Incest Baby’, Naruto.

However, viewers are convinced tonight’s instalment will be a canon-heavy episode now the first couple of minutes are available to watch on YouTube.

The promotional teaser, plus the title’s obvious allusion to the memory-based sci-fi film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, suggest tonight’s episode will be packed with flashbacks.

Down in the comments, several fans expressed their excitement that Rick and Morty could finally be revealing some of the biggest mysteries from the titular anti-hero’s shady past.

One user commented: “Really hoping this is a lore heavy episode that goes into Rick and Birdperson’s past.”

And another speculated: “Rick is alone and helping Birdperson, this could lead to some flashbacks to his past with Birdperson and other things.

“If done right [this] could be one of [the] best episodes of Rick and Morty.”

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“Plus I do not believe 8,9, and 10 were shown in the trailers so something will go down in these final 3 episodes for season 5.”

This fan rightly pointed out that all the clips from the official trailers for season five have now taken place in the episodes released so far.

Their comments suggest Birdperson’s revival could prove to be a dramatic change of pace for the final three episodes of the current season.

If his friend is still holding on to some residual darkness from his time with Tammy’s Empire, Birdperson could become a formidable new foe for Rick and the Smith family.

Additionally, Birdperson’s revival could force Rick to revisit some of his most painful memories and pit the two friends against each other.

Whatever happens, fans will be thrilled to see the return of one of Rick and Morty’s most endearing supporting players.

Hopefully Birdperson’s revival is a success and he sticks around for more adventures, though ‘Rickternal Friendshine’ has the potential to be one of the darkest episodes yet.

Rick and Morty season 5 continues Sundays on Adult Swim and the following Monday on Channel 4. 

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