Rick and Morty Showrunner Explains the Lack of Portals in Season 6 (Exclusive)

Rick and Morty Season 6 kicked off with the surprise reveal that Rick Sanchez wouldn’t be able to access the trademark portals, and the showrunner behind the new season explained why the team decided to take them away for the first half of the sixth season. After the end of the fifth season, where Evil Morty used all of the portal fluid in the Citadel to escape the Central Finite Curve, Rick’s portal cannon was revealed to be completely broken. Notably, it wasn’t until the season came to a halt before hiatus that Rick finally regained access to portals.

It was an interesting decision to limit Rick’s travels across the multiverse during the first half of the season, and when ComicBook.com got the chance to Rick and Morty executive producer and showrunner Scott Marder on the choice to do leading up to the final episodes of season 6 coming back this Sunday, we just had to ask about the decision to take the portals away. As Marder explained, making sure there were consequences after Evil Morty’s plan in Season 5 was a conscious choice.

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Why did Rick and Morty take Portals away in Season 6?

“I mean, it was all obviously intentional,” Marder began explaining why Rick and Morty season 6 removed its portals, “We wanted to feel like there were big ramifications of what Evil Morty did in [Season 5’s finale] and we didn’t want them to be magically easy to fix, but we felt like a cool kind of side effect of it was that it forced Rick to be with the family a little more, that it forced them all to play off each other a little bit more As it turns out, this choice opened up the kind of stories the team could tell in Season 6.

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“We liked that they chose each other [Season 6’s premiere], and they were all a little more engaged with each other, and didn’t have that get-out-of-jail card that they could normally keep pulling,” Marder continued. “So that was all nice for us. I mean, the space components are such an infinite thing that this show has to offer as well, that it didn’t feel like it completely pigeonholed us.”

Rick’s portals returned to the series in the sixth episode of Season 6, so we’ll soon see how they shake things up when Rick and Morty Season 6 returns to Adult Swim with new episodes beginning Sunday, November 20 at 11:00 PM EST. What did you think of the lack of portals in the first half of the season? Let us know all your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things animation and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

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