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Morty’s evil counterpart was introduced during Rick and Morty’s iconic first season, and has made sporadic reappearances over the years. When the series finally returns to Adult Swim and Netflix for its fifth instalment, some fans are concerned the arch nemesis has been written out of the show for good.

The eyepatched-villain made his terrifying Rick and Morty debut back in the penultimate episode of season one, Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind.

After unleashing his devious plan on Rick and his hapless counterpart Morty (both played by Justin Roiland), Evil Morty slunk into the shadows.

He then appeared in the acclaimed season three episode Tales From the Citadel, in which he became the corrupt and tyrannical president of the Citadel of Ricks and Mortys.

Now he rules over a galactic metropolis of inter-dimensional clones of the spacefaring duo, most viewers expected him to reveal the next stage of his master plan in season four.

Unfortunately, Evil Morty only made a brief cameo during the non-canonical Story Train segments in episode six, Never Ricking Morty.

Co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s notorious habit of shying away from fan service and over-arching plotlines have caused some concern the iconic baddie has been axed from the show for good.

Moreover, some revealing lines of dialogue from Rick following the villain’s most recent appearances have hinted Evil Morty won’t be appearing at all when the series continues.

One fan took to Reddit to highlight some intriguing lines which may have sealed Evil Morty’s disappearance.

Redditor EzHHenry posted: “In the post-credit scene from the episode “Tales From the Citadel, Rick said that the Citadel will never have to do with him and Morty.”

Although the Citadel was left in turmoil following Evil Morty’s sinister rise to power, Rick came close to breaking the fourth wall when he assured Morty (and the audience) that they won’t be returning to the mega city again.

Tales From the Citadel is widely considered one of Rick and Morty’s best outputs, and features an anthology-style episode containing the dark adventures of different Ricks and Mortys.

Bringing back Evil Morty would most likely mean a return to the Citadel, so it makes sense Roiland and Harmon would want to leave that particular storyline on a high note.

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Plus, Rick and Morty’s trip on the Story Train contained several winks to the audience and assured all the surreal vignettes featured in the episode wouldn’t play into the show’s canon.

Unfortunately, this also includes Evil Morty’s surprise arrival with an army of Rick clones and Mr Meseeks.

The same fan added: “Also in the Never Ricking Morty episode Rick said that nothing about the scene will be canon.

“In conclusion we may never see Rick and Morty fighting or sharing an episode with Evil Morty or the Citadel ever again.”

The post did speculate future seasons could revisit certain characters on the Citadel, or could even explore an origin story for Rick and Morty.

However, some fans have already conceded it’s unlikely Evil Morty will return as a major antagonist for the irreverent inventor and his grandson any time soon.

Adult Swim has renewed Rick and Morty for an additional 60 episodes, so there’s still plenty of time for fan favourite characters to come back in future seasons.

Rick and Morty Season 4 Part 1 is available to stream on Netflix.

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