Adult Swim released the new opening sequence for Rick and Morty Season 7 without the “created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon” credit seen in the previous six installments.
The change comes after Adult Swim officially severed ties with Rick and Morty co-creator Roiland following allegations and charges of domestic abuse. While Roiland and Harmon’s names have been removed from the title card, it doesn’t mean they won’t receive any credit at all. A similar approach was taken when Solar Opposites Season 4 was released. The title card no longer displayed Roiland and Mike McMahan’s creator credits, but the duo was still credited within each episode.
Although the domestic abuse charges against Roiland were dropped, a new report alleges that the Rick and Morty creator used his fame to pursue young fans. Eleven unnamed women and nonbinary fans claim to have talked to Roiland via text, social media, and dating apps between 2013 and 2022. Nine claim that the conversations were of a sexual nature, with three adding that they were 16 years old at the time. When Roiland was asked for comment on the new allegations, the voice actor’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, called the claims “false and defamatory.”
A New Era of Rick and Morty
Despite the dark shadow cast over Rick and Morty by the allegations against Roiland, Adult Swim decided to proceed with Season 7 to support staff members who had been actively involved in developing the new season. The network recently confirmed that the next batch of episodes of the hit animated series will stick to a traditional release schedule and won’t be splitting into separate volumes. The reason for the change has yet to be confirmed, but it marks a new era for the show, which has taken mid-season breaks of varying lengths throughout its run.
Rick and Morty Season 7 will continue to explore a storyline that was initially introduced in Season 3. After being captured by the Galactic Federation, Rick decided to fabricate a story about how he invented the portal gun to escape to an alternate universe. This false tale served as a cover-up for a more harrowing truth – the original Rick, or Rick Prime, was responsible for the death of his wife and a younger version of his daughter, Beth. In Season 5, Rick tells Morty the truth and explains that his desire for revenge against Rick Prime has been haunting him for a long time.
Rick and Morty Season 7 premieres on Adult Swim on Oct. 15.