WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for “Promortyus,” the seventh episode of Rick and Morty Season 4.
Rick and Morty have had some weird and uncomfortable moments over the years with creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon pushing the envelope on science, politics, consumerism, war and sex. That’s what makes the show so unique. It’s lack of boundaries allows the show to reflect some major problems in modern society but in a cheeky, controversial manner.
However, in “Promortyus,” they kick it up a notch as fans get a weird moment of incest between Rick and his grandson. While it’s all because of the mind-controlling facehuggers attached to their faces, it’s still super-creepy.
These facehuggers on the planet Glorzo don’t turn people into mindless carriers of xenomorphs like in Alien and Prometheus. Once they latch onto a host, that person exhibits the personalities of the facehugger, so it’s more like a parasite than a possession. When this happens to a curious Rick and Morty, who stupidly went looking at alien eggs, they adopt the personalities of their creatures.
Morty (aka Steve) is found by the other aliens living on Glorzo and becomes their messiah while Rick (aka Bruce) is made the architect of the future. He constructs buildings, tech and weapons for Glorzo, allowing the people to have a purpose rather than just hatching an egg willingly after a few minutes of existence and then dying.
However, with Summer on the trip as well, things take a unique turn as she’s Glorzo’s queen, doing nothing but garnering accolades for all the work Steve and Bruce are doing. This leads to them having a falling out with her, and when Steve goes to Bruce, who’s been spending time making conspiracy videos to upset society, audiences discover they’re actually in love.
They have feelings for each other, and since these aliens are primarily mouths, the two just want “to suck on each other… hard.” Aliens making out isn’t the gross part, but watching Rick and Morty embark on a hot and heavy kissing session is because no one wants to see an kid make out with his grandpa, even if the Facehuggers are buffers.
The writers try to soften this as a romantic moment between Steve and Bruce since they want to elope and start a family, which is plausible since audiences don’t know how their biologies work, let alone how they reproduce. While these two have their romance, the series could have cut the incest angle by having Steve and Bruce attach themselves to people who aren’t underaged or related. It’s unsettling, but, then again, Rick and Morty lives for these kinds of moments.
No one saw this coming as they built Glorzo up as a fortress and were then fashioned as freedom fighters. Little did audiences know these facehuggers were star-crossed lovers from the moment they hatched. Thankfully, the creatures get pulled off when the duo navigate their way through a cave, bringing Rick and Morty back to their senses. If this didn’t happen, fans might have seen more than just a grandfather-grandson makeout session, and that would have made it difficult to look at these family members in the same way ever again.
Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, the second half of Ricky and Morty Season 4 airs Sundays on Adult Swim. Seasons 1 through 3 are available to stream on Hulu.
Season 4 of Rick and Morty just pushed the envelope to a creepy point by giving fans a very weird and incestuous moment between key characters.