Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8 Ending: Was Young Rick Real or Just a Memory?

Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8
Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8-Credit Via Adult Swim

Last Updated on August 10, 2021 by Joydeep Ghosh

Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8 has brought for us a very mind-bending and trippy journey into the subconscious part of Birdperson. He was the former best friend of Rick, but now his wife has turned him into a cyborg. In this episode, we find how Rick tries to save his friend’s life.

For those who have already watched Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8, and if it has puzzled you a lot with the meta-references, go ahead with this article, and all your doubts will get cleared.

A quick recap of Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8

This episode has been given the title Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort. In the opening scene, we see that the Smith family is going for a day out, while Rick plans on staying back to work on a top-secret project.

As the Smith family leaves, Rick is seen working to revive Birdperson. He finds out that Birdperson’s mind is hidden inside the subconscious mind, and he decides to enter his mind to save him.

When he finally goes inside his friend’s mind, he finds a badass version of himself there. There is a glimpse that showcased the beginning of the friendship between the two.

Rick and Young Rick team up together to save the real Birdperson. Once he catches up to his friend, the aliens say that he does not wish to stay any longer and then bombs the subconscious mind.

After the bombing, the world of Birdperson’s memories starts collapsing. Along with his younger version, Rick travels through the memory to reach the Battle of the Blood Ridge. Over here, the friendship between the two goes bad.

They finally survive through the battle and reach a memory where the Birdperson and his wife, Tammy, are together. Birdperson continues insisting that he wants to die, but Rick finds out some things that change everything in Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8.

Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8 Ending: What does the ending of Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8 depict?

While the episode was almost towards the end, Rick reveals that Birdperson has a child whose existence he is unaware of. On hearing this, the Birdperson wants to live and give up his thoughts on dying.

Before this subconscious mind is destroyed, Young Rick sacrifices his life so that the friends can escape. This happens in a very small span of time, and they return to their bodily forms.

We find in Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8 that the Birdperson finally lives in the end, but there is a crack in their friendship. He is thankful to Rick for saving his life, but he cannot forgive him for not telling him but his son.

Rick admits his selfishness in his deeds, and he feels sorry for disappointing him. Now their friendship has become more complex than it was before.

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Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8: Birdperson has a son he is unaware of.-Credit-Via Adult Swim 

This moment also highlights how Rick wants a companion even though it has always been portrayed in the show that nothing really matters.

He has been so busy with existentialism that he tries to push away everyone who matters to him or is important to him without realizing it. Rick over here wanted to bring his friend back because he did not want to lose the companionship.

Rick had shown some serious concern for his friend, Birdperson, when he revealed that he wants to die. Now, as he is alive and has decided to live, Rick will definitely try something to fix the situation and make everything alright between them.

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Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8 Ending: Was Young Rick real or just a memory?

Young Rick appeared in Birdperson’s memory, and in the end, he sacrifices himself for both of them. Rick brings it out that Young Rick has helped him get transferred to Birdperson’s mind so that he could live on as a conscious memory.

Rick offers a deal to Young Rick about turning him into a real person, but Young Rick is scared that he might end up like the actual Rick and start suffering.

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Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8 Episode Stills-credit Adult Swim

The fact whether Young Rick has accepted the offer by the actual Rick to turn into an actual person has not yet been revealed properly.

Rick definitely likes Young Rick, as we have noticed that he generally does not like his other versions in the multiverse, but things are different in Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8.

Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8 Ending: Details on the girl who was shown in the post-credits of Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8

In the post-credits scene of Rick and Morty Season Episode 8, we saw a young girl who was eating her food quietly in the Gromflomite prison. One of the inmates pushes her plate, and this makes the girl angry. She then attacks the inmate dangerously.

The guards step in to prevent the fight get any more dangerous. This girl is actually the Birdperson’s daughter. She also has a pair of wings like Birdperson and is very strong despite being so young.

She will surely be seen in a few of the upcoming episodes in the near future after just a small glimpse in Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 8.

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