Rick and Morty season 5 introduces new President as latest promo fuels theory

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Dimension-hopping heroes Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith (both played by Justin Roiland) have had several run-ins with the President of the United States (Keith David) over the years. However, his time as one of Rick and Morty’s most enduring recurring characters could be coming to an end with this year’s instalment of the Adult Swim cartoon.

The teaser trailer for the next episode of Rick and Morty season five has teed up another major appearance from their reluctant ally, the President.

Guest star Keith David is confirmed to be making his return in episode five, ‘Rick & Morty’s Thanksploitation Spectacular’.

In this outing, the troublesome duo will have to try and get a presidential pardon after their attempt to steal the US Constitution goes awry.

The episode promo reveals Morty’s explosive tactics to break through the glass results in the Statue of Liberty being revealed as a giant, robotic assassin.

After presumably wreaking untold havoc on New York City, the Statue’s rampage will prompt another appearance from the President after he played a major role in the divisive episode four.

However, certain clues contained throughout the latest season of the series suggest the current President may not be in the White House for much longer.

Fans of the series are already predicting Rick and Morty’s latest antics could irreversibly damage their friendship with the world leader, which could signal his upcoming exit from the series.

When the new promo was released on YouTube, one fan commented: “Let’s hope this doesn’t further strain their relationship with the President.”

To which another replied ominously: “It is an election year…”

In episode four, ‘Rickdependence Spray’, the President helps put a stop to one of the show’s most bizarre crises yet when Rick unknowingly uses Morty’s sperm to create giant, flesh-eating monsters.

During the equally baffling climax, he reminds onlookers that it’s currently an election year in the world of the series, confirming he’s still in his first term as President.

His all too frequent altercations with Rick and Morty may have damaged the President’s reputation with the voters over the years, and could encourage them to elect another candidate.

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Following the release of the new footage, some fans were also concerned Rick and Morty’s actions could lead to war, as Rick reminded Morty the Statue of Liberty was originally a gift from France.

“The President is going to drone strike France because of Morty!” joked one viewer.

And another commented: “Looks like Rick and Morty are going National Treasure hunting; hope they’re still cool with the President.”

As with the Nicolas Cage-led action films, Rick and Morty’s scheme to steal one of the USA’s most precious documents could land them in hot water with one of the world’s most powerful men.

However, if the President does indeed issue the pair a pardon, as the synopsis implies, his lax attitude to Rick and Morty constantly causing chaos could destroy his chances of re-election.

At this point in the series, an episode devoted entirely to the current President’s campaign for a second term seems unlikely.

Even so, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Rick and Morty will eventually have to deal with another world leader as the series progresses through seasons six, seven and beyond.

Rick and Morty season 5 continues Sundays on Adult Swim.

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