It Took 10 Years, But Rick & Morty Season 7 Finally Fixed The Show’s Biggest Diane Sanchez Problem

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Rick and Morty season 7, episode 10.


Summary

  • Rick and Morty finally gave Diane Sanchez a more rounded character after years of being a one-dimensional part of Rick’s tragic backstory.
  • Diane was shown to be intelligent, hard-drinking, and adventurous, capable of keeping up with Rick.
  • While the episode’s ending revealed that the Diane shown was just a simulation, there is potential for the real Diane to be explored further in Season 8.

When the Rick and Morty season 7 finale brought back Rick’s wife, Diane Sanchez, the show did a great job of making up for her earlier depictions in the series. Rick and Morty doesn’t have a great history with the character. While Rick’s daughter, Beth, and her clone, Space Beth, have both been the subject of numerous episodes that fleshed out their vivid internal lives, Diane mainly exists to provide Rick with a tragic backstory. Viewers know next to nothing about her beyond the fact that she was once married to Rick, she was Beth’s mother, and she was killed in every version of reality by Rick Prime.

While the sudden death of Rick Prime could have seen Rick and Morty season 7 follow Rick’s attempts to bring Diane back, the series instead focused on a series of lighter, standalone stories after this canon-shaking event. As such, viewers went into season 7, episode 10, “Fear No Mort,” without much understanding of the character, as Diane’s personality, attitude, hopes, dreams, and views were never explored. “Fear No Mort” changed that by giving her a major role, although the episode’s ending complicated this positive development.

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Rick & Morty Season 7, Episode 10 Makes Diane A More Rounded Character After A Decade

Diane and Beth look down at a bomb right before it goes off on Rick and Morty

In “Fear No Mort,” Rick and Morty meet Diane shortly after they emerge from The Hole, a psychic space that provides a simulation of the user’s worst fear and allows them to overcome this phobia in a safe environment. Diane finally got more than one line of dialogue when she and Rick were reunited, and her contentious relationship with her husband soon proved she was more than a one-dimensional supportive love interest. While Rick and Morty season 7 episode 9 called out Rick’s hubris, it was still surprising to see Diane criticize Rick’s character flaws to his face before warming to him.

Since any earlier mentions of Diane came via flashbacks, viewers never got to know her as more than Rick’s idealized recollection of his late partner. Her limited earlier screen time implied she was a wife and mother but little else, whereas “Fear No Mort” proved she was an intelligent, hard-drinking, adventurous character who could keep up with Rick in every respect. This was a moving surprise, but the episode’s ending did complicate things when it turned out the Diane who viewers were watching wasn’t really her. Technically, it was only a simulation of Diane that Rick imagined, and even the version of Rick imagining her was imagined by Morty.

Diane’s Return In Rick & Morty Season 7 Still Complicates Her Redemptive Role

Rick arches an eyebrow at Morty at a carnival in Rick and Morty season 7 finale

It’s hard to know how the real Diane acted since viewers have still only seen mediated depictions of her. However, since season 7 featured an entire episode without Rick and killed off Rick Prime, there is no reason to think that season 8 won’t have room to explore her character further. Season 7 toyed with the show’s usual formula throughout, with the season premiere and episode 3, “Air Force Wong,” barely featuring Morty. Now that the Rick Prime subplot has ended, there is no reason for Rick and Morty season 8 not to pick up where the finale left off and grant Diane a bigger, better role.

Rick and Morty

Release Date
December 2, 2013

Cast
Spencer Grammer , Kari Wahlgren , Chris Parnell , Sarah Chalke , Justin Roiland , Ian Cardoni , Harry Belden

Seasons
7