Rick and Morty Season 4 has been confirmed...finally! Here's everything you need to know.Rick and Morty has taken notoriously long breaks in between seasons. It’s not as much of a rarity for hotly popular television shows as it once was, but fans certainly get antsy in anticipation for their favorite show to return. While we had very little information on the prospects of Rick and Morty Season 4 since the end of the last season because of some contract difficulties, it looks like those have all been straightened out.
Series co-creator Justin Roiland finally broke the silence on the negotiations with an Instagram post. The illustration states that 70 more episodes of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty are on the way. Going by last season's 10 episodes, that's potentially seven more seasons of Rick and Morty.
The official word from the network states that "Adult Swim has made a long-term overall deal with the creators that will include 70 new episodes of the critically acclaimed series that follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe."
It's about time.
Rick and Morty Season 4 Release Date
Hahaha! You must be joking! Mr. Poopybutthole has promised that it will be "a really long time." Maybe his "Santa Claus beard" crack was a clue and it will come in time for the holiday season in 2018! Don't hold your breath. But we'll see. Anyway, nothing official has been announced yet regarding when we'll get Rick and Morty Season 4.
Writer Ryan Ridley, in an interview with The Detroit Cast, said it could be a longer hiatus than usual, since the writers haven’t even started on the fourth season yet. And why should they when there's nothing going on with the network just yet?
"I know how long this show takes to write, let alone animate," he said. "I'd be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air anytime sooner than 2019... late 2019.”
So that's basically it. Considering the relatively recent announcement of the show's official renewal, that probably means that writing has only just officially started, which means animation and more is unlikely to start before late 2018. If that's the case, that late 2019 date sounds more and more likely.
Rick and Morty Season 4 Episode Details
Shortly after season three concluded, Dan Harmon talked to Entertainment Weekly about a wide-range of topics, including the prospect of filling out a larger episode order for Rick and Morty Season 4 and beyond. While season three was originally set to be 14 episodes, production delays because of their own self-described “perfectionist” tendencies inevitably led to a 10-episode third season.
Could Rick and Morty season 4 fulfil a larger episode order? Harmon seems optimistic, but wants fans to weather their expectations of the quality of an additional four episodes.
“I mostly blame myself for doing 10 instead of 14,” Harmon told EW. “I’m still learning how to do the show efficiently while catering to the perfectionist in all of us. I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, ‘Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now.’"
He goes on to say they need to prove they can make the jump.
“The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season 4 — prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network — that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes.”
Rick and Morty is one of the most popular shows on TV right now, so Harmon knows what fans would say on the matter.
“I think the audience would vote unanimously for the idea of 14 episodes instead of 10 on the condition that 4 of them would be [Purge Planet level] episodes.”
Rick and Morty Season 4 Teaser
It's not necessarily an anime promo but it'll do. Adult Swim has released another intriguing teaser for Rick and Morty Season 4 that presumably doesn't contain any footage from Rick and Morty Season 4. Unless you anticipate this hapening...
Rick. Morty. Rick. Morty. Rick. Morty. pic.twitter.com/kQPqGVQ62m— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) January 3, 2019
We’ll keep you posted on more Rick and Morty season 4 news as we get it.
By Chris Longo
Cover image source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7ZAOLmUYoI