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Fans of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty have been waiting years for the show to return for a third season. We've had some vague timelines and promises about when Season 3 might debut, and the latest we had heard was a premiere date at some point this summer. Still, it was beginning to feel like the antics of Rick and Morty would never be back in another full batch of episodes. Now, we finally have the news we've been waiting for. Rick and Morty Season 3 will premiere on Sunday, July 30 at 11:30 p.m.
The big announcement came from creators and executive producers Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. They got together to host an event all about the show in Los Angeles, and tickets quickly sold out. Luckily for all of us who don't live in L.A. and weren't able to win a seat at the event, it was set to be live-streaming on adultswim.com. Not many details were available about what would happen at this event, which led many to speculate that a new episode might be released. After all, the Rick and Morty team had already released one episode as a surprise without any official forewarning. Maybe it could happen again!
Well, we didn't get a new episode. Still, a premiere date may be even better than another random half hour of footage. Not that another half hour of footage wouldn't have been great... but now we know when we can look forward to the entire third season kicking off, we can rest a little more easily. There is an end date to this long, terrible, seemingly never-ending hiatus that we've been stuck in ever since October 2015. Besides, now we have one more fresh episode to look forward to when the season does begin officially.
Dan Harmon recently revealed via social media that the delay in Season 3 was due to the fact that the writers simply had a harder time coming up with good stories. The success of the first two seasons made them feel pressure to deliver something truly exceptional, and that pressure didn't result in a whole bunch of episodes in quick succession. The latest we'd heard was that Season 3 would debut this summer; the July 30 premiere date means that the creators will get in under the wire.
We'll have to wait and see what happens when the show actually returns on a weekly basis. Season 3 will undoubtedly be as wild and crazy as the first two seasons, and Rick will certainly put poor Morty through a great deal of hilarious stress. Be sure to check out Adult Swim on Sunday, July 30 at 11:30 p.m. ET to see the big return of Rick and Morty. Check out our summer TV premiere schedule to see your other viewing options. The Rick and Morty Season 3 trailer has also been released, and you can check it out here!