Rick and Morty is one of the hottest animated shows on television, and its impact on mainstream media is approaching levels seen by animated classics like The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy. Season 3 resulted in big ratings for Adult Swim, widespread protests at McDonald's restaurants across the nation, and a lot of loudly repeated quotes about pickle people. Season 4 would surely only bring more hilarity and craziness to fans, right? You bet your portal gun it will. Here, we're running down the list of everything we know so far about Rick and Morty's fourth season and more!
Is Rick And Morty Season 4 Even Happening, Morty?
Adult Swim has officially granted Rick and Morty a Season 4 renewal and then some. The renewal came after a long period of uncertainty, as creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland and the rest of the Rick and Morty staff have been sitting on their hands waiting for the go-ahead to make more episodes of the series. Now that Harmon and Roiland have struck a deal with Turner and secured a ridiculously sizable 70-episode future for the animated series, this will hopefully be the last time in a long time that fans will have to worry about the future of the show.
When Would Rick And Morty Season 4 Premiere, Morty?
Season 4 of Rick and Morty is officially a go, but it's hard to say exactly when Rick and Morty could return. We do have some general speculation to go off of, based on the past and quotes from the show's staff, assuming that work on the new episodes is only just beginning. Writer Ryan Ridley previously stated he would expect the series to air sometime in early 2019 at the earliest, but possibly even later than that. Ridley based his timeline around how long it took to write and animate Season 3, and said at the time that with no one currently working on the series, fans may not even see the series until late 2019 or beyond. Now that things are officially underway that timeline may be limited to just 2019, but with Adult Swim giving no timeline for Season 4, we can't say for certain. But still, 70 episodes, right?
Fans possibly shouldn't take Ryan Ridley's estimation as absolute gospel, although his guess does fall in line with the average production time of a Rick and Morty season, assuming the renewal would come before June 2018. There was around a 15-month hiatus between Season 1 and Season 2 of Rick and Morty, and an 18-month gap between the end of Season 2 and the start of Season 3. The most recent installments took longer to produce, but that was mainly due to quality control, according to Dan Harmon, who said the staff took extra care to make sure they were satisfied with each episode.
Given that, there's really no telling when the series will be fully produced enough to go to air, considering work on Season 4 has only just begun. Although one would assume by the way things are currently progressing, any new episodes in 2018 are almost certainly off the table. But the wait hopefully won't be as long as Mr. Poopybutthole predicted, since the amount of time it would take for him to have grandchildren and grow a Santa Claus beard would indicate Season 4 may be a constant decoration on the horizon.
Wait, How Many Other Rick And Morty Seasons Are Happening, Morty?
The interesting thing about Rick and Morty's renewal is that Adult Swim didn't technically just renew the series for Season 4. Instead, the series was renewed for 70 episodes, and given the average number of episodes for past seasons, the show could foreseeably not need an additional renewal until years from now, after Season 10 wraps. That's assuming the creators and writers stick to their usual episode count, however, and there have already been whisperings that Season 4 may feature the most episodes the series has seen in a single season to date.
The Rick and Morty creative team initially had a goal of producing 14 episodes for Season 3, and while that obviously didn't happen due to delays, Dan Harmon has said he thinks the team could feasibly do 14 episodes in Season 4. If 14 episodes would prove to be too lofty of an ambition, though, Harmon also mentioned at the time that ten episodes has been the minimum, which means fans shouldn't expect any fewer episodes than that from the team if when Season 4 does finally premiere. Should more episodes come from the season, obviously that will impact the amount of seasons the series will need before restructuring another renewal with Adult Swim.