This month, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim announced that Rick and Morty season 4 Will Premiere In November. This will be the long awaited return of the hit show.
The incredibly popular show has not had anything resembling a normal schedule in its whole existence, but this new announcement may signal the beginning of a more structured release schedule.
In the past, seasons of Rick and Morty came out sporadically, leaving fans guessing when the next season would come. This uncertainty often led to rumors about the show’s future, and at times there were doubts about whether or not a new season would come.
Now, the network is announcing an unprecedented 70 episode renewal for the show, which not only ensures a 4th season, but possibly a 5th, 6th and beyond.
— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMediaGrp) May 15, 2019
The show’s co-creator Justin Roiland told Polygon,“We’re super excited that, for the first time ever, we’re locked in, we know what the future is, we have job security. Harmon is in great spirits, we have a great writer’s room. We want the episodes to stay good, but we do also want to try to turn them around a little quicker now that we have this big order. I think it gives us the ability to be faster.”
“We’re not going to do these long breaks, these chasms in between seasons anymore. We’re going to schedule vacation time and just keep the machine going. It’s going to be really cool,” Roiland added.
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) May 10, 2018
Rick and Morty actually didn’t begin as a smash hit. It wasn’t until the long hiatus between seasons 2 and 3 that Rick and Morty became a viral success.
Another thing that was unclear in previous seasons was the number of episodes that occur in each installment.
While most of the seasons feature just 10 episodes, co-creator Dan Harmon says that they are hoping to extend the seasons to 14 episodes with this new deal.
“I mostly blame myself for doing 10 instead of 14. 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,” Harmon said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
How Many Episodes?
However, Harmon says that even though they have a goal of hitting 14 episodes, they haven’t entirely committed to that exact number yet. This is so the team doesn’t become overwhelmed with expectations and deadlines.
“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,” Harmon said.
This is actually the behind the scenes reason that Rick and Morty Season 3 had a somewhat lukewarm ending when compared with the cliffhanger of season 2.
Harmon explained that episode 10 of season 3 was not actually intended to be the finale. The team was planning on writing 14 shows in total. However, towards the end of the season, the writing team realized that there would only be ten episodes.
This week, the official Rick and Morty Twitter page showed the writing team hard at work.
You might think people don’t look bored in Rick and Morty meetings. You’d be wrong. pic.twitter.com/xBiyB0fZIa
— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) May 22, 2019
Where To Watch Rick and Morty
The new season of Rick and Morty will air in November of 2019, according to the recent announcement.
Other than the Season 3 premiere, all of Rick and Morty Season 3 aired on Sunday nights at 11:30pm EST. Adult Swim made every episode of Rick and Morty available on its website after they aired on television.
Fans expect that the release of season 4 will be running on a similar schedule.
Rick and Morty is no longer streaming on Netflix, but you can currently find them on HULU.
Earlier this year, the UK’s Channel 4 confirmed that they will bring Rick and Morty onto its lineup. Channel 4 will be airing the old episodes in the months leading up to the release of season 4.
Check out the short announcement that Adult Swim recently released for Rick and Morty fans:
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