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? So why hasn’t it all come together yet? Here, we’re running down the list of everything we know so far about Rick and Morty‘s fourth potential season.
Is Rick And Morty Season 4 Even Happening, Morty?
The short answer is, “probably.” But at this time, Adult Swim has yet to grant the animated series an official Season 4 renewal. Without that renewal, 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. Harmon has assured concerned fans that Turner, parent company to Adult Swim, is wanting to make more seasons that continue to build on the show’s success. However, there are still details that need to be hashed out on both sides before Season 4 can officially earn all of our anticipation.
When Would Rick And Morty Season 4 Premiere, Morty?
With Season 4 not yet officially approved by Adult Swim, it’s hard to say exactly when Rick and Morty could return, but we do have some general speculation to go off of, based on the past and on the show’s staff. 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. And nothing has gone forward since then, so it still stands.
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 good enough to go to air, considering nothing has been written yet. 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.
How Many Episodes Could Rick And Morty Season 4 Last, Morty?
A Rick and Morty season is typically good for ten episodes, with the series having exceeded that number once, with eleven episodes in Season 1, with the pilot being included. The 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 it all comes together. If 14 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 and when Season 4 does finally premiere.