‘Rick & Morty’ Showrunners Give an Update on That Long-Awaited Fourth Season
Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have finally broken their silence on the long-awaited fourth season of their cult cartoon, Rick & Morty. After a two year hiatus between season two and three, fans of the show have had to wait even longer than that for new episodes. As if prompted by a giant face in the sky demanding that they “SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT”, Harmon and Roiland just gave an interview to update people on their progress with the new season.
“I think it’s safe to say without fear of being wrong that the gap between seasons 3 and 4 will be the longest and last time that it’s ever so long that it’s ridiculous,” Harmon told Entertainment Weekly.” I don’t know how fast we can do it, but I know it will never be this long again… I feel like a naughty boy when I’m late.”
The prolonged hiatus was due to an on-going contract negotiation between the two showrunners and Adult Swim. Harmon and Roiland have now secured a deal with the network to make 70 new episodes of the series, the first ten of which will form the fourth season. “It’s a lot of stories we want to tell, a lot to do, but it’s great,” said Roiland. “Job security like that does not come easy in this town.”
And Harmon is hopeful that this new agreement with Adult Swim will keep them on schedule when it comes to future seasons. “Not to get anyone’s hopes up, but it is structured into our deal that if we’re going strong and fast there are options to deliver more episodes at a time. Adult Swim can say, ‘These are on time and great. Do you want to do more instead of taking a break?’ And we can then do more. I’d like to see that day. Just knowing it’s possible makes me eager for it.”
The show, which is kind of like a cartoon version of Doctor Who if the Time Lord were a genius who also happens to be an alcoholic jerk, has garnered a fervently passionate fan base. Harmon and Roiland know this, and they’ve been peppering in callbacks, running jokes and on-going developments in the new season that will reward longtime viewers. “Without giving anything away, we have serialized stuff we check in on now and then that’s sprinkled over the top of strong episodic episodes,” said Roiland. “To fans of the show, they’re going to want to watch them in order.”
Fans will finally be able to watch the fourth season of Rick & Morty when it starts airing in November.
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