After what feels like years of waiting, we finally know when season four of Rick & Morty will arrive, and there is still a bit of a wait. The highly-anticipated fourth season of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s animated cult classic will launch on Adult Swim this year, I’ll let the stars of the show break the news below.
That’s right, November this year will see the return of everybody’s favourite mad scientist and his grandson on their interdimensional shenanigans. After much negotiation, Rick & Morty received a massive 70 episode pick-up which would keep the show on the air for many seasons to come. However, given the long gaps between seasons, fans were concerned that it could take the best part of 15 years for that many episodes to be completed. Roiland addressed at the time of the bumper renewal stating that they were planning to map out multiple seasons and upscale the production team to avoid long gaps, hopefully.
“For the first time ever, we’re locked in, we know what the future is, we have job security. [Dan] 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.”
While many of us were hoping for more than ten episodes a season, it does appear that ten is the magic number for Harmon & Roiland. The huge episode order either neatly fits into seven seasons, or we could be looking at periodic specials scattered throughout six or even five new seasons. The key take home here is that Rick & Morty are back this year, and that can only be a good thing. UK fans will be able to watch season four on E4 shortly after the US broadcast.