Rick and Morty Season 4 has finally officially entered production. The outrageous and wildly successful Cartoon Network series signed on for a whopping 70 episode renewal (May). And according to Justin Roiland (co-creator), they are back!
Earlier this month, Dan Harmon (co-creator) indicated he and Roiland negotiated an extended renewal to give their writers (and themselves) breathing room and job security.
“We‘re super excited that, for the first time ever, we’re locked in, we know what the future is, we have job security,” said Roiland. “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.” Read more at Polygon.
The wait and speed for new episodes has been at a glacier place. Roiland confirmed in a recent interview (Polygon) the gap between shows and seasons will become shorter. Rick and Morty have a fan base that is painfully aware of the infamous nature and tendency toward extended breaks between seasons. The long gap between the second and third season lasted 18 months.
While no firm date for Rick and Morty‘s return has been set, fans were teased they may not have to wait very long into 2019 for Season 4. Let’s not forget the words we heard in a post-credits scene (finale of season three). Where fans saw the return of Mr. Poopybutthole, who casually stated that season four might not be happening for a “really long time” – and he could even have grandkids and a beard by the time the next season starts.
How many episodes?
Although not yet confirmed we know Seasons 1-3 have all featured 10 or 11 episodes.
While talking to Entertainment Weekly, Harmon touched on creating 14 episodes for season 4,: “I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, “Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong, so we’re not listening to you now.” “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.”
Plot & Story?
Like a colorful and chaotic cartoon soap opera season 3 left us with loads of questions and possibilities. Is there a Clone Beth? Does it even matter? Is Bird person now Phoenix person? What happened to Evil Morty?
Initially, there were plans for the third season to have 14 episodes however they ended up with ten. With this in mind having unexplored characters and stories seems inline.
In case you missed it there was a tiny clue left about the possible content of season 4. In the season 3 finale, Beth says surrounded by her family “in many ways things will be like season 1 but more streamlined.”
For this fan the new season can’t come fast enough…Pickle Rick Baby!