Things aren’t looking so great for Rick and Morty fans.
You’d be pleased to know I’m not talking about cancellation or anything like that, but it’s with a heavy heart that I pass on the news that season four of the hit cartoon will probably not arrive until 2019.
In a recent podcast interview, one of the show’s writers, Ryan Ridley, revealed that the show had not even entered production, meaning the new season could potentially not come out in 2019 at all.
He pointed out that the scripts for Ricky and Morty’s third season wrapped in November 2016 and aired eight months later on Adult Swim.
Hypebeast reported Ridley said:
They really take their time. I never understood why everybody — all parties, Dan, Justin, and Adult Swim — didn’t get their shit together, and make the show fast. I just don’t get it. It doesn’t make any sense to me.
I’m sure they all have their reasons. I know how long this show takes to write, let alone animate. I’d be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air anytime sooner than 2019… late 2019. Get your shit together, you guys. Get it all together, and put it in a backpack.
Co-creator Dan Harmon chatted to Polgyon at New York Comic Con in October 2017, around the time of the infamous Schezwan sauce debacle, that a fourth season was definitely happening. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly a month prior, he disclosed he had no precise date when production would start.
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, 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 [episodes] of season four — prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network — that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes. Because I never got this far [working on NBC’s] Community. I fell apart in season three of Community and got fired in season four. Now I’m about to do season four of Rick and Morty and want to prove that I’ve grown.
Prior to Rick and Morty, Harmon created and produced the NBC comedy series Community.