Rick and Morty has not been renewed for season four, according to one of the cartoon’s writers.
Co-creator Dan Harmon confirmed he hadn’t been writing new episodes for the ridiculously popular Adult Swim show.
The reason? The network hasn’t ordered any further episodes.
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Harmon was sent a tweet which read:
Quit wasting time and go finish the next R&M season, you lazy alcoholic. Run the Jewels can get the animators to make a music video, but we’re waiting on them for the next season? Nah, we’re waiting on you to finish writing it, like that f****n’ book. [sic]
He then replied:
I hear ya, tough spot. On one hand, it can be challenging, especially with crippling lazy alcoholism, to write a show that hasn’t been ordered by a network. On the other hand, the thought that fans like you pay the price…I mean…I’m gonna grab a drink
I hear ya, tough spot. On one hand, it can be challenging, especially with crippling lazy alcoholism, to write a show that hasn’t been ordered by a network. On the other hand, the thought that fans like you pay the price…I mean…I’m gonna grab a drink https://t.co/mvn9nthxCE
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) March 17, 2018
Earlier in the year, another of the show’s writers, Ryan Ridley, revealed the show had not even entered production, meaning the new season could potentially not come out in 2018, or even 2019.
He pointed out the scripts for Ricky and Morty’s third season wrapped in November 2016 and aired eight months later on Adult Swim.
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.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Harmon 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.
Rick and Morty has now been renewed for 70 more episodes.