Why It’s Good That We Might Not See “Rick and Morty” Season 4 Until 2020

Matthew Loffhagen
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Bad news, “Ricky and Morty” fans: season four of the popular show probably isn’t coming for another two years.

(McDonald’s employees nationwide can breathe a sigh of relief.)

Ryan Ridley, a writer on the cartoon series, has spoken out recently about the painfully slow process of creating a season of “Rick and Morty”, complaining that things really should be moving faster:

“I’m just shocked that it’s taking – we got done writing season 3 in November of last year and here we are 11 months later. And then I know how long the show takes to write, let alone animate, so it’s just like, I’d be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air any sooner than 2019 – in late 2019.

“They really take their time. I never understood why everybody – all parties, Dan [Harmon], Justin [Roiland], and Adult Swim – didn’t get their s*** 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.

“Get your s*** together, you guys. Get it all together, and put it in a backpack.”

Of course, while Ridley claims that we won’t get more “Rick and Morty” until late 2019, even this seems optimistic to anyone who’s familiar with the series of delays that season three faced.

If Ridley thinks the show is coming back next year, it’s probably worth assuming that it’ll take another six months on top of that, as “Rick and Morty” always seems to slide back.

Rick and Morty Guns
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That said, this is no bad thing. A lengthy delay is actually a sign that “Rick and Morty” isn’t going to slide in quality any time soon.

As Ridley points out, it’s most definitely possible to make a season of an animated show faster than Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are currently managing.

With speed, though, also comes cut corners, lazy writing, rushed editing, and lackluster entertainment.

It’s rare for any kind of television show to maintain quality over several seasons, let alone one that’s so reliant on oddball dark humor. The longer that “Rick and Morty” season four takes to arrive on Adult Swim, the more polished the show will be once it arrives.

The only real danger here is that, in the time it takes to make more “Rick and Morty”, humor trends will move so far that the show will feel old-fashioned and quaint.

Rick and Morty Cloning
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It’s worth assuming, though, that as entertainment trends move forward, so too will the writing on this cartoon series.

It’s going to be a long time before we get any new “Rick and Morty”, but chances are, it’ll be worth the wait.

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