Relax, “Rick and Morty” fans, you can breathe a sigh of relief.
The long night of uncertainty is over. Everyone’s favorite dark sci-fi animated comedy will be returning.
There had been (baseless, unfounded) rumors that “Rick and Morty” might not return for a forth season. Some fans were beginning to worry that the show might have been quietly dropped after last year’s offering.
I can’t imagine Adult Swim would really have let this show disappear that easily. Instead, they’ve done the opposite, ordering a whopping 70 episodes of the show.
Considering that there are currently only 31 episodes of “Rick and Morty”, we’re going to be getting plenty more of this show over the next decade.
That said, this isn’t an indication that “Rick and Morty” is going to return any time soon.
Creative heads Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are infamously slow at making this show. Every episode is crafted so carefully that it takes an awful long time to finish a short season, let alone something as mammoth as this new undertaking.
So, while work is finally moving forward on “Rick and Morty” season four, maybe don’t hold your breath just yet. This is a long way away.
Frankly, that’s no bad thing.
Patience is a Virtue
As enthusiastic as the “Rick and Morty” fanbase can be, the show has picked up a pretty bad reputation recently.
First there was the entire Szechuan sauce debacle, as McDonald’s mismanaged a manipulative special event and ultimately riled up fans to the point of hooliganism.
Then there were the accusations of harassment from Harmon, and the reports that the writer’s room for “Rick and Morty” isn’t exactly a comfortable environment for everyone.
Maybe a few years off the air will help clear the air a bit. Maybe fans will calm down, and the world behind the scenes can become more inclusive and less inherently creepy and disturbing.
Plus, crucially, having extra development time means that the team behind the show can produce the best possible episodes. This is a win-win for everyone.