While many popular TV shows rarely leave it more than a year between seasons, Adult Swim’s hugely popular animated series Rick & Morty has, so far, appeared less frequently. There was an 18-month wait between between Seasons 2 and 3, and the build-up to Season 4 has been even longer–more than two years will have passed by the time it arrives in November. Now Rick & Morty creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have spoken about the upcoming season and assured fans that they’ll never have to wait that long for another season again.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Harmon and Roiland alluded to the protracted contract negotiations that delayed Season 4 but ultimately led to a deal ensuring another 70 episodes of Rick & Morty.
“I think it’s safe to say without fear of being wrong that the gap between Seasons 3 and 4 will be the longest and last time that it’s ever so long that it’s ridiculous,” Harmon said. “I don’t know how fast we can do it, but I know it will never be this long again. There were so many things that had to be settled before we even started Season 4, and it’s really safe to say we’re literally writing Season 5 while finishing Season 4 just to force ourselves to commit to a certain schedule.”
The pair confirmed that Season 4 will consist of 10 episodes, and while they were reluctant to reveal many details, they did hint at what fans can expect. “Without giving anything away, we have serialized stuff we check in on now and then that’s sprinkled over the top of strong episodic episodes,” Roiland said. “To fans of the show, they’re going to want to watch them in order. [And] I would definitely say watch all of Season 3 before Season 4.”
Rick & Morty will feature at San Diego Comic-Con, which is currently underway. The Rick & Morty panel takes place on Friday, July 19 at 1 PM PT, at the Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront. In the EW interview, Harmon teased the panel. “Justin is going to kick me under the desk here, but I’ve been pushing to show at Comic-Con an animatic for an episode that we aborted in the early stages,” he revealed. “We could fix it, but fixing it would take as long as doing a new episode.”
Roiland also spoke about the biggest incident of the show’s last SDCC appearance, in 2017: the McDonald’s Szechuan sauce controversy. The fast food giant released a limited edition version of the sauce, that was last sold in the 1990s and was referenced in a Season 3 episode of Rick & Morty. Unfortunately demand was so high that many fans were unable to get hold of it. “Aside from it being a weird bit of a bummer for everybody, it was also an insane thing we never predicted,” Roiland said. “That joke in our show would have caused giant multibillion dollar corporation to bring back a sauce they used to serve in the late ’90s.”
Although a specific premiere date for Rick & Morty Season 4 has not been announced yet, eager fans can check out one of the new episodes ahead of its TV screening at the Adult Swim Festival. It takes place in Los Angeles and runs from Friday, November 15 to Saturday, November 16, and is described by Adult Swim as a “one-of-a-kind, 360° fan experience.”
For more information about all the panels and events taking place at SDCC, check out GameSpot’s guide to schedules, panels, and news.