It has been a long wait, but the fourth season of Rick and Morty is finally coming this November, and people are waiting on an SDCC panel that would likely give us our first full trailer. Showrunners Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are painfully aware of the long wait between seasons, but they promise that won’t happen again.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, the showrunners confirm that they’ve already started work on Rick and Morty 5. When asked about the following seasons, they said:
ROILAND: We’re rolling right into the next batch. The plan has always been to get them out quicker.
HARMON: 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. 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 — as Justin says — we’re literally writing season 5 while finishing season 4 just to force ourselves to commit to a certain schedule.
Fans rejoiced when it was announced that Rick and Morty had been greenlit for 70 more episodes of Adult Swim, but we were kind of in the dark on how the showrunners planned to split that. As it turns out, Season 4 is only going to contain 10 episodes, and if they decide to follow this pattern moving forward, we have a solid six more seasons of Rick and Morty.
Though having more episodes a season sounds ideal, I think we have to look at this from a writers’ perspective. The last three seasons were great, but I think it’s because writers were given enough time and a compact number of episodes. I think spreading the show out into 24 episodes a season could affect the writing, and I’d rather have 10 great episodes than 24 mediocre ones.
At least that’s my opinion.
Rick and Morty 4 is set to come out this November. The SDCC panel takes place on July 19.