April Fools’ Day ended here on the east coast a couple of hours ago, but not before one brilliant final trick was pulled off. We’ve been wondering for a long time now when Rick and Morty season three would finally premiere, and now we have an answer: it already premiered.
No announcement, no promos, not even a listing on your TV guides (so if you have it set to record only new episodes automatically, you missed out). Nothing at all, but a quick “Hey, there’s a new episode on right now!” via the Twitter. And many missed it because they didn’t believe it was true, including myself. But there’s still a way!
The first episode, titled “The Rickshank Rickdemption,” streamed (I believe multiple times) on Adult Swim, and I’m hoping it will play again at least once when the episodes air again in a couple of hours, though it sounds like it’s finished and over on the east coast and running until 12AM out west. If you missed it on TV it has been streaming online as well. And it looks to be live too, so you might need to try at the start of each new half hour mark or you’ll end up dropping into the middle of the episode.
Sadly it does not appear that the new season of Rick and Morty has now begun, however. This is just an evil genius level April Fools’ Day gag, the very best one could hope for, and the new season will officially kick off sometimes this summer.
The season three premiere is only available in select regions, and I have no idea how long it will be available for, but you can find the live stream video over at Adult Swim right now if you want to try to catch it before it disappears!
Here’s a bunch of tweets from just before it was announced, when it was announced, during the episode, and after.