We’ve already had a “wait, what?” moment with Rick and Morty when the premiere episode for the long-awaited third season was surprise aired on April Fools’ Day almost one year ago. The wait from season two to season three was nearly two years for fans, so it was clear that the wait to season four would also be lengthy.
Like other popular shows such as Game of Thrones and Stranger Things, it looked likely we wouldn’t be seeing new Rick and Morty until at least 2019. That could still happen, but it turns out that one rather crucial step in creating a new season is the network actually ordering it. Who’da thunkit?! Despite the show being immensely popular and a season four seeming like a no-brainer, it appears that Adult Swim has not actually given the greenlight yet.
This minor detail was unveiled when someone on Twitter who goes by the name DJ Wise Pariah (a self-described “Artist, Producer, DJ, Ethnomusicologist” with eight followers) decided to demand that Dan Harmon, co-creator of Rick and Morty along with Justin Roiland, get to work:
Quit wasting time and go finish the next R&M season, you lazy alcoholic. Run the Jewels can get the animators to make a music video, but we're waiting on them for the next season? Nah, we're waiting on you to finish writing it, like that fuckin book.
Instead of going off on the commenter or ignoring them entirely, Harmon said this, which included the news that season four hasn’t been ordered:
I hear ya, tough spot. On one hand, it can be challenging, especially with crippling lazy alcoholism, to write a show that hasn’t been ordered by a network. On the other hand, the thought that fans like you pay the price…I mean…I’m gonna grab a drink https://t.co/mvn9nthxCE
Of course fans of the show who actually have a soul were quick to assure him that they appreciate what they’ve created in Rick and Morty. But one couldn’t help but ask if Harmon regrets anything because of people like this, to which he responded:
No. No no. It means the show is popular. Humanity is 10 percent garbage. When you see a garbage person digging your favorite shit, don’t think “okay I’m done,” think, “oh wow, nine cool people dig my favorite shit.” https://t.co/JkmXghmu1Q
So who knows what’s really going on. I’d be shocked if there was no season four at all, but the fact that it hasn’t at least been ordered by Adult Swim so the team can get to work on it is quite confusing and a little bit worrisome.
For now I’ll just pretend that, in their excitement for the show’s success, Adult Swim plumb forgot to greenlight the new season and all of this will remind them to get on the necessary paperwork. Or maybe this is all a brilliant plan to top last year’s April Fools’ Day surprise! But probably not.