Fans of Rick and Morty have been clamoring for any news related to when season three might finally premiere. It was first thought the series would return towards the end of 2016, but that didn’t happen. While they may be more patient than fans of other series, the people awaiting new episodes of what has been called the most scientifically accurate animated comedy are getting anxious, which may be why co-creator Dan Harmon spoke out today via an interview on Indiewire addressing the delay in the premiere of season three.
Harmon commented on the nature of the season as well as the delays in keeping it from its premiere (No date has yet been set):
If [co-creator] Justin [Roiland] were here he’d agree. He and I would go, ‘Yeah, we fucked up,’ and it’s hard to put your finger on how we fucked up. Rick and Morty keeps taking longer and longer to write, and I don’t know why.
We have fights all the time and then we have fights about why we’re having fights. Well, we didn’t fight during Season 2, that’s why it’s taking longer: all this fighting! So okay, let’s stop fighting.
Creative differences could lead to better programming or it could lead to even longer delays. Harmon doesn’t go into why the two are fighting or how severe their disagreements might be, but they are sure to be working hard to ensure season three’s episodes will be as good as is humanly possible.
Harmon did follow-up his interview with a couple of Tweets further explaining the nature of their fights:
2. The "fights" also aren't what you call a fight when you have one in your home or street. I'm talking about fights like "what joke to do."
— (((Dan Harmon))) (@danharmon) January 25, 2017
It’s unlikely anyone reading this is unfamiliar with the series, but just in case, here’s a synopsis:
Rick and Morty is Adult Swim’s most scientifically accurate animated comedy. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, it catalogues the bizarre misadventures of a bored scientific genius/drunkard and his socially awkward grandson, Morty. Their exploits tend to have unintended consequences for Morty’s dysfunctional family, especially his unfailingly mediocre father, Jerry.
Though it hasn’t been confirmed by Adult Swim, there are rumored to be 14 episodes ordered for the season making it the longest thus far. At the conclusion of season two, the after-credits scene favored fans with a new appearance of Mr. Poopybutthole who theorized the next season might not premiere for another 18 months—a reference to the time lapse between seasons one and two. Unfortunately, his prediction may come to pass given that season two concluded with “The Wedding Squanchers” on October 4th, 2015.
At the end of the episode, Rick was imprisoned by the galactic empire with no perceived hope of escape. The family returned to Earth to find it a newly-inducted member of the alliance with aliens walking around as tourists. Jerry gets a job after taking some antidepressants offered to him by a helpful robot and things were looking somewhat up for the Smith family. Fans have been speculating since the episode concluded on how Rick might be able to escape, even postulating that a fan-favorite character may return from the dead to save him. As fan theories go, many for Rick and Morty make a lot of sense, but it’s anyone’s guess at this point what might come to pass when Rick and Morty finally returns sometime this year.