Of all the major series events to hit 2017, the one that shines bright in our memory is the long-awaited season three of Rick and Morty.
Looking forward to getting your teeth into some new episodes soon? Dream on. Because it looks as though show creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are in no hurry to deliver a fourth season.
In a recent interview with Detroit Cast writer and producer on the show Ryan Ridley had a bit of a rant about just how long it's taking to prepare the next round of episodes. He vented:
"I’m just shocked that it’s taking – we got done writing season 3 in November of last year and here we are 11 months later. And then I know how long the show takes to write, let alone animate, so it’s just like, I’d be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air any sooner than 2019 – in late 2019.
He then goes on to lament:
"They really take their time. I never understood why everybody — all parties, Dan [Harmon], Justin [Roiland], and Adult Swim — didn’t get their shit together, and make the show fast. I just don’t get it. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I’m sure they all have their reasons."
"It’s crazy," he continued, before really drumming in his point with a Morty quote. "Get your shit together, you guys. Get it all together and put it in a backpack."
Dan Harmon is known for his notoriously slow and deliberate creative process, which was said to be a big problem when he was working on Community for NBC. Luckily, Adult Swim is much more flexible about deadlines and doesn't seem to be putting any pressure on the writers.
Given the complexity of season three's storylines, which gave us a whole of range of alternative universes, we can't blame the team for taking its time. Fingers crossed it won't actually take until the end of 2019, though...