Adult Swim's Rick and Morty has become one of the hottest shows on television. Even though it takes long breaks between seasons, fans haven't lost interest and continue to be invested in this wild animated series.
In May 2018, the show's co-creator Justin Roiland revealed in a tweet that Rick and Morty had been renewed for another 70 episodes. A month later, Roiland revealed that production had started for Season 4. He didn't offer an official air date but did hint at late 2019 at the very latest. What about the other facts and rumors we've heard and that you need to know about Rick and Morty Season 4?
Unlike a lot of other animated shows, Rick and Morty never relied on massive Hollywood names to make it successful. While the show features a plethora of characters spread across the different episodes, the main cast stays consistent. This includes Roiland as Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith; Sarah Chalke as Morty's mother and Rick's daughter, Beth; Chris Parnell as Morty's father, Jerry; and Spencer Grammer as Morty's sister, Summer.
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Considering that Roiland voices both the main characters, it's a safe bet that there will be no changes to them. Additionally, there's been no news of cast members leaving the production, so it should be business as usual for Season 4 — something that'll surely delight the fans. After all, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
The first two seasons of Rick and Morty involved Rick taking his grandson Morty on interdimensional adventures that put him and his family at risk. By the end of the first season, it was revealed that Rick chose Morty as his companion because his inferior brain waves neutralized Rick's genius brain waves and made him undetectable. Season 2 started to show the cracks in the relationship between Rick and his family, as Morty questioned the morality of what they did, and Jerry wasn't ecstatic by what was happening around him, either. Proving that he did love his family, Rick surrendered himself to the Galactic Federation to protect them at the end of Season 2.
When Season 3 rolled in, Rick had escaped the Federation's prison and was up to his old tricks again. Unlike the cliffhanger for Season 2, the third season of Rick and Morty ended on a brighter note. Much of the season was centered on the fallout of Jerry and Beth's separation—because of Rick—and the rest of the family challenged Rick and his oddball ways. So, it was welcome to see Beth and Jerry reconcile, and the Smith family (including Rick) in a happier place by the last episode.
Of course, this happiness will only be short-lived, as Rick is likely to... well... be Rick, and throw various spanners into the works. There have been no details of what to expect from Season 4's storyline, except for Mr. Poopybutthole's promise that he'll return, along with his family.
An anime-inspired teaser trailer was released for Season 4, but it really doesn't leave us with any information of what's coming next.
The good news is, the wait between subsequent seasons is likely to be less. "We want the episodes to stay good, but we do also want to try to turn them around a little quicker now that we have this big order, I think it gives us the ability to be faster," Roiland said. "We're not going to do these long breaks, these chasms in between seasons anymore. We're going to schedule vacation time and just keep the machine going. It's going to be really cool."
It'll be interesting to see what new twists the producers have for the upcoming season. Perhaps a little bit more of Pickle Rick is on the cards? One can only hope.
Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, Rick and Morty stars Justin Roiland, Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell, and Spencer Grammer. Season 4 will debut on Adult Swim in 2019.