Rick and Morty Season 4 has officially entered production, according to the co-creator of the popular Cartoon Network series, Justin Roiland. The show received a massive 70-episode renewal back in May, and now it sounds like the creative minds behind the series have wasted no time getting back to work.
“It’s exciting, it’s a little surreal,” Roiland said in an interview with Polygon. “Even just being in the writer’s room for half the day every day this week, the ideas are … it’s going to be great.”
Roiland confirmed in the same interview that the gap between the show’s seasons will become shorter. Rick and Morty is infamous for its extended breaks between seasons — the gap between the show’s second and third season lasted 18 months.
Now, though, it sounds like Roiland and series co-creator Dan Harmon have found a rhythm that works, much of which can be chalked up to the 70-episode order.
“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.”
Roiland did not offer a solid date for Rick and Morty‘s return, but did hint that fans may not have to wait very long into 2019 for Season 4.
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