Rick & Morty writer and producer Ryan Ridley reveals that season four of the beloved show won’t premiere until late 2019.


The show has already become a cult favorite, probably because of its impeccable writing and plotlines. As such, the time between seasons is greater than most shows, leaving fans wanting more. In an interview with the Detroit Cast, Ridley shared that he hasn’t begun working on the fourth season, and he’s sure no other writers have either.

“They really take their time. I never understood why everybody — all parties, Dan [Harmon], Justin [Roiland], and Adult Swim — didn’t get their s–t together, and make the show fast,” Ridley admitted. “I just don’t get it. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I’m sure they all have their reasons.”

Adult Swim, the channel on which the show airs, hasn’t gotten an official order for a fourth season, but Ridley is confident it will happen. “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,” he explained. “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.”

Creator Dan Harmon, however, also recently teased the possibility of a longer season four in a 2017 interview with Entertainment Weekly, and shared that he already had a lot of exciting ideas. Better yet, some are even completely written. “I’m still learning how to do the show efficiently while catering to the perfectionist in all of us. I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 [episodes] now, but then I have to say, ‘Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now,'” he explained. “The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season 4 — prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network — that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes. Because I never got this far [working on NBC’s] Community. I fell apart in season 3 of Community and got fired in season 4. Now I’m about to do season 4 of Rick and Morty and want to prove that I’ve grown.”

He also spoke briefly about his process of writing and allowing himself to fail and grow. “If an episode grows from one [idea] into an entirely different [idea] that’s still no better than the first, maybe we’re writing wrong,” he said. “But we don’t back off on stuff so much as we say ‘maybe later’ and move on. We have a pretty hefty shoebox from season 3 of ideas that are ready to go. Some are fully written, in fact.”

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