Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon has gone on Twitter to post a lengthy thread addressing false reports about the issues holding up the arrival of the show's third season, and begging the internet not to spread any more rumors about the show being canceled. Though the first episode of the bizarre and deeply meaningful animated sci-fi comedy's new season has already been aired, fans are still being kept in an agonizing state of suspense over when the rest of the episodes will come along.
A few months ago, Harmon explained that the long wait for Rick and Morty season 3 was due to him and co-creator Justin Roiland taking longer than usual to write the episodes. Harmon at the time would offer no time-frame for the series to return, which made it all the more surprising when the first episode dropped out of the blue on April Fool's Day.
In a new Twitter thread explaining the delay, Harmon spoke with his usual combination of candor and self-criticism, going into some depth about his own feelings of frustration not only with the delays but the reporting being done on the internet about the show's future.
A hungover thread where I address Rick and Morty devotees because I feel bad for any fan worrying about any show-threatening issue:
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 24, 2017
Justin and I are very regretful about the season taking way too long. I want to explain "what happened" because it's way less dramatic than you might ever imagine. Post internet TV audiences are so used to finding out there's an intriguing/confusing/intense reason 4 delays And C***st knows if you've ever seen MY name on the internet I've only got myself to blame for an association with intrigue/confusion/drama but the truth in this case is so very boring...the reason S3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was S3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than S2 or S1.
Harmon then went into some (rambling) depth about his internal creative conflicts before addressing the main thing that seemed to be on his mind: The rumors flying around the internet about him and Justin Roiland fighting and Rick and Morty possibly being canceled as a result of their differences:
As I speak, more articles are coming out about me and Justin fighting. Because it's a less boring reason for a season to take long, and because I'm Dan Harmon, so it's a smart f**king first guess, it just happens to be hilariously not true even in the slightest. If you do know of me at all you know that if Justin and I HAD ever fought, not only wouldn't we be able to keep it secret, we'd be all too eager to share it with you. Also, that's not what would make the show slow down! Fighting probably would have been a good idea, it might have sped us up.
He then made a plea on behalf of Rick and Morty fans for people to knock off the irresponsible speculation about the future of the show:
It breaks my heart to think of some kid reading one of these clickbait pieces after all the energy that kid has put into fandom. The show by my metric, which is people seeing my tee shirts and saying "I love that show" has like the craziest reach of anything I've been A part of. So..it makes sense that when you take something that loved and delay it this long and let the internet simmer, you get this stuff.
One thing you know about Harmon: If you put something out there he doesn't like, he's going to address it, probably while hungover and packing for the airport. And after all that we still have no idea when the rest of Rick and Morty season 3 will be coming along. Harmon himself is preparing to embark on a new creative endeavor, an eSports-related comedy for YouTube Red.
Source: Dan Harmon