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Rick and Morty still has not been renewed by Adult Swim, and now series co-creator Dan Harmon has explained the reason for season 4's delay. The brain-child of Community showrunner Harmon and artist/vocal talent Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty has become one of TV's most acclaimed animated shows. Along the way it has accumulated a rabid fanbase, and now that fanbase is clamoring for more Rick and Morty.
But as Harmon made clear in a recent tweet, a fourth season of Rick and Morty is still a long way off. In response to fan complaining, Harmon revealed that Adult Swim still has not ordered Rick and Morty season 4, despite its third season being the biggest ever in terms of ratings and cultural impact. What could possibly cause Adult Swim to balk at bringing back arguably its most significant property?
Harmon has now offered further elaboration on why Rick and Morty's future remains up in the air. In an appearance on Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier's SModcast, Harmon said he and Justin Roiland are bogged down in contract negotiations with Turner Broadcasting, the parent company of Adult Swim:
"The reason we're not working on Rick and Morty right now ain't because I figured out that I don't need to impress you. It's because of a little something called contract negotiations and it's gotten complicated this time around."
Responding to a follower on Twitter, Harmon offered a further blunt lesson in how corporations like Turner work:
By the way, nobody you “go against” will change anything. No side you pick will matter. Nobody is unaware of the show’s impact or financial value. No amount of picket signs or hashtags or tantrums will “awaken” anyone to jack shit. Suits gonna suit. The rest of us gonna wait.
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) March 22, 2018
This of course is not the first time Harmon has gone to war against "the suits" with fans lining up behind him like the Roman legions. Harmon famously battled with NBC throughout the first three seasons of his classic show Community. That battle ended with Harmon being outed as showrunner. But after a fan-hated and critically panned season 4, NBC invited Harmon back. Later, when Community received the axe, Harmon soldiered on for a final season at Yahoo! Plans for a possible Community movie remain in the works, though that's another project that like Rick and Morty is very much up in the air.
Ultimately, it seems certain Rick and Morty will return for at least one more season at Adult Swim. Nothing else on the network inspires the same kind of passion. And surely Roiland and Harmon have many, many more story ideas. After the wild ride of season 3, it would be a crying shame if Rick and Morty came to a premature end because of money. We will see how it all plays out in the coming months (or years). In the meantime, Rick and Morty continue to make cameo appearances in various places. There is even a Rick and Morty VR game to help fans feed their obsession. And if that's not fattening enough, Szechuan sauce will soon be back at McDonald's. And this time everyone will get some.