Rick and Morty will be returning in the near-ish future with season 4. Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, Adult Swim's dark, sci-fi comedy following the titular mad scientist and his grandson is one of the biggest shows on in the multiverse, and with 70 new episodes on the way, it isn't going anywhere.
- Release Date: TBA
- Cast: Justin Roiland, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell
- Directors: TBA
- Writers: Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon
Last updated: February 17, 2019
Rick and Morty Has Been Renewed For 70 New Episodes
There was a long delay in information on Rick and Morty season 4, with it not officially renewed until well in to 2018. However, on May 10, Justin Roiland revealed some amazing news. Not only was season 4 confirmed, the show had been renewed for a whopping 70 episodes. That presumably means seven more seasons, going by previous runs of ten episodes, but it's possible the forward thinking will lead to a change up.
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Rick and Morty Season 4 Is Expected To Premiere in 2019
Although its third season wrapped up in October of 2017, there is currently no release date for Rick & Morty season 4. Unexpectedly complex contract negotiations with parent company Turner Broadcasting led to a delay, and even though the show has now been renewed well beyond season 4, we don't know exactly when it will return. The show's writers began working on new episodes in June 2018, and Justin Roiland has said that there will no longer be lengthy hiatuses between seasons, so expect to see new episodes some time in 2019.
Returning Cast Members for Rick and Morty Season 4
While the show's uncertain future prevented any official announcements, Rick and Morty's full voice cast is expected back in season 4. Series co-creator Justin Roiland will return as Rick Sanchez, the alcoholic genius super scientist, as well as Morty Smith, Rick's dimwitted grandson. Roiland also generally voices dozens of background and supporting characters. Spencer Grammer will return as Summer, Morty's older sister who has increasingly become an integral part of the titular duo's adventures. Sarah Chalke will return as Beth Smith, Morty and Summer's mother who is more like her father than she'd care to admit. Rounding out the main cast is Chris Parnell as Jerry Smith, Beth's bumbling, pathetic husband.
Rick and Morty Season 3 Ended By Putting Things Back To Normal
Season 3 was arguably the darkest year yet for Rick and Morty. After Rick escaped capture and thwarted an alien invasion of Earth, Beth divorced Jerry and the family largely spun out of control. Rick reached new levels of irresponsibility, turning himself into a pickle to avoid family therapy, accidentally murdering the intergalactic superhero team the Vindicators, and relentlessly trolling the President of the United States. Developments at the Citadel of Ricks figure to have longterm ramifications, but things took an unexpected turn in the finale, with Beth and Jerry reconciling and the show hinting at something of a soft reboot to the status quo of season 1.
The Story for Rick and Morty Season 4
Little is known about what direction Rick and Morty's season 4 storyline might take. Dan Harmon has suggested that little to no actual writing had been done in light of the show's lack of an official renewal.
That said, it seems likely the show will revisit some of its ongoing arcs, like Evil Morty's conquering of the Citadel of Ricks, and Birdperson's resurrection as the cyborg Phoenixperson. The show will also probably tackle Beth and Jerry's reconciliation, much to Rick's chagrin. Beyond those broad strokes, there's simply not much known about where the story goes next.
Rick and Morty Season 4 Will Keep Its Core Writers
Barring something cataclysmic, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland will remain Rick and Morty's head writers and showrunners for season 4. The pair created the show and have been the key creative voice on the show so far.
Dan Guterman, Ryan Ridley, and Tom Kauffman are all longtime collaborators on the show, but have not been announced as returning for season four yet; Ridley did recently comment on the pending production, suggesting he's likely returning whenever the show returns. Unfortunately, Jessica Gao - wrote the Emmy-winning episode "Pickle Rick," will not be part of the season 4 writers room, as she is leaving to work on her own new show.
No Directors Are Confirmed for Rick and Morty Season 4
There have been no confirmed directors for Rick and Morty's fourth season. The show does have a core of directors that have been regulars since season 2 who seem likely to return, including Juan Meza-León, Dominic Polcino, and Bryan Newton; Newton was the only holdover from the show's first season.
Two Teasers For Rick and Morty Season 4 Have Been Released
While there may not be a proper trailer with footage from Rick and Morty season 4, there have been a couple of rather odd teasers released. The first is done in the style of an anime opening and feature stylized versions of Rick, Morty, Beth, and Summer - as well as nods to some of their previous adventures. It's possible that this snippet was created for season 4, but it's also possible that it was simply created as a fun tease for fans:
The second teaser, also just 15 seconds long, is perhaps even weirder. It features Rick and Morty in a variety of different manifestations (for example, Rick as Godzilla and Morty as Mothra, and Rick as a hippo eating a poor Morty-bird), with "Rick. Morty. Rick. Morty," repeating over a techno score. It's about as surreal as everything we've come to expect from the show, and it ends with an intriguing close-up of Evil Morty:
Rick. Morty. Rick. Morty. Rick. Morty. pic.twitter.com/kQPqGVQ62m— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) January 3, 2019
There Is No Rick and Morty Season 4 Trailer
There may not be a trailer for Rick and Morty's fourth season, but that doesn't mean we don't have any new Rick and Morty content. In addition to the above teasers, the titular pair starred in a super violent, Pulp Fiction-inspired music video for hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, and Adult Swim aired a bizarre Australian parody version of the show on April Fools Day called "Bushworld Adventures." McDonald's also continues to promote their Szechuan Sauce based on its renewed popularity from its reference in the show.
There Is No Rick and Morty Season 4 Poster Yet
There is currently no poster or promotional artwork for season 4 of Rick and Morty. We'll update when Adult Swim begins its promotional push for the much anticipated season.
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