As Rick and Morty’s third season wrapped up, fans started wondering when they might get their next fix. For the second time in a row, the pale pill-shaped happy boy Mr. Poopybutthole appeared in a post-credits scene after the finale to offer a ballpark. “See you for season four in, like, a really long time,” says Poopybutthole in the episode ‘The Rickchurian Mortydate.’
Yeah, it looks like it’ll be “a really long time.”
At the end of ‘The Wedding Squanchers,” the second season finale, Poopybutthole estimated it’d be a year and a half while rolling around in pizza filth. That time frame turned out to be somewhat accurate as Rick and Morty suddenly returned on April Fool’s Day of 2017. According to one of the show’s writers, fans will have to wait on their hands even longer this time.
Speaking on a podcast, Rick and Morty writer Ryan Ridley confessed that no one, not him nor Dan Harmon nor Justin Roiland, have really begun working on the fourth season yet. “They really take their time,” said Ridley. “I never understood why everybody, all parties, Dan, Justin, and Adult Swim, didn’t get their shit together and make the show fast. I just don’t get it. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I’m sure they all have their reasons.”
Ridley said that there was an eight-month gap between the debut of Rick and Morty’s third season in 2017 and the completion of the scripts. Based on that metric, Ridley assumes that we may have to wait until the end of 2019 for new episodes. That would make the gap nearly two years, the longest hiatus the show has had so far. This is mere child’s play to The Venture Bros. fans who have had to wait an average of three years between seasons. Just saying.
Rick and Morty is network Adult Swim’s biggest show to date. While the network has managed to capture younger audiences with shows like Tim & Eric and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Rick and Morty has been their crossover hit. The most recent finale had more than two million tuning in live.
“Sorry I never showed up,” apologized Mr. Poopybutthole at the end of the third season. “I got married, I had a baby, I went back to school, got my GED. What did you do while you were waiting? Hopefully, you didn’t just fuck around and waste your life! Ooh wee!”