Last weekend, Ricky and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon tweeted out a very ominous response to a fan who was eagerly awaiting the fourth season of the hit Adult Swim TV show and was a bit disrespectful while doing so. “I hear ya, tough spot. On one hand, it can be challenging, especially with crippling lazy alcoholism, to write a show that hasn’t been ordered by a network. On the other hand, the thought that fans like you pay the price…I mean…I’m gonna grab a drink,” Harmon tweeted.
This sent Rick and Morty fans into a whirlwind of wild speculation and depression. Everyone needs to calm TF down. There is a perfectly valid explanation for the reason for no new episodes of Rick and Morty for the foreseeable future — contract negotiations. The nasty business side of the entertainment industry to rear its ugly head. Harmon explained the delay of Season 4 on Kevin Smith’s Smodcast podcast.
“….I don’t want any ‘Rick and Morty’ fan hearing that and going like ‘Harmon’s on Smith’s podcast and he’s talking about how it’s great how he takes as much time off as he wants.’ The reason why we’re not working on ‘Rick and Morty’ right now ain’t because I figured out that I don’t need to impress you (laughs). It’s a little something called contract negotiations, and it’s gotten complicated this time around.”
With the holdup from negotiation, we probably won’t get Season 4 for a very long time. Back in December before the delayed contract negotiations, Rick and Morty writer and producer Ryan Ridley said he’d be “be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air anytime sooner than 2019… late 2019.” With this recent delay it is possible that we won’t get new episodes until 2020. In the meantime, watch this Run The Jewels music video featuring Rick and Morty because you might not be getting your R&M fix for a long time.