‘Rick And Morty’ Co-Creator Explains Why Season 3 Is Running Late

January 29, 2017


We’ve been waiting patiently for Rick and Morty season 3, but now the fans are becoming a bit restless. Naturally. Especially as season 3 was officially greenlit a couple of months ago, with audio recording having started in February 2016.

However, Rick and Morty season 3 still hasn’t hit our boring and uneventful lives, and now the show’s co-creator Dan Harmon has (finally) decided to shed some light onto this unexpected delay.

A Perfectionist Knows No Deadlines

It appears that he himself is the problem. In a conversation with IndieWire, Harmon said the following:

“I’m so sorry. I don’t have a release date for Season 3. It’s not that I know it and I’m not allowed to say it; it’s [Adult Swim’s] domain. What I will tell you is it’s late because of us, it’s late because of me. If [co-creator] Justin [Roiland] were here, he’d agree. He and I would go, ‘Yeah, we f–ked up,’ and it’s hard to put your finger on how we f–ked up. Rick and Morty keeps taking longer and longer to write, and I don’t know why.”

This is exactly why we love this show so much. Its creators don’t want to produce shitty episodes and they are running late because they want the quality of their series to be consistent. We respect that.

So-Called “Fights” Between The Creators

Harmon also said he and Roiland would get in “fights” about the plots and jokes of the episodes, which was misinterpreted, of course. So, recently he clarified what he meant by that via a string of consecutive tweets:

“The ‘fights’ I refer to aren’t ‘the reason 4 delay.’ The ‘fights’ also aren’t what you call a fight when you have one in your home or street. I’m talking about fights like ‘what joke to do’ […] The truth is not dramatic. It’s quite boring. We love our show. It’s a weird show that we struggle to not overthink OR underthink. […] Part of what I was trying to express is that WE would sit and ponder, what’s the problem here, how can we write faster, why we so slow? And then we’d go ‘what made us faster in season 1’ and then we’d go ‘we didn’t sit here talking about this, let’s just do this,’ etc. I tell you, as a self destructively honest guy, Justin and I have literally never fought. Season 3 isn’t late because of ‘fighting.’”

So there you have it, season 3 is running late because they want it to be better than the previous 2. Which is perfectly fine. Maybe in some other parallel universe season 3 is already out and it sucks. I’m glad we’re not there.