‘Rick and Morty’ season 3: release date, trailers, cast, writers and everything you need to know

We finally have a release date!

Wubba lubba dub dub! The first episode of Rick and Morty season 3 has aired, and we know the rest is coming in under a fortnight. While we wait for season 3 to continue, here’s the lowdown on what’s coming next in the awesome sci-fi animation sensation that is Rick and Morty – release date, trailers and all the other info you need to know.

Is there a trailer for season 3?

Yes there is, finally! Here it is:

Have we seen any other clips of the show?

Yes – a psychedelic, three-minute acid trip featuring at least 23 different animation styles:

When is Rick and Morty season 3 back?

July 30.

No, you’re not dreaming – it’s finally happening. Episode 2, Rickmancing The Stone, will air on Adult Swim on the final Sunday of July, 2017, as shown in the above trailer and the below tweet.

We already had episode 1 of the season, The Rickshank Rickdemption, on April 1, 2017. 

On April Fools’ Day, Rick and Morty season 3’s first episode debuted on Adult Swim’s website, available only to certain countries, including the US. It acted as an origin story for Rick and his portal gun, but it also saw Rick breaking out of the Galactic Federation prison that he handed himself into at the end of season 2. Here’s a few screenshots:

The near two-year delay since season 2 ended in October 2015 has been down to animation, creator Dan Harmon said in February 2017. “Here’s how cartoons work,” he told his Harmontown podcast audience. “First you write them, then you draw them. For a really long time. Everything needs to be on paper, so you can see it. If all I do is write it, and then put it on TV, it’ll look like a script, instead of Rick and Morty, which you seem to like. So when you ask where it is, the answer is: they’re drawing it.”

Why are Rick and Morty fans suddenly obsessed with McDonald’s Szechuan sauce?

Episode 1 of season 3 heavily referenced a the 1998 McDonald’s promotional Szechuan sauce, created to coincide with the release of Disney’s Mulan.

At the end of the episode, Rick says his 9-season objective is to get the McDonald’s Szechuan sauce brought back, and later the show’s Twitter account even got a response from McDonald’s on the matter:

Suddenly, instead of the release date for season 3 of Rick and Morty, fans were obsessed with finding out the recipe of this sauce – and the YouTuber below has done his best to replicate it.

What else is new?

We’ve also been shown a clip of Rick voice actor Justin Roiland getting supremely drunk to method-act a scene where Rick is supremely drunk. We don’t really learn anything about the plot of season 3, but it is pretty funny:

How many episodes will there be in season 3?

14.

In January 2016 Dan Harmon appeared at Magic City Comic Con and revealed that unlike season 1, which had 11 episodes, and season 2, which had 10, there’d be 14 episodes in season 3. Another reason for the massive delay.

What’s the plot going to be?

Writer Ryan Ridley has teased a few details about season 3. Speaking on the Y Combinator podcast, he said that things from previous seasons – like ‘evil’ eyepatch Morty – might come back: “we stay true to the idea that the world is real,” he said. “There are consequences.” He added that we’ll be seeing Beth and Jerry’s divorce, which was revealed in the first episode of season 3 on April 1, 2017.

Ridley also revealed that Mr Meeseeks will not be making a return this season. “We’ve talked about how we’d bring back Meeseeks,” he said, “We’d want to really explore a different aspect of it. But that’s one way to do it, right there, is to show what the inside of a Meeseeks box looks like. That would have been really cool.”

What are the episodes called?

Other than The Rickshank Rickdemption, we only know one of the titles so far, thanks to Spencer Grammer (Summer) who shared the front page of episode 2’s script on Instagram. It’s called Rickmancing The Stone and it was written by R&M newcomer and Simpsons alum Jane Becker.

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How much has the writing team changed?

It’s got more of a gender balance. Dan Harmon told Den of Geek: “There was a craving for a gender balance in the writers’ room that we had never had. I think it’s like a 50/50 balance now, like in the early days of Community, which is really great. Because I think the important thing about gender in the writers’ room is not representation, it’s balance.”

New to the team is Robot Chicken’s Jessica Gao, who wrote episode 3 – and Sarah Carbiener and Erica Rosbe are also new, sharing writing duties for episode 4.

We also know that Ryan Ridley & Dan Guterman are writing episode 7. They co-wrote the episode where Jerry is asked to give up his genitals to save the life of the galaxy’s most influential civil rights leader (meanwhile, Rick and Morty watch intergalactic TV like ‘Man vs Car’ and ‘Octopus Man’). Their ‘great collaboration’ continues…

Where will season 3 start off?

Viewers may remember that season 2 ended with Rick handing himself into the Galactic Federation, awaiting a lifetime in prison. This is where The Rickshank Rickdemption picked up the story – with Rick being interrogated by the Galactic Federation about his portal gun, and Morty and the rest of the family living under their government. This doesn’t last long because, as Dan Harmon explained: “I don’t think anybody wants to do a third season that simply spends a whole bunch of episodes dealing with a situation that we created at the end of the second season, so I think that’s a non-spoiler way of saying things should be okay pretty quickly.” As you can see in the below tweet, The Rickshank Redemption was recorded a year ago, which is probably why it’s out so much sooner than the rest of the episodes.

Stay tuned for more news about Rick and Morty season 3 – we’ll update this page as it becomes available.