‘Rick and Morty’ season 4: release date, plot and everything we know so far

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Season 3 may only just have finished, but Rick And Morty fans are already waiting for a fourth season. The wacky animated series has enraptured millions of viewers, and got a niche McDonald’s dipping sauce back on the menu, so when’s it back?

With a fourth season of the show newly confirmed, here’s everything we know about Rick and Morty season 4.

Will there be a season 4 of Rick and Morty?

Yes! Co-creator Justin Roiland has confirmed that there are 70 new episodes of the show coming. There’s currently only been 31 episodes over three seasons, which means that Rick and Morty could be running for a long time more – although it’s not known how many episodes will feature in season 4.

Roiland also marked the news in an Instagram video with Dan Harmon, which featured the pair taking a shower together, lead Roiland to quip: “I’ve gotta get back to work! We both do!”. See that beneath.

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Harmon previously told Entertainment Weekly: “Now I’m about to do season 4 of Rick and Morty and want to prove that I’ve grown.”

So when could we expect Rick and Morty season 4 be released?

In a really, really long time: that’s all that fans have been told so far about the next season’s release date.

In a post-credits scene in the finale of season three, we saw the return of Mr Poopybutthole, who announced that season four may not be happening for a “really long time” – and he could even have grandkids and a beard by the time the next season arrives.

However, Mr Poopybutthole does reference a ‘Santa Claus beard’ – which could have been a clue to a Christmas 2018 release. There’s typically been a lengthy gap in between each season, with 18 months in between seasons 2 and 3, so this would fit in neatly with the usual timeline.

Adult Swim have also been teasing that it could be a while until the next season on their Twitter:

And the Rick and Morty Twitter account has also said it’s the last new episode for a while:

However it could be even longer than fans expected – with Ryan Ridley, a writer and producer on the show, saying that he would be surprised if there was a fourth season sooner than 2019. Speaking to the Detroit Cast he said: “They really take their time. I never understood why everybody — all parties, Dan [Harmon], Justin [Roiland], 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.”

He went on to add: “I’m just shocked that it’s taking – we got done writing season 3 in November of last year and here we are 11 months later,” he explained. “And then I know how long the show takes to write, let alone animate, so it’s just like, I’d be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air any sooner than 2019 – in late 2019.”

How many episodes will there be?

It’s not yet been confirmed. Seasons 1-3 have all featured 10 or 11 episodes; and initially there were plans for the third season to have 14 episodes (but they ended up with 10).

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, co-creator of the show Dan Harmon discussed creating 14 episodes for season 4, saying: “I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, “Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now.” The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season 4 — prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network — that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes.”

In May it was confirmed that Adult Swim would be renewing the show for another 70 episodes, but they haven’t specified how many seasons this will span across.

Are there any trailers for Rick and Morty season 4 yet?

Yes! The show released a short trailer online in mid-August, which sees the dynamic duo transformed into superheroes (and referencing fan favourite Pickle Rick). Although it’s not clear if this is a standalone video, or a trailer for the next season.

What about guest stars?

With the burgeoning popularity of ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 featured the voices of Peter Serafinowicz, Danny Trejo and Joel McHale; but as of yet no guests have been confirmed yet for season 4.

Could Kanye West guest star? Maybe. Kanye expressed his love the Adult Swim show back in May as news broke about Rick and Morty being renewed for season 4. “This is the greatest news. This is my favourite show. I’ve seen every episode at least 5 times each,” he tweeted at the time. He even invited co-creator Justin Roiland to hang out.

Then, for Kanye’s 41st birthday, the rapper’s wife Kim Kardashian West commissioned an original birthday song written and performed by Roiland, who voices both Rick and Morty. In the song, Rick singing about sneaking into Kanye’s bedroom late at night. Check it out below.

In July, Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd said that he would like to lend his voice to the show.

Many fans will know that Rick and Morty is inspired by Lloyd’s character, Doc Brown, and Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly from the landmark 1985 film.

Speaking to Phoenix New Times about starring in the new series, Lloyd said: “I’d like to, of course. I think it’s really fun.

“I don’t follow it closely, but I’ve seen a few episodes and I gotta tell you, I think it’s a lot of fun. I know it’s some kind of parody of Doc and Marty.”

When asked if he would accept playing the role of Rick’s father, Lloyd replied: “that’d be fun.”

What about old characters returning?

We don’t know for certain about any returning characters yet – but we do know that a fan favourite ‘Butter Bot’ won’t be returning. In a recent advert the Rick and Morty created for Old Spice we see the beloved robot brutally murdered, when he’s eaten by a massive, anthropomorphic can of Old Spice.

Could The Vindicators return?

The comic creators at Oni Press have announced they’re offering a series of one-shot issues that will explore the back-stories of Rick and Morty characters. The first issue will focus on The Vindicators, with future instalments on Krombopulos Michael (#2), Sleepy Gary (#3), and Pickle Rick and Jaguar (#4).

Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators will be published March 7, 2018 – and Oni Press promises that it’ll make readers “gasp in shock and awe as the plot twists and previously irrelevant characters revive the dead”.

With the return of these fan favourite characters in the comic book, could this be a set up for another appearance of the crime fighting squad in the next series?

And any idea of the plot?

Season 3 left us with questions, and a lot of them. What happened to Evil Morty? Is there actually a Clone Beth? So there’s every chance that season 4 could be used to tie up these loose threads.

There was a small clue about the content of season 4 in the season 3 finale, when Beth commented that now the family were reunited it would be like season 1 “but more streamlined.” With Jerry and Beth’s divorce seemingly being called off, we could see more antics for the entire Smith family in season 4.