Dan Harmon Explains “Rick & Morty” S3 Delay

In a series of just over two dozen tweets, “Rick and Morty” creator Dan Harmon has spoken about the prolonged absence of a third season of the Adult Swim animated comedy and reassures fans behind-the-scenes issues are not to blame for the long delay.

Harmon also confirmed that he and fellow co-creator Justin Roiland are not feuding over the series, rather it’s a more basic issue of quality control – to try and match up with the levels on display of the first two seasons. Here’s the explanation in full:

“A hungover thread where I address Rick and Morty devotees because I feel bad for any fan worrying about any show-threatening issue. Justin and I are very regretful about the season taking way too long. I want to explain “what happened” because it’s way less dramatic than you might ever imagine.

Post internet TV audiences are so used to finding out there’s an intriguing/confusing/intense reason for delays. And Christ knows if you’ve ever seen MY name on the internet I’ve only got myself to blame for an association with intrigue/confusion/drama. But the truth in this case is so very boring. I will put it to you as objectively as I can, though we aren’t talking about an auto plant.

The reason S3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was S3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than S2 or S1. It’s a common yet odd phenomenon. Tail-chasing, perfectionism, overthinking? One problem is that any description you pick for it is going to have a falseness.

If I say “we overthought” someone else could say “well, no, we thought the right amount,” it’s like talking about religion or something. It feels I think, to writers, sacreligious and ineffective to open the creative process and poke and label. But don’t worry about the content, because, the reason overthought slows you down is, you just do way more versions of stuff than needed. You usually end up back where you started.

So as far as I can tell, although I’m too close to it, it’s just another good season of RAM. That took way too fucking long to write because it just seems like the same stuff that took way less time to write. That’s it. Boring answer.

As I speak, more articles are coming out about me and Justin fighting. Because it’s a less boring reason for a season to take long, And because I’m Dan Harmon, so it’s a smart fucking first guess, it just happens to be hilariously not true even in the slightest. If you do know of me at all you know that if Justin and I HAD ever fought, not only wouldn’t we be able to keep it secret, We’d be all too eager to share it with you.

Also, that’s not what would make the show slow down! Fighting probably would have been a good idea, it might have sped us up. So that’s it. I shouldn’t have started a thread when i need to pack for airport, but that’s it. We took too long writing. Totes regrets. And we look back and we talk to each other about how we can avoid it happening again and I’m pretty sure the reason it won’t is cuz. It happened. That’s how it works. You do something you don’t know you’re doing and then you’re like oh I did that and then you do otherwise.

I don’t know if any danger to the show itself that comes from you believing Justin and I are fighting and the show is gone forever, BUT. Like I said it breaks my heart to think of some kid reading one of these clickbait pieces after all the energy that kid has put into fandom.

The show by my metric, which is people seeing my tee shirts and saying “I love that show” has like the craziest reach of anything I’ve been. A part of. So..it makes sense that when you take something that loved and delay it this long and let the internet simmer, you get this stuff. And we’re flattered by it and thankful to you and can’t wait for you to see S3 and also JUSTIN IS A PIECE OF S–T I’M GOING TO FIST FIGHT. End of threaddddddd so hungover.

The first season aired in late 2013, the second began mid-2015. While we did get the season premiere back in April, no new episodes have followed in the nearly three months since. The remaining thirteen episodes of the third season are expected to air sometime in 2017.